Jun 11, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT
Jake Arrieta won his his MLB debut yesterday despite a tough first matchup against the Yankees, striking out six and pitching around some shaky control to allow three runs in six innings. David Hernandez closed out Arrieta’s first victory by picking up his first save just hours after new manager Juan Samuel officially handed him ninth-inning duties until Alfredo Simon returns from the disabled list next week.
Hernandez struggled mightily in the rotation, going 5-15 with a 5.49 ERA in 27 starts, but racked up tons of strikeouts in the minors and has the raw stuff to potentially thrive as a late-inning reliever. Hernandez’s average fastball as a starter was 93.0 miles per hour, so focusing on short outings should get him into the mid-90s and it wouldn’t be surprising to see Samuel give him some save chances even after Simon returns.
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