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Ryan Vogelsong is falling apart, “not really happy about it”

Sep 11, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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Ryan Vogelsong was one of the most consistently excellent pitchers in baseball through the first four months of the season, throwing 143 innings with a league-leading 2.27 ERA through August 8 while allowing more than four runs zero times in 21 starts.

Since then he’s been a mess and after another poor outing against the Rockies last night Vogelsong has allowed 28 runs in his last 26 innings. By comparison he allowed 38 total runs in his first 143 innings.

The good news is that his 32/7 K/BB ratio during this 26-inning stretch suggests he’s still pitching much better than the ugly 9.57 ERA would suggest. The bad news is that he’s served up six homers in 125 plate appearances after giving up a grand total of 10 homers in his first 580 plate appearances.

“I’m costing us games right now and I’m not really happy about it,” Vogelsong said, via Andrew Baggarly of However, he added that there’s nothing wrong with him physically and “I’ve been through way too much in this game to let six not good starts keep me from where I want to get with this team.”

Baggarly also asked Buster Posey if he noticed anything different with Vogelsong, but the All-Star catcher explained that “the stuff is there, velocity is there … he’s throwing the ball as well as ever, I feel like.”

Vogelsong is scheduled to make his next start Sunday at home against the Diamondbacks, who knocked him out of the game in the fourth inning two starts ago.

  1. marklar1025 - Sep 11, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    hey we finally have an blog on the Giants – its got to be how theyve taken control of the West after everybody said they would fall apart once Melky got busted.. no

    maybe on how there was no chance of winning the west after the big trade l.a. pulled off but they are still fighting and have complete control of their own destiny… guess not

    oh well. Giants play .500 rest of the way and l.a. has to win 16 of 21 to tie. Looking good Giants. Get your staff in order and do what you need to do to get ready for the playoffs.

  2. thomas2727 - Sep 11, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    So is he tired, hurt or tipping his pitches?

    I have watched all of his starts this season and I cannot really tell for sure.

    My best guess is the workload from 2011 and 2012 is probably catching up with him.

  3. paperlions - Sep 11, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    Oh….so…no leprosy then?

    • temporarilyexiled - Sep 11, 2012 at 3:01 PM

      His arm is falling off is just an expression.

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