The writing's on the wall
It's safe to assume Brandon Claussen won't be making his next scheduled start Wednesday against the Mets. Asked that question directly tonight, this is what Jerry Narron had to say:
"Brandon Claussenís been in our rotation all year. He did have a good outing last time, we are looking for him to be more consistent and give us some good outings. We definitely gave Joe Mays a chance to get stretched out a little bit tonight. You face a lineup like that, youíve got to have good stuff. You cannot go out there half-stepping."
One other telling comment from Narron:
"I would like to see Brandon be aggressive, I would like to see him make some quality pitches, I would like to see him get some guys out early in the count. For whatever reason, right now heís not doing that for us."
Claussen, a stand-up guy, was very emotional after the game. He knows what's coming, and he certainly took as professional an approach as you could ask for when questioned about it.
"I havenít done my job lately, and if thatís the decision they feel is going to help this ballclub, then I will support that decision 100 percent," he said. "If they believe that I can still get the job done in the starting rotation, Iíll support that 100 percent. I feel that whatever decision is made is going to be the right decision and I will never argue that at all."