I wrote a piece for Cincinnati Magazine that addresses something I’ve been seeing lately that concerns me: some Reds fans are already losing patience with this team’s young pitchers. I can’t stress enough how important it is to stay the course with these young guys. There are a number of good reasons for that.
For example: Dallas Keuchel. Jake Arrieta. Greg Maddux. Tom Glavine. Johnny Cueto.
Young pitchers struggle:
What I can tell you, however, is that baseball history is littered with the names of All-Star pitchers—and even Hall of Famers—who were wildly inconsistent in their first exposure to big league pitching. That’s because pitching at the major league level is difficult! MLB hitters are the best in the world, you know. Learning to get those hitters out is a process, one that takes time for almost every young pitcher.
Go read my piece at Cincinnati Magazine and let me know what you think.