By Joe Christensen
In four starts since making his brilliant 2007 debut at Milwaukee, Scott Baker is 0-2 with a 9.64 ERA. He’s given up 30 hits and nine walks in 18 2/3 innings.
Tonight wasn’t pretty: 4.2 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 1 BB, 6 K and a grand slam served up to Geoff Jenkins. I’ll get you some postgame reaction later and keep my ears open for these two words: Matt Garza.
Update: Sounds like Baker gets at least one more start, which would come Wednesday against the Mets at Shea Stadium.
Asked how patient the team can afford to be with Baker, Gardy said, “Well, we’ve pretty much run through our system here. We don’t have that many options. We have Garza down there, who we think is getting pretty close, and guys like that, so we’ll have to sit back and think about it, and run [Baker] back out there and go from there. You always have to look at options. He had one or two good starts here, but the others have been up and just not getting it done, so we’ll see. … He’s competing. He’s changed his style. He’s throwing some pitches, but not tonight. He just didn’t get it done.”