Focus On: The wrong kind of consistency

You know that scene in “Groundhog Day” when Bill Murray’s character first starts to realize that his life is repeating over and over and over?

That’s how I feel.

I mean, I’ve been to three Boise Hawks games this season, and each time I have seen a collapse eerily reminiscent of a September game in New York City.

Saturday, Sunday, Monday.

I stood down next to the clubhouse after the Hawks lost a tough one 7-5 to Tri-City to get swept in their opening series, and really had to think about how to approach an interim manager with one hell of a starting rotation…and one bullpen from hell.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying it’s going to stay this way. Baseball is a very fickle game, but I can’t ignore a bullpen allowing 25 earned runs in 15 innings pitched. If I have my calculations correct, that’s a 15.00 ERA. It’s also the biggest reason the Hawks sit at 0-3.

Here’s where I finally give some Hawks a big pat on the back.

The three starters so far, Jon Nagel, Robert Hernandez and Su-Min Jung, have combined for 2 earned runs in 12 innings, or simply put, a stellar 1.50 ERA.

That’s astounding.

It’s almost too sad that I had to show you Mr. Hyde in order for the Dr. Jekyll to really be appreciated.

These guys deserve a ton of credit. They’ve kept a team in games that has tried in EVERY way to lose games. Errant throws, errant pitches, beaned batters, walks, missed plays in the outfield, missed plays in the infield and a balk.

But manager Franklin Font was positive with me. He knows these guys are ball players and they will find their stride. The hitting is solid, and the starting pitching is spectacular.

Pitching coach David Rosario told me he’s certain the new arms he’s expecting to get will remedy many of the problems.

I sure hope so. Because frankly, I don’t know how much longer it’s fair to watch a team with such upside let its one downside dictate the final score .  

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