Re: Why not Buchholz in the first game yesterday?
posted at 6/9/2013 7:40 PM EDT
In response to jasko2248's comment:
In response to craze4sox's comment:
In response to charliedarling's comment:
Has anyone heard or read of a reason for not starting our best pitcher in the first game of yesterday's double header?
Seems that as good as Buchholz has been that it would have made more sense to start him in the first game yesterday hoping to win the first game of the series and put added pressure on the Angels to have to respond last night.
I don't think it would have mattered much who started the DH'r. The one thing I do know is we could really increase our chances if we landed another starter before the deadline. Our best pitcher "Clay" has never gone 200 innings and this season probably won't be much different. Lackey has done better so far but now Jon has tailed off a bit. Doub is what he is right now, a decent fifth starter like Wake used to be if he can continue going deep into games.
Demp in my opinion was a bad signing, he's much like Lackey was his first couple of years. Demp's strength/SO pitches come on breaking balls so he should throw them more often. He doesn't have the velocity anymore to get away with fastballs down the center of the plate. He also doesn't hit spots well enough to keep control or a lead.
No real SP depth here at all in the event of injury!
Even if there was a team looking to dump a top starter in "early June," who are you going to replace in the rotation right now? Dempster & Doubront have been solid 4 & 5 guys and they certainly aren't replacing Buchholz, Lackey & Lester. Aceves, Webster & Morales can all give you a spot start if necessary.
This team is in first place and playing well. I seriously doubt the Front Office is trying to "shake up the roster" right now. Please don't give me the "complacent" theory, because I'd love to see an example of a first place team with no serious issues that traded starting players in early June. These trade "possibilities" are fun to throw around, but in reality, barring injury, this team isn't making any significant trades for at least another month, if at all.
Thats part of the problem with signing Dempster over a stronger #3 guy. I realize Ben did this hoping our young arms are ready after the two year contract but this team is one key pitching injury away from putting all the pressure on our offense. In this case Ben will be forced to trade a ton of good prospects for a guy like Cliff Lee in order to compete, or bring in a patch job like Cook or Bedard which won't help at all. So whatever success our long relief and SP has could dictate the rest of our season. Lackey, Demp and good health will be key because you are right, we have few options.
Fortunately our team is in 1rst place and playing great ball. Salty, Iggy and Nava have made the biggest impact on our W/L record in my opinion. Their contribution has never been consistent in the past. Our team now has depth offensively and the type of team OBP needed to make the PS. Pitching? Not so much and thats what normally stops good hitting and helps win PS games. I predicted a PS berth for this team, not a 500 season like a lot of others so I'm just giving my honest opinion.