Re: The Truth About # 5-6 Starters in the AL
posted at 7/25/2011 1:44 AM EDT
In Response to Re: The Truth About # 5-6 Starters in the AL
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: The Truth About # 5-6 Starters in the AL : Yes , I understand all that, but you can determine your playoff pitchers if and when you get there. What is the significance during the season? If one of your five starters goes down , you can pick a replacement from your relievers or someone from the minors. Having someone designated as your " sixth starter " really means nothing. For a team with championship aspirations , a pitcher with an ERA over five should not be starting on a consistent basis , if someone else can do better. That is all I am saying.
Posted by dgalehouse[/QUOTE]Well that is a fair take. When one of the 5 starters goes down, the reliever you pick was designated as the 6, if you have one to do it with. There were lots of years the RS did not.
In a perfect world a team with championship aspirations wouldn't have an ERA over 5 starting on a consistent basis, but most do end up with as many as 20 starts manned by guys with ERA over 5. 2009 NYY, 2008 PHI, 2007 RS all did.
Right now the RS are in a bind. 4 of the 5 starters have been on the DL, one is there for the rest of the year and one we do not know when he will be back.
In a perfect world there would be an endless supply of starters with ERAs under 5 but the 2011 RS aren't living in that world.
As far as Wakefield goes, if and when Buch gets back it is probably still very much a horse race whether he or Miller would be that 5th starter.
And there is one last thing about those numbers, teams do try and line-up their best against the opponents best as the games mean more, going as far as to reshuffle the rotation if it is out of order to get those match-ups (Beckett v. CC etc).