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Is Dontrelle done?

Posted on: June 23, 2010 11:09 pm
Dontrelle Willis Dontrelle Willis lasted just 2 1/3 innings in his latest start for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

After Willis walked Alex Rodrgiuez with the bases loaded and one out, A.J. Hinch brought the hook to the mound and took Willis out. The walk tied the score at 2.

Reliever Blaine Boyer saved Willis' line by getting Robinson Cano to ground into an inning-ending double play.

Willis had allowed just one hit -- but had as many walks as outs, seven.

Willis has made four starts for Arizona since coming over from Detroit, winning a game, but has struggled mightily with his control, walking 21 in 17 1/3 innings.

Could Willis be done? It's been a popular question for several years now, but it's still relevant. The fact that Willis is still getting a shot reminds you of just how good he was earlier in his career. He was one of the shining lights of baseball, a guy you could root for and had to watch. Now you still root for him, but you don't want to watch just how far he's fallen since leaving Florida.

Willis will get a no-decision tonight thanks to Boyer, but since his first start for the DIamondbacks he's struggled more and more and it'll be interesting to see if he's back out there in five days. If Hinch can trust him to get through three innings, it seems tough to send him out there again.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Since: Aug 1, 2008
Posted on: June 24, 2010 1:01 pm

Is Dontrelle done?

I'm a Yankees fan and it was honestly hard to watch Dontrelle pitch last night.  I felt incredibly bad and embarrassed for the guy.  He has fallen so far from his glory days that it's flat out horrific.  He was bouncing pitches 2 and 3 ft in front of the plate.  He just didn't walk A-Rod with bases loaded, ball 4 went 5 ft over his head and behind him.  I'd love to see him bounce back and flash some of his old stuff, but I seriously doubt it will ever happen.

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