Re: Aceves is upset!
posted at 4/2/2012 1:36 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Aceves is upset!
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Aceves is upset! : I agree Space that Bard and not Felix is the issue for Aceves and in fact should be with fans too if they take issue with Aceves not being in the rotation to start the year. Last year Aceves beat out Tim Wakefield based on performance during ST for a spot on the 25 man roster, but the fact that Alfredo had options made him the logical guy to send down procedurally. This year the RS seem all in to trying to convert Bard to a starter but based on their ST performances, Doubront and Aceves should be the starters. And it doesn't help the matter from Aceves perspective that while his role is very valuable baseball wise (long and short relief plus spot/6th starter)it donesn't convert well into prestige or contract $$$. And I question whether taking a great set-up guy and trying to convert him to a bottom of the rotation guy is such a great tact too.
Posted by fivekatz[/QUOTE]
Totally agree 5K. I had seats behind the plate last weekend for Bard's shaky start vs. Blue Jays. This was the start after he only threw one change-up. And, his change-up looked, being very nice, shaky. He just doesn't have command over it yet. Not that he can't develop that. But, for my money, I would rather he not be 'developing' it in the regular season.
That alone should be enough to warrant a return to his formerly awesome role as set-up guy extraordinnaire. Then throw in the uncertainty over how many innings he can throw over the course of the season ...
I don't know. I know Aceves is valuable in the pen. But so is Bard. If Bard had come in and really shown change-up command and pitched well this spring, sure, pencil him in. I am a gambling man and I like a big bet. But, I also know when to fold 'em. May he prove me wrong.
In any case, whether it be Bard or the inevitable injury, I have the feeling ST wasn't Aceves' only chance to earn a rotation spot this year.