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The Roy Oswalt experiment continues to be a bad one

Sep 10, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

Roy Oswalt‘s season has not gone how he wanted it to. After not finding a suitor before the year began he did the Roger Clemens wait until midseason thing, likely figuring that he’d be a half-season savior, setting him up for another deal heading into 2013. Nope.

Oswalt, now a reliever, was a spot starter in yesterday’s game against the Rays. And it wasn’t good: four runs on six hits in two innings and then:

That could be it for him for the season. Even if not, if I had to guess, I’d say he doesn’t make the postseason roster.

  1. dirtyharry1971 - Sep 10, 2012 at 9:39 AM

    roger clements?

    • delawarephilliesfan - Sep 10, 2012 at 9:42 AM

      At least he didn’t write Samuel Clemens

      • cur68 - Sep 10, 2012 at 10:19 AM

        Would have ben better if he’d written Roger Rabbit. His wife’s a dish. Yowza.

  2. beefytrout - Sep 10, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    As someone who was hoping he would land with the Rangers, I’m now hoping he’s thrown his last pitch for the Rangers.

  3. delawarephilliesfan - Sep 10, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    Not kicking the guy, he gave the Phillies soem good outings (some….not a lot, but some). But man oh man….as bad a year as it has been for the Phillies, just imagine if they signed Oswalt and Ryan Madson….

    • thereisaparty - Sep 10, 2012 at 1:12 PM

      He was utterly dominant for the Phillies in 2010 (ERA- of 43!) and solidly above average in 2011 before the unfortunate injury. Not bad for a 3rd or 4th starter.

  4. stex52 - Sep 10, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    I’d have to call this whole Roy Oswalt half-season thing one of the most ill-conceived negotiating plans I have ever seen for a player. He seems not to have understood his own strengths; he has always done a lot of spring tuning and it is clear he just came in not ready to pitch.

    I’m not sure how much more he was planning to pitch. But if he didn’t like the offers he got last winter, he is really not going to like them this winter. I imagine he will retire.

  5. billymc75 - Sep 10, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    Perez should get the spot starts, not too many hard throwing youngsters out there.

  6. willclarkgameface - Sep 10, 2012 at 11:30 AM


    Thanks Texas Rangers for giving us ALMOST something to talk about, but we all knew this was going to happen. Oswalt is not an AL guy, he’s got a bad attitude, and he wasn’t even really all that good in his last job.

    Bad move on this one, Texas.

  7. thereisaparty - Sep 10, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    Not that good in his last job? Maybe you bought into the “four aces” marketing too much, but he pitched pretty much exactly how he was expected to before back injuries ended his season prematurely. ERA was slighted inflated, but still below league average, while his FIP was 10% better than league average.

    Not going to speak on the “not an AL guy” because this is a narrative that has absolutely nothing to support it. Nor do I have any information of him being a guy with a bad attitude. I don’t remember hearing this about him when he was in Houston or Philadelphia. Seems like you are ex post facto assigning these things to him.

  8. throughthewickets - Sep 10, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    All that’s left for Roy is start a software company in R.I.

    His next public appearance should be pitching at next season’s Home Run Derby.

  9. pw38 - Sep 11, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    They need to do something with him because he’s costing them games that are going to be pricey now that we’re down the home stretch. I don’t care if he’s getting his feelings hurt; he’s been a major disappointment up to this point. Either get your ERA down and give us some quality starts/appearances or retire already. The Rangers don’t need the uncertainty from their bullpen at the moment.

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