We all know better. All the armchair prospect enthusiasts have more insight into the viability of a given prospects ability to produce at the big league level. When guys like Joe Saunders and Josh Collmenter fill your rotaion, how can you not bring up stud prospects like Trevor Bauer or Tyler Skaggs?

Well, the trouble is, pitching is hard. Very, very hard.

Trevor Bauer has great stuff and a refreshing approach to the game. He attracts a great deal of attention (probably too much) for his jaw-dropping long toss routine. Trevor Bauer is fun and somewhat captivating.

Trevor Bauer is also a strikeout pitcher struggling to find the zone with regularity at the big league level. This coming after a grand total of 118 and two-thirds innings pitched in the minor leagues. Trevor Bauer is 21 years old. Trevor Bauer is still learning how to do lots of things, pitch at the big league level chief among them.

Bauer started out like a champ last night, striking out the side in the first inning. But things quickly unravelled for the young right-hander, allowing seven runs and walking four batters while registering just 10 outs. Those ten outs required 80 pitches, not exactly a sign of domination.

It was just his second start at the big league level so there are not any grand conclusions to draw here. Pitching is hard and getting big leaguers out is very, very difficult. Guys like Joe Saunders are continually employed for a reason. It is confounding but they always say the biggest gap in baseball is the one between Triple-A and the Bigs. Bauer will be fine but it will take time.

Do the Diamondbacks have time as they fight with the Dodgers and Giants for the NL West crown? What choice do they have? Joe Saunders? C’mon, that guy sucks.


Ozzie Guillen goes full Ozzie after the Marlins lose a crazy game to the Brewers. Bad words, on America’s birthday??? [ABC]

In the midst of Bauer’s meltdown, Padres starter Andrew Cashner dominated for two innings only to leave the game with a lat strain. [Garting Blinked]

Dan Haren was bad again last night but he finally admitted to a lingering back problem, an injury he claims plagued him back in Spring Training. [OC Register]

Jose Bautista doesn’t really throw out Mike Moustakas as much as the Moose forgets his sole job when running home is “touch the plate.” At least Jeff Mathis was around to comfort him.

Should the Phillies trade Cliff Lee rather than Cole Hamels? [Brisbee Nation]

The Cardinals won’t have Big Carp to lean on this season as the defending champs’ ace is out for the year. [Viva El Birdos]

Ole Chip doesn’t need your fancy internet votes to make the All Star game, he got in the old fashioned way: Middle Aged White Guy Privilege. Larry went 5-5 to celebrate the honor. [DOBboner]

Is Dice K done? (Spoiler: yes.) [WEEI]

Kevin Youkilis just now realized the first-place White Sox take a backseat to the last-place Cubs in Chicago. Such is life, Youk. [CST]

Big League Stew runs down the top ten rookie performances of 2012…so far! [BLS]

In the name of the Fourth of July and fireworks and all that good stuff, here is a video compliation of every Giancarlo Stanton home run this year. BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM

And bonus video of Stanton hitting BP bombs CLEAR OUT OF MILLER PARK. USA! USA! USA! (taters begin around the 1:30 mark.)