I know we just ended a 6 game losing streak and the sky was falling.However, we are still 94.4 percent chance of making playoffs based on current standings and matchups.Yes, that is not division winning like our goal should be, but that does not change the playoffs for first round will be same a 3 game match.This may be in a bubble.
That being said, I am thinking who should be our top 3 pitchers in postseason, then who should be number 4.Of course this may be altered over the coming weeks depending on injury, and performance.To this point, Menada should be 1 in my opinion.He has been best starter all year.Number 2 is much harder to decide.Dobnak has been up there, but he lacks K level stuff to work out of jams, and if he is missing or defense falters he will give up runs quickly.As much as I like him and his story, he is not my number 2.
That brings me to Berrios, Hill, Penida, Odo.All have merits for 2 and 3.Berrios when on can shut down any offense and has high k rates.However, he has not been consistent this year and who knows what you will get.If game 2 is the possible final game do you give him the ball with that pressure?I do not know, maybe he will put up strong starts down the line and make this moot.
Hill, has had much success in the post-season in past, but he has been struggling this year overall with his command walking a ton.When he is on hitters do almost nothing against him and he is battle tested, but you never know what you will get with him.I am leaning toward more of second round starter, provided we get there.
Penida, when on is possibly our best pitcher, but he has only 1 start now in over a year, looked good against a good lineup.We were all planning on him being game 1 starter last year until he got the suspension.As long as he keeps putting up decent starts I would lean toward him for game 2.
Finally, Odo was a great pitcher for half a year and has shown he can be a top end guy.However, he throw a lot of pitches, never feels dominate out there and almost like he gets by on smoke and mirrors.You cannot argue with his numbers, but he is a fly ball pitcher and depending on where they are playing and who that would affect my thoughts for sure.
Of course this is early and injuries may happen, where we are playing may affect things as well.Experience is important because playoffs are a whole different game.In the three game set game 1 will be so important to win because it will affect how game 2 is played so much.You will have room for error in that game if you are up 1.
Let me know who you think should be top 2 and 3 pitchers.