Odrisamer Despaigne took his first MLB beating Thursday when he coughed up six runs on nine hits and a walk with three strikeouts over 5.2 innings against the Cardinals.
Despaigne opened up his MLB career with five-straight quality starts and was sitting on a 1.31 ERA over 34.1 innings. His strikeout rate was meager and he was walking too many batters, but did a good job of stranding runners. His last outing, he started to get hit around a little more, but poor fielding by his infield really put him behind and manager Bud Black yanked him early. This time around though, Despaigne had no one to blame but himself as his pitches had little movement and he stayed up in the zone most of the time. He had thrown 97 pitches (64 strikes) before being yanked in the sixth. He'll get a chance to redeem himself with a start against the Twins at pitcher-friendly Target Field next week.
Analyst: Howard Bender View Profile
The Smoke and Mirrors act is coming to an end. He's not going to be the next El Duque although the slow curve and bizarre angles look the part. He still has some value in NL-Only leagues, but I wouldn't count on a productive final two months from the cuban import.
Analyst: Spencer Silva View Profile