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Roy Oswalt has a dead arm

Aug 6, 2010, 12:50 PM EDT

Roy Oswalt has a case of dead arm.  Matt Gleb breaks it down a bit and notes that Oswalt has been using his curveball and slider a bit more to compensate for the a lack of velocity.

Not that you’d know it from looking at last night’s box score. Oswalt gave up two runs, but both of them were still on base when he left, so the Philly bullpen should take some of that blame. He struck out five but walked four, so I guess he wasn’t terribly sharp (I didn’t tune into the game until after he had been pulled).

It’s been a pretty crazy couple of weeks for Oswalt, first as the subject of intense speculation and then moving from a going nowhere Astros team that was the only baseball home he’s ever known to an east coast pennant race.  My guess: dude’s gonna be just fine.

  1. nrg1006 - Aug 6, 2010 at 1:15 PM

    It’s true about you Craig… you know nothing as a writer.

  2. Old Gator - Aug 6, 2010 at 1:36 PM

    nrg, you’ve added immeasurably to this discussion with your penetrating insight and clear, concise explanation of whatever it is that’s sticking in your craw.

  3. BC - Aug 6, 2010 at 1:37 PM

    Whooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooops!!!!!

  4. Jonny5 - Aug 6, 2010 at 1:59 PM

    Yes, his “dead arm” is twice as good as most pitchers “live arm” just saying……………

  5. bigshotrob - Aug 6, 2010 at 2:04 PM

    Craig,
    Oswalt wasn’t particularly sharp early on last night (threw a lot of pitches in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd), but got into a good groove in the 4th, 5th, and 6th.
    i think I read where he has had trouble with the Marlins in his career, so I think last night was actually pretty good even though he only went 6 1/3 innings.
    NRG, maybe you should stick to political blogs, they have a lot of witty, well grounded posters such as yourself.

  6. Ditto65 - Aug 6, 2010 at 5:07 PM

    Did you notice Craig was reporting someone else’s conclusion, and basically said dead arm or not, Oswalt is juuuust fine.

  7. Old Gator - Aug 7, 2010 at 10:34 AM

    You haven’t been paying much attention, have you? This is a political blog.
    .
    A dead arm isn’t very interesting. What would fascinate yours truly was if Oswalt’s arm would stop obeying him, like Dr. Strangelove’s. Boy, would that cross up the catcher or what?

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