Though both men did start in the New York version of this series, neither of them got a decision. Hernandez produced a better performance, allowing two runs in six innings, and leaving the game with a quality no-decision [Arizona won that one 3-2]. Max Scherzer only lasted four innings, taking 86 pitches to get through those, but avoiding the defeat as we tied the game up in the sixth - that contest was the one the Mets took, on the grand-slam off Zavada in, inevitably, the eighth inning.
Scherzer might be glad to get back to Chase. While his season ERA is still higher here, his last couple of starts at home have been quality ones, something which can't be said for his past three outings on the road. As ever, the key question is how economical Max can be. If he's getting through his innings in less than twenty pitches, then he'll have a good chance of lasting six or more innings. He needs to be aggressive, and hopefully have good enough stuff to put hitters away once he has got two strikes on them, rather than seeing four or five pitches fouled off first.
The team will be trying to avoid surgery for Jarrod Parker. After the examination by Dr. Michael Lee on Monfsu, he recommended Parker be shutdown for between four and six weeks, until the second half of next month - he'd then be re-evaluated. If that goes well, they hope he would be ready by the start of spring training. However, if the conservative approach doesn't work, then surgery remains a possibility, and he'll probably be lost for most if not all of the 2010 season. Meanwhile, seems Chris Young hasn't yet reported to Triple-A - that'll probably happen Friday, when the team returns to Reno.
As noted already, no Scott Schoeneweis, who has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with depression - his roster spot has been taken by Daniel Schlereth, who'll be hoping to do better than the 0-2 with a 9.64 ERA he managed in his previous stint with the big club, which covered six games. In another move, the team released veteran reliever Tom Gordon, who had shown little sign of recapturing his big-league form on his rehab assignment That may well be the end of Gordon's career: it was a small gamble for the Diamondbacks that just didn't pay off. Here's audio clippage from Josh Byrnes and AJ Hinch on the Scheoenweis situation.
Audio courtesy of KTAR 620
- Stephen Drew SS
- Trent Oeltjen LF
- Gerardo Parra CF
- Mark Reynolds 3B
- Miguel Montero C
- Ryan Roberts 2B
- Chad Tracy 1B
- Alex Romero RF
- Max Scherzer P
Sprankton on the recap - he's let me know it'll probably not be up until a bit later, but it'll still be posted quicker than I'd be able to manage it, post IZW! Hence, not much from me tonight. I leave 'charmer to keep you all under control, and deal with any fainting fits caused by an overdose of Oeltjen...