Re: Ortiz: Make Aceves a starter
posted at 9/20/2011 7:37 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Ortiz: Make Aceves a starter
[QUOTE]I think the point is the starters can't even get to the bridge guy...the pressure on the offense is so great right now. Score 7-8 runs or you lose. Maybe if Aceves starts they are able to actually have 3-4 innings to get it going offensively. It might now work, but right now it can't hurt to try...thats for sure.
Posted by jarretfromportsmouth[/QUOTE]
As a once here and there idea, I think you may be right. It's "now or never time", so drastic measures may be needed. Aceves has pitched in about 50 games this year and has over 100 IP. Most of those games, we were in it and he helped us stay in it.
Since August 30th, Aceves has pitched in 8 games and 17 IP. As a starter in that stretch, he'd maybe have 3 starts for 15-17 IP. You are missing a point about ...
"I think the point is the starters can't even get to the bridge guy.."
Yes, many of our starters have been dreadful of late, but Aceves pitched in 4 run one losses, a one run win, a two-run loss and a 3-run loss in those 10 games. Had we pulled some of those losses out and won, not many would be wanting Aceves to start right now. We lost 5 close games that he kept us in it (actually, in one, he helped us lose).
It's not an easy decision. Aceves only has 9 career starts. I think there's a reason for that. It's a small sample size, but his ERA is 4.18 as a starter and under 2.72 as a reliever. His WHIP: 1.394 to 1.013 (a huge differentail). His opponent's OPS is .722 to .601.
I can see it now, we move Aceves to starter and get 1 start and maybe 2 relief games out of him, and we flounder trying to find a relief pitcher in 4-5 games that are "in it" but have no bridge guy.