Phillippe Aumont has been one of the best stories so far this season, but tonight it seemed that all unraveled as he set an IronPigs record with 8 walks. Overall his final line was 5 IP 2 H 3 ER 8 BB 3 K. A bit after the game Greg Joyce of Lehigh Vally Live sent out these set of tweets.
I haven’t watched the game, nor was I standing where Aumont was, so we can’t say whether this is entirely the truth. However, even if it was not debilitating and just Aumont gripping the ball a bit tighter because of some anxiety over throwing a baseball at 95 mph towards other human beings, this is something they could cause some wildness. What really got me curious was this:
So I decided to look at the other pitcher in the game, White Sox RHP Junior Guerra (who is also a great story). Guerra entered the game with 17 walks in 40.2 IP while throwing between 55% and 60% strikes. Todaywent 4.1 innings while walking 5. Now both pitchers could have just been wild today, but it is worth looking at some of the context before skewering a player on their performance and how it affects them going forward.
I will say that regardless of anything, Greg said that Aumont appeared legitimately rattled and concerned about the sun issue both during and after the game. This shows a level of maturity from Aumont to own his performance but also acknowledging the danger of what he is doing. You can bet the Phillies and their coaching staff are aware of what went on and the context of the performance. It is important that we also keep the context in mind when judging it as well.