After his worst outing of 2012, Orioles starter Tommy Hunter didn’t convey much confidence in his postgame interview with Gary Thorne on MASN.
“The ball was up,” Hunter said. “They were getting good hits, they were hitting the ball. You know, that’s what happens when the ball is up.” During Hunter’s three inning outing on Monday, I continually tweeted that he failed to hit Matt Wieters’ glove most of the game. The Orioles Gold Glove catcher didn’t seem to know where any of Hunter’s pitches were going, but they weren’t headed towards where he set up behind the plate.
Possibly Hunter’s most alarming response came when Gary Thorne asked him why he struggled to keep the ball down in the zone and force ground ball outs. “Man, if I had that answer it’d be a different story,” he said. “The ball is up in the games and I got to figure something out.”
As Roch Kubatko points out, Hunter hasn’t recorded a win since April 24 and has surrendered 13 home runs in 58 innings. Unfortunately for him with Zach Britton, Endy Chavez and Brian Roberts all looking to return to Baltimore, he will likely be figuring out his mechanical problems down on the farm.