Anthony Ranaudo

Anthony Ranaudo: 'Those kinds of pitches aren't going to fly here'

September 09, 2014 - 8:29 pm

John Farrell has spoken highly of Anthony Ranaudo's mound presence and poise. His stuff has been another matter. On Tuesday, Ranaudo allowed three homers in just 3 1/3 innings to take the defeat in the Red Sox' 4-1 loss to the Orioles. The 25-year-old has now permitted eight homers in just 28 2/3 innings this year, with vulnerability on fastballs up in the strike zone representing a common thread in his starts. "He didn't get away with many mistakes, pitches that were elevated in the strike zone," Farrell said after the game. "Where he's gotten some swing and miss in some previous starts with some mislocated pitches, that wasn't the case tonight. "He's a flyball pitcher and there's, as we've seen, there's a substantial difference between Triple-A and here. And possibly, with some of those same pitches, they're not going to be driven as they are here, and it's a matter of elevation within the strike zone." Ranaudo, who went 14-4 with a 2.61 ERA this year in Triple-A en route to International League Pitcher of the Year honors, is now 3-2 with a 5.40 ERA in the big leagues. Tuesday represented his worst outing of the bunch. Ranaudo said the responsibility to turn around his results falls on him. "I think this is my fifth start now. Guys have seen film, seen me pitch a couple times," said Ranaudo. "Those kind of pitches aren't going to fly here, especially late in the season. Fatigue might be setting in. I've got to be a little bit sharper about some things, make some better adjustments quicker. Obviously they're making adjustments to me now. It's my job to make adjustments to them." Of course, those adjustments may be particularly challenging at this stage of the year. Ranaudo has blown past his previous career innings high of 146 (reached last year in the regular season and playoffs). He's now at 168 2/3 innings, and pitching deeper into the calendar year than he ever has before. Yet he would not accept that as a reason for his poor performance on Tuesday. "I think tonight, some of the pitches, I went back and looked at the film, and even my breaking balls and stuff like that weren't as crisp as they've been in the last couple starts," said Ranaudo. "I'm trying not to think too much into that. I feel good physically. I'm also aware that this is September and I'm around 170 innings. But like I said, those are things I'm going to have to adjust to. Everyone is going through that, everybody is playing in September and going through fatigue and stuff like that. it's just a matter of me making better adjustments and making better pitches."