For Sean Manaea, a 25-year-old second-year starting pitcher, a season that ends in a 12-10 record and 4.37 ERA is not terribly bad.
The big lefty, though, began his 2017 campaign on pace for numbers far more worthy of his astronomical expectations. Through the first three months of the season, Manaea appeared on his way to a very justifiable All-Star bid. But, around the All-Star break his velocity began to dip and his ERA began to climb.
Between July 22 and Sept. 12, he went 2-5 with a 6.75 ERA, ballooning his runs allowed per nine almost a full run, from 3.68 to 4.65.
After allowing a single unearned run in 6-2/3 innings to beat the Rangers in his final start of the season on Thursday, Manaea spoke to the media in Texas. He addressed his game, his team and his season, which included the revelation that he had been diagnosed with Attention-Deficit Disorder prior to the season, and thus placed on medication.
Manaea told Martin Gallegos of the Bay Area News Group:
“I got it prescribed in spring training and we were trying to dial in the dosage the entire season. It definitely took a couple of months for me to find that right dosage and the stuff I’m on right now definitely helps. Before, the dosage I was on, I couldn’t eat. I would take like two bites and be full. It was bad. ”