2 standouts and 1 disappointment from Cardinals series with Jays
Disappointment: Jordan Hicks
It’s never seemed like the best idea to have Jordan Hicks as a starter. He’s seen much success as a reliever. But the Cardinals wanted to give the young, talented flamethrower a shot to stretch out and become the club’s fifth starter.
After Tuesday’s outing, the Cardinals should reconsider things.
Now 1-4 on the season, Hicks pitched three innings on Tuesday. giving up four hits, five walks and four earned runs. He gave up a home run to Danny Jansen that traveled 408-feet at 103.7 mph.
He did strike out three. Hicks did induce five swings and misses. Hicks exit velocity topped out at 101.8.
Hicks pitches so well at such a high velocity, that it’s frustrating to see him not maximize his performance. It will be curious to see if the Cardinals move him back to the bullpen once they get some more clarity on Steven Matz and figure out when Jack Flaherty will be back in the rotation.
Hicks is an excellent arm. He just doesn’t seem to be finding the success the club wants as a starter. It’s time to return him to the bullpen.