Re: What to do about Timmy? Buch returns from the DL soon, What do you do with Wakefield?
posted at 6/27/2011 9:26 PM EDT
I am assuming that when Buch comes off the DL that Hottovy will be sent down. 1.750 WHIP, 0.67 SO/BB even on a small sample set isn't too encouraging and having a bad LH just to have a LH is no answer. The Pittsburgh TV crew on Saturday said he was being sent down (which last I saw he hasn't been yet) and they must have been operating on the same logic.
If Hottovy gets sent down, I'd assume Doubront would be called up. LHH's have been 2 for 8 against Hottovy with a BB and a double so far. Not great, but not bad either considering the tiny sample size. He's struggled against RHH's with a WHIP of 2.00, further demonstrating that he should only be used as a lefty specialist, or mop up duty.
As for Miller, put me in the minority but I wasn't THAT taken with the first appearance. While it took until the 6th inning, it was a classic Adrew Miller appearance, back-to-back walks, a HR and a double. He was late into the appearance so Francona was in a position to call a hault to it before he either pitched through it or it got really ugly. But it was what has haunted Miller all along. The start yesterday was very good by any measure.
This season, that simply hasn't been the case for Miller. Granted he had only been facing minor leagues, but prior to that start, he had only allowed 2 HR's on the season. I'd be far more concerned if he had struggled earlier in his outing, but he pitched extremely well until he got tired. In his second outing, he handled his fatigue better and didn't lose his stuff.
Not to feed the de facto DL theme but Wake certainly will be less useful in the bullpen than Andrew Miller. This will IMo have some weight in any decision but it is guess work just like Sutton being the call-up versus Iggy or any other decision the RS have to make. There are arguments for and against all three guys.
I won't go into the arguments for/against everyone, but you were talking about Miller's history of control problems. Do you really think that would play well out of the pen? Wake would only be less effective because Tito doesn't know how to use him (by his own admission). Of course, I'm actually in favor of Lackey being the odd man out and sending him to the pen to work on his mechanics.
Lackey? The amount of slack will depend on how bad Lackey is and how the RS prevail in standings. Winning is a great mouthwash and losing a magnifying glass. But that it is a big contract that the RS have every reason to get moving in the right direction.
I lightly touched on this above, but Lackey needs to work on his mechanics, the best place for that is the minors. Obviously he won't be sent down right away, although if he continues to struggle he may stub his toe and go on a rehab assignment at AAA for a couple weeks thus clearing the pitching log jam and getting him right. I think Tito needs to sit down with Lackey and give him 2 options, stubbing his toe or the pen. If he wants to stay with the MLB club, he can go to the pen and work on his mechanics, otherwise let him get right at AAA.
For the record, I'll be surprised with anything other than Wake being moved back to the pen barring a real injury.