Yusmeiro Petit Sets Record with 46 Consecutive Batters Retired
I couldn’t have been much more off the mark twelve days ago when I wrote that giving Yusmeiro Petit Tim Lincecum‘s spot in the San Francisco Giants rotation would be a mistake. My only defense is that Petit had only retired 19 in a row at the time I wrote the piece.
Now we see if Petit can be relatively consistent through the end of the 2014 season. In his seven late-season starts last year for the Giants, Petit was great the first three starts, but he was only great in one of his final four. There’s no question that he’s pitching great as of this moment, but consistency has never been his strong point, particularly as a starter.
The second question is whether Timmy can get his act together pitching out of the bullpen. He was obviously great in the 2012 post-season pitching out of the bullpen, but that was a small sample size from a pitcher whose a real bulldog.
If Timmy can go out there and throw harder for shorter periods, he might get some of his old magic back. The main issue, though, will be his command. Pitching more often might help with that, but we’ll have to wait and see if that’s the case.
At any rate, it’s time for Yusmeiro Petit to sit back and bask in the glory of setting an all-time record, which really isn’t any less impressive because he did it over eight appearances rather than two or three. He’ll get four days to revel in the moment until its time for him to pitch again.