Jordan Tuwiner wrote:All of their starters pitched much better on six days rest, as Matt P noted.
A lot of their relievers can go multiple innings.
Would it work out? Probably. Would Buck do it? I do not think so.
I see that as a really bad idea. IMO we should be encouraging them to improve their stamina and moving to a six man rotation would actually degrade it. A SP should focus on exercising their legs and arms as much as possible. I'd rather see them go to a FOUR man rotation than a six.
Matt P wrote:Any logic behind the four man rotation idea?
Yes, it actually allows a SP to get into a better routine. Pitch, rest, throw on the side, rest, pitch. It worked very well for the league and this team for a LONG time. Earl Weaver used a nine man pitching staff. Since the pitcher hit in the nine hole he was able to carry eight players in his starting lineup and eight more on the bench. It was like having an entire second team.
Teams need to enforce better conditioning and more throwing for their SPs. You build a muscle by using it until it tires (and quitting at that point) NOT allowing it to atrophy.
Don't be surprised to see Texas go with a four man rotation in the next few seasons. Nolan Ryan is preparing their SPs in their system for it.
Old Sneakers wrote:Honestly with all do respect to everyone here I strongly feel that the 5 man rotation is the way to go.
There are times when you can start a first rate long reliever for a turn or two through the rotation and go 6 man. However, I've not seen anyone trying to do this for any significant amount of time and have it work. Even then it's usually only best to do it when your starters are eating more innings than expected. Something this team hasn't had to deal with in a very long time.
Four man rotation, is IMO even worse. This club for years has struggled to develop pitching and it takes forever for it to succeed. Pitcher's shoulders, elbows and wrist are like tread on a tire. They only have so much.
Honestly with any rotation there is strength in numbers and though the farm system is in fair shape it's hardly overflowing with talent. Particularly with starting pitching. Picking up solid relievers is a far easier task.
I'll ask you to consider this: How many quality fifth starters are there in baseball? How many quality sixth starters do you think there will be? I see it as easier to find FOUR quality SPs than FIVE or SIX.
Matt P wrote:
I just don't think it's realistic in todays MLB with everyone obsessed with pitch counts and inning limits. I don't think they would go with a 6 man either but it would be something they may consider.
If we're going to obsessed with anything it should be off season training regimens, not pitch counts.
Matt P wrote:
One would think that yet the majority of major league clubs all are obsessed with pitch counts.
osforlife wrote:I really don't think our pitchers could do a 4 man rotation. Especially Chen, Gonzalez, and Bundy. Chen has been working in a 6 man rotation all his life. Transiitoning to a 5 man is hard enough. Gonzalez has had endurance issues in the past and Bundy worked in a 6 man rotation this year. Tillman is very fragile too. I really don't see a 6 man either although our pitchers probably would put up better numbers and is much more ideal than a 4. Eventually, baseball is probably gonna get to that point though.
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