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Ryan Vogelsong: “It’s not always sunshine and roses out there, you know?”

May 16, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

Ryan Vogelsong AP

Last week after an ugly start Giants right-hander Ryan Vogelsong seemed shocked to learn that people were speculating about his rotation spot being in jeopardy.

He struggled again yesterday, allowing eight runs (only three earned) in two innings, falling to 1-4 with an 8.06 ERA. This time around Vogelsong mostly just seemed at a loss to explain why he’s fallen apart after two very good seasons, telling Andrew Baggarly of

It’s not always sunshine and roses out there, you know? You’ve got to find a way to play through it and get outs. … Things have got to turn in my favor eventually. I shattered two bats. I mean, I sawed them off and they went for two hits. You’ve just got to ride it out, make the best pitch possible every pitch.

Meanwhile, manager Bruce Bochy seemed uncertain about what to do with Vogelsong, stopping short of saying his rotation spot is safe. San Francisco’s defense definitely didn’t do Vogelsong any favors yesterday, but he’s allowed at least six runs in four straight starts and hasn’t turned in a Quality Start since April 19.

  1. billybawl - May 16, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    “The sun don’t shine on the same dog’s a** all the time.”

  2. jonirocit - May 16, 2013 at 12:41 PM


    • tuberippin - May 17, 2013 at 12:00 AM

      Great comment. Thanks for your invaluable contribution to the discussion.

    • nbjays - May 17, 2013 at 7:31 AM

      You obviously don’t know a great Catfish Hunter quote when you see one, jonirocit. In Vogelsong’s case, it’s been pretty rainy on that dog’s ass all year.

  3. proudlycanadian - May 16, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    Yesterday, he received no help from his error prone team mates. He should have been out of the first inning with a 1 to 0 lead. Instead, he was down by 5 to 1. He had to throw a lot of pitches in that inning due to the errors and was simply out of gas when he was pulled from the game.

    • eightyraw - May 16, 2013 at 6:48 PM

      Sure, he could’ve been out of that inning 1-0, but does he get no blame for the ensuing HR, single, HBP, and single?

      Vogelsong is last in the MLB among qualified starters in ERA and FIP. The great comeback story looks to be over.

      • northbeachtom - May 16, 2013 at 8:12 PM

        Dodger fan gasping for hope.

      • eightyraw - May 16, 2013 at 8:51 PM

        I don’t care about the Dodgers. I do know that there were no signs at any time that Ryan Vogelsong would turn into a successful MLB pitcher at the age of 33. This was an incredible development. However, his FIP- for the past two years were 100 and 99 respectively. He is turning back into the original Ryan Vogelsong. This shouldn’t be a shock.

  4. northbeachtom - May 16, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    Dodgers are in last place …. get used to it.

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