osforlife wrote:I liked A_K's idea. Whoever the starter is, unless they are pitching a hell of a game and pitching dominantly, I'd pull them as early as the third inning and let the bullpen take care of the rest. I did have a thought of Bundy too, like Matt Moore part 2.
LA Detective wrote:next year I would bring him along slowly again so that he can fresh and pitch game 1,2 or 3 of the playoffs
OriolesRedskins28 wrote:Matt, if it weren't for the fact that Bundy hasn't started in so long I would be 100% behind you on that one. Heck if the Orioles determine that it isn't an issue and they limit his pitches then go for it, as others have stated there is almost no scouting report on him and he has the stuff and makeup to pitch in a game like that.
I also agree that the game should have no pitcher go longer than 3 innings. I would start Johnson and bring Saunders in the second time through the order where a group of lefties come up (if the Rangers set their lineup like that), his LH/RH splits are unreal. To me the most important thing is to keep the lesser (but still talented) hitters off base when the studs come up, that puts added pressure on them and would minimize any damage they are capable of doing (in Josh Hamilton's 4 HR game, Elvis Andrus got on base right before him ALL 4 times).
Buck's brilliant with this stuff. I can't think of anyone who I would trust more to set up Friday's pitching situation than him.
BTW I agree 100% with LA Detective
The Nationals should have done this with Strasburg this year.
I'm probably crazy but I'd pitch Bundy on Thursday or Friday
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