Great game, but Perez is starting to become a problem. He doesn't give us enough innings, even for a 5th starter. The rotation has been pretty solid, BUT..
(1) We have two guys who go 5 innings at best and rarely more in Pineda and Perez,
(2) Two guys who rarely go beyond 6 innings in Odorizzi and Gibson, and
(3) Only ONE starter who you feel like is likely to/might go 7 innings or more in Berrios.
My thinking is that while yes, we need another BP arm or two, another starter who can at least consistently go 6 plus innings might help the BP almost as much by limiting their innings. Is that Smeltzer? Who knows? Another 5 innings or less start or two by Pineda or Perez and I would seriously think about giving Smeltzer a 2-3 game run to see if he's as good as he looked last time. And, I'd do it before the trade deadline because it might impact some thinking.
Already been pointed out our ranking of IP by the rotation. But I'd just like to address Perez directly.
I am still in mild shock for what he has done thus far. As a result, I am now of the mind that he is going through a mini slump. It happens. Last night he still struck out 7. Tells me the stuff is still there. A 3 run bomb to one of the better hitters in the league is unfortunate, but is not unexpected. It happens.
IMO, I never felt Perez was one of our top 3 SP, even with his great start to the season. I remain of the opinion, despite a weird start to his year, that Perez was behind Gibson. I think that will turn out to be true when all is said and done.
In other words, barring injury or collapse by Perez, I think the rotation is solid as is.