You have to like Kyle Drabek. He's old school. At least in his attitude toward the so-called accepted standard these days of a "quality start" -- three earned runs in six innings. That's a 4.50 ERA, by the way.
In taking the 3-2 loss against the Houston Astros on Sunday, Drabek allowed just that -- three runs in six innings.
When asked if he thought it was a quality start, he said. "Not for me."
He allowed eight hits, including a two-run homer by Hunter Pence, and three walks and needed 104 pitches to go six innings before his outing was finished.
"You know what," Drabek said. "It's (a) 1-1 (game) and that happened with the two-run homer and then walking out of there in a losing situation, that is just nothing that I want. I didn't accomplish much that I want.
"I still walked people and I'd get ahead (in the count) and give it right back. That's not quality right there. That's just getting back to being 3-2 with every hitter and having to be careful with what I do. Most times, it's either going to be a walk or I'm going to lay one up there and that's what I'm trying to get rid of."
Drabek is 23. He proves you don't have to be old to be old school.
He also shows his emotions out there or in the dugout between innings. Maybe he should be more stoic for his own good but at least he shows he's involved and cares. And he insists that the displays of frustration aren't affecting his pitching.
"It doesn't affect me at all," he said. "I just get frustrated. You know when things aren't going your way and you're trying and they just still don't. I'm going to get frustrated. I'm not going to just sit there and hold it all in."
Every once in a while, it's nice to see someone toss aside that big-league cool.
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