Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Ross Ohlendorf is down for the season after another fine outing on Saturday.
General manager Neal Huntington announced that he would sit Ohlendorf down for his final two starts remaining this year due to overuse. Ohlendorf has hurled 176 2/3 innings this year in his first full season as a starting pitcher.
Ohlendorf ends the year with a record of 11-10 and 3.92 ERA in 29 starts. He whiffed 109 and had an impressive WHIP of 1.23 for the hapless Pirates.
More important, however, was Ohlendorf’s performance since the all star break. In his final 11 starts, he had an ERA of 2.83 and limited opponents batting average to .234. He had 8 quality starts in the final 11 games.
Winding Up Ohlendorf
Ohlendorf credits pitching coach Joe Kerrigan with adjusting his windup.
“I think that’s helped my stuff and also my location,” Ohlendorf said. “So that’s been big.
“The big thing is during my windup, I go over my head now. It allows my arm to use less tension in my delivery.”
Ohlendorf said he changed his windup prior to the fourth start after the All-Star break and had no problems with the adjustment. Ohlendorf said that Kerrigan had planned to make the change over the offseason, but he decided to make the move this season.
“I really wasn’t pitching like I wanted to,” Ohlendorf said. So we thought we’d go ahead and do it now. “It was a pretty easy transition for me. I was just kind of lucky in that respect.”
Pirates 2010 Fantasy Baseball Starting Rotation
Manager John Russell also announced that Ohlendorf was guaranteed a spot in the Pirates rotation for 2010 along with Paul Maholm and Zach Duke. He will not have to compete for a job in spring training next year and Russell added that he will have no problem pitching the 27-year-old over 200 innings next year.
Ohlendorf’s final two starts will be taken by either Virgil Vasquez, Eric Hacker, or Jeff Rastens who have pitched predominantly out of the bullpen this year.
Some Smart Rancher
Ohlendorf is not your normal major league pitcher. The Austin, Texas native grew up on a longhorn ranch and has a real passion for ranching. This is some smart cowboy. Ohlendorf earned a 3.75 GPA at Princeton prior to embarking on a MLB career!
The 2010 Fantasy Baseball Draft
The Pittsburgh Pirates have had a losing record for 17 consecutive seasons so its rare that we recommend a Pirate for your fantasy baseball draft for 2010. We do believe, however, that Ohlendorf’s second half stats require you to put him high on your starting pitching analysis for the 2010 fantasy baseball draft.