Jair Jurrjens was leading the way for the Atlanta Braves pitching staff in the first half of 2011, posting a National League best 1.87 ERA before the All-Star break. Since then, however, it has been anything but smooth sailing, and he has the numbers to show for it.
Jurrjens missed all of September with a knee injury, but he claims it is not longer bothering him, even though he struggled all through Spring Training before putting together two solid starts at the end of camp. His struggles continued Wednesday against the New York Mets, when he allowed four runs on seven hits and was chased from the game before recording an out in the fifth inning.
"One inning I had it and one inning I didn't," Jurrjens said on braves.com. "I'm not consistent, and I'm getting a little frustrated right now. The ball is coming out good. I'm just not getting the results I want."
The rough outing put him at an 8.10 ERA and .362 opponent's average after three starts. Dating back to 2011, his last seven starts have seen Jurrjens rack up a 6.87 ERA and only two wins.
"If I had an answer for you I’d give it," Jurrjens told ajc.com. "Right now I just think I’m fighting myself and I’m trying to do too much and not really having fun. Just go out there and pitch my game and let my team help me. I’m trying to do everything too much. I don’t know what to say.”
If all goes according to plan, Jurrjens should get his next opportunity to right his season against the red hot Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday.
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