At the risk of over-reacting after one bad start when we scored no runs (even Webster's line would have been good for an L last night) I am very concerned about Doubront's drop in velocity. Not just yesterday - his last 3 starts ... http://www.fangraphs.com/pitchfxo.aspx?playerid=1478&position=P&pitch=FA
Is it related to his conditioning (or lack thereof) or is there something wrong with him? It's too big a drop to be a slump or a coincidence.
Again, you don't want to over-react, but it's not like he was Pedro Martinez last year - if he's dropped off from a year ago, we have not just Webster, but several potentially better options - Aceves, Morales will be back from the DL shortly, with Breslow coming back shortly, we could move Tazawa into the rotation. We also have a couple of guys in Workman and Ranaudo who could make the case that they need to move up to the next level, so maybe now is a good time to set several wheels in motion.
Doubront just doesn't feel like a guy who is going to be either instrumental to this year's success, or a part of the long-term plans. It seems like there are just too many better options on their way up. But he's young enough and has enough team control to be attractive to other teams - maybe we could package Doubront & Aceves and get a legitimate prospect in return. Teheran from the Braves or Puig from the Dodgers who have to win, and have short-term rotation issues.