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ChiSox14305635
05-10-2004, 12:58 PM
Link (http://www.dailyherald.com/sports/sports_story.asp?intid=3811771)

TORONTO - Even though he's 4-2 with a 4.34 ERA, Esteban Loaiza doesn't look anything like the dominant starting pitcher who went 21-9 (2.90 ERA) and finished second in Cy Young Award voting last season.

Loaiza's fastball has lost some zip, and that's allowed opposing hitters to sit on his best pitch, the cutter.

Over his last 3 starts, Loaiza has allowed 17 runs (13 earned) on 26 hits in 19 innings. Last year, the right-hander yielded only 196 hits in 226 innings.

Insisting he's completely healthy, Loaiza said he's going to begin working even harder at building arm strength. While he regularly reached 94 mph with his fastball in 2003, Loaiza is now clocking in at 87-88 mph.

"I need to concentrate on getting stronger and putting more on the ball,'' Loaiza said. "I need to come over the top more. I'm going to start working on my velocity and go from there.''

SoxxoS
05-10-2004, 01:00 PM
Losing 4-6 mph is a MAJOR concern, in my opinion. We are having enough trouble filling in the fifth slot...we aren't going to be able to handle losing our best starter.

Even if Diaz comes up and shuts the Twinkies down, we are still going to have ANOTHER hole. That wouldn't be good at all.

Hopefully it's just a "dead arm" period.

Paulwny
05-10-2004, 01:09 PM
Watching the Jays' scorboard yesterday, he hit 90mph once, all pitches were 86-88 mph.

SoxxoS
05-10-2004, 01:11 PM
Originally posted by Paulwny
Watching the Jays' scorboard yesterday, he hit 90mph once, all pitches were 86-88 mph.

:chunks

kittle42
05-10-2004, 01:14 PM
But he leads the staff in wins, just like Shawn Estes!

Tekijawa
05-10-2004, 01:45 PM
When Jack McDowel going to start saying that Estaban must have been on Steroids last year

Huisj
05-10-2004, 04:07 PM
the suntimes article about this same topic today speculates that it's because his cut fastball is ruining his arm. it says that the cutter probably aided in sirotka and parque having arm injuries. I've never heard this at all before until today, so it seems like an awful lot of jumping to conclusions to me.

StillMissOzzie
05-10-2004, 06:18 PM
Originally posted by SoxxoS
Losing 4-6 mph is a MAJOR concern, in my opinion. We are having enough trouble filling in the fifth slot...we aren't going to be able to handle losing our best starter.

Hopefully it's just a "dead arm" period.

I agree, fellow Lombardian. This could have a major impact on whether they want to re-sign him after this season.

SMO
:gulp:

eriqjaffe
05-11-2004, 09:48 AM
:bkoch:
"Glad to see my secret work with E-Lo during the offseason is paying off!"