LA Detective wrote:He just looks like a completly different pitcher in the Pen right now..His demeanor as much as his pitches...Its not like Hunter or JJ who gain speed on the FB to make them better in the pen..The elements that are making Matusz successful right now can be carried as a starter...I really beleive he could be a sub .3.75/ 15 game winner next year from what he is showing...remember he has had some success as a SP that warranted those predictions at one time...and your right Jordan, if he fails he can go back to being a shut down lefty for about 80 innings out of the pen next year.
I'd like to see Matusz, Arrieta, Britton, and Bundy ALL start next year in AAA to put the finish on their skills. Remember, all of these guys BUT Bundy came through a dysfunctional developmental system; and Bundy only had ONE year of proper instruction. We wouldn't have to use any of those guys in the bullpen in April. At this point we could have STEVE Johnson
and Wada as long men and JIM Johnson, Strop, Hunter, O'Day, and Patton. THtey constitute heat, deception, and ground balls. Stu Pomerantz would be at AAA along with some other veteran minor leaguers that might do well in a relief role.
If we were to begin next year with a rotation of Chen, Hammel, Tillman, Gonzalez, and a veteran SP (Peavy on a short contract?) we would have better SP depth at AAA than any other team in baseball; and you can NEVER have too much starting pitching.