Bob Wickman blew a save chance today. He came in to pitch the bottom of the ninth and got two outs, while giving up one hit, three walks, one hit batsman and two runs. Not pretty. The Rockies tied the game against Wickman and went on to win it in extra innings.
On Friday, Wickman entered the game in the ninth with a five run lead, only to surrender three runs on two hits and two walks. It took a miraculous over-the-shoulder basket catch by Braves RF Jeff Francoeur to salvage a win for the Braves.
During Friday’s game, Wickman motioned to the dugout, drawing an imaginary line across his throat as if to signal, “Cut!” It’s no secret why he wanted to halt production – he couldn’t find the strike zone with a map. But when was the last time you saw a pitcher beg his way out of a game?
So far, there’s no indication that Wickman is hurt. But fantasy owners might want to go out and pick up dynamite set-up man Rafael Soriano, just in case he gets promoted this week.
Meanwhile, the Braves need to decide if Wickman’s struggles were merely a result of pitching in the thin Denver air, or if there’s something more serious going on. Because right now he looks awful.