Yesterday, Jason Kendall went his fourth straight game without grounding out to third. So my Kendall fast (see sidebar) is now over.
In its place, I am beginning an Esteban Loaiza fast. I can’t stand watching the dude throw another 84-mph batting practice fastball. During today’s game against the Royals, you could tell after about five pitches that Loaiza had absolutely nothing. You could send out any single-A pitcher from Kane County, and they’d have a better chance at getting people out than Loaiza did today.
I have no idea why Macha didn’t just yank him right away. The guy has an injured trapezius muscle, has no velocity or control whatsoever, and they leave him in there to put a grand slam on a tee for Reggie Sanders. He needs to go join Rich Harden on the DL until whatever is wrong with him is fixed.
I don’t want to see Loaiza again until he’s back throwing his 90+ mph fastballs. Because otherwise, he’s worse than useless. So my Loaiza fast begins right now. I’m not even waiting for this game to be over. Ideally, I’d like to keep fasting Loaiza until he throws a fastball above 90mph, but if I’m not watching the game, it’s kinda hard to know when he throws that speed, because that data isn’t readily available online.
So here’s my Loaiza fast parameters: I’m not watching another Loaiza appearance until he throws five consecutive shutout innings. Because my walls and furniture deserve to remain intact.