Article: Top '13 Stories: #5 - A Dismal Starting Rotation
Posted 29 December 2013 - 10:56 PM
Posted 30 December 2013 - 06:02 AM
Posted 30 December 2013 - 07:57 AM
Posted 30 December 2013 - 10:56 AM
Posted 30 December 2013 - 10:58 AM
Nolasco and Hughes stand to be serviceable or better, they buy breathing room for guys who need to spell in the minors (looking at you, Gilmartin). If they over-perform, then great.
If we go on to add another starter (Tanaka? unlikely. Arroyo? Possible. Johan? MiLB deal = lo/no risk) then we have a total makeover and gain flexibility in trades going forward.
Posted 30 December 2013 - 11:59 AM
Strikeout rates are nice, but command with stuff is what is needed.
This is the key... whether someone throws 88 or 98... Cliff Lee and Roy Halladay didn't throw 94+. It's not just about velocity.
Posted 01 January 2014 - 11:29 AM
... especially given an era where teams are succeeding in large due to an increased focus on strikeouts.
The "increased focus" on strikeouts is purely a fan focus. Teams covet the best pitchers. The best pitchers generally strike more people out than the lesser pitchers. Teams with the best pitchers succeed at a higher rate. To say teams succeed because they focus on strikeouts is analogous to saying wet streets cause rain.
Posted 02 January 2014 - 11:10 AM
And when almost all of the fill-ins for them are absolutely dreadful - then things get even uglier. Just look at those guys. Deduno was good for a half year. Albers was competent for 1/4 of the year. The rest were brain-freezing bad.
After writing this, I had one thought - it seems silly to say this, because it's what was said before last year, but here it is - it really can't get much worse. But it's true. It really can't.