thezeroes wrote:The two headed question that seems to go unanswered by all of those that want an "ACE" pitcher is what qualifies a pitcher as an "ACE and how many of these are in the Majors at this point in time???
Verlander, King Felix, CC Sabathia, David Price all are deemed "ACES". After that the playing field of "ACES" seems to tail off. Potential "ACES" are all over the map on various teams because of a better than baseline start to their respective seasons. Other aged veterans are losing their elite status because of wear and tear and the age factor.
Shipping out pieces of the forty man and MiLB rosters to get one of theses "ACE" pitchers for a 12 to 15 game of potential starts for a high dollar amount seems to be a total waste.
Well said! What we want is more consistency all around from the current group. Sure a 5 game series is a short series but it's still best of 5.
Moving along deeper into the season I would like to see Hammel smooth things out a bit (not expecting him to revert to last year's form but if he can give consistent innings with an ERA around 4 that's good enough for me), Chen get healthy, Gonzalez round into form now that his blister is gone, Tillman continue to become more consistent as he gets more experience, Arrieta to get it together, Britton to get it together, Gausman to grow and prosper in the ML, S Johnson to pitch to his capabilities, and dare I say Bundy get healthy and advance to the point where he can contribute if need be (if not the rotation, in the bullpen).
If 3-5 of those scenarios take place (all of which are perfectly reasonable) then I'll be feeling good about the rotation.