Re: What 3 pitchers Will Fill the Last 3 Slots on the Sox Opening Day Pitching Staff?
posted at 2/14/2012 8:15 PM EST
I like the "tweener" rotation. I really believe that if Bard can make the transition to SP, that is where he can provide this team the most value, and with Bailey, Melancon and Aceves the Red Sox still have a formidable back end of the bullpen.
"My hope" rotation was based on Cook or someone else shining in ST enough to force Bard and Aceves to the pen. I put the * next to Cook's name, but forgot to add the conditions. I agree that if Bard works as a starter, his value would be much better than as a set-up man, but he really has a strong history of being an excellent reliever, and our pen would be awesome like this:
Bailey, Bard, Melancon, Aceves, Morales, Albers & one of: Tazawa, Bowden or Doubront/Miller.
If the Red Sox decide Aceves is a better fit than Bard in the rotation, neither area suffers with Bard/Aceves swapping spots.
I think using Bard for about half a year as a starter and Aceves the other half might work out best for both of them. I seriously doubt either will excel with 30 starts and 180 IP.
Now, if somehow the Red Sox can fill the 4 and 5 spots in the rotation with combination of Cook, Padilla, Miller, Mortenson, Doubrant, being able to have a bullpen with Bailey, Melancon, Aceves and Bard would be, at least in theory, a serious strength.
Exactly, but it's a big if, I know.