A_K wrote:Arrieta was fantastic out of the pen. I'd much rather have him on the postseason roster than Ayala. Going into next year, if Arrieta doesn't find his way into the opening day rotation, I'd once again much rather have him as one of our seven relievers than Ayala. He's got great stuff and his peripherals all season supported the conclusion that his results were unsustainably poor given the way he was pitching (this conclusion was often simplified as "he's getting unlucky." That's not exactly what was happening, but it's an understandable shorthand for what was really going on).
I don't see a place for Ayala in the bullpen next season, but I also don't see a place for Arrieta coming out of ST either.
Right now, based on their performance this year, my bullpen would be STEVE Johnson and Wada (history in Japan) as long men and JIM Johnson, Strop, Hunter, O'Day, and Patton. They constitute heat, deception, and ground balls. Stu Pomerantz would be my choice to cover for Wada if he isn't ready, otherwise he would wait at AAA along with some other veteran minor leaguers that might do well in a relief role.
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.