I agree, although I probably won't go as far as losing respect. You have to "ride" the hot hand, or in this case the hot arm.
But Hammel isn't hot. His ERA has been consistently over 5.00 in every month since April. Hammel is due for progression, but the Orioles are in no position to see if he will improve. Norris is the more consistent, better arm. It's not a choice. These things usually work themselves out. Somebody could possibly get hurt. At this point, Hammel is our 6th starter, nothing more. If one of Chen/Tillman/Gonzalez/Feldman/Norris goes down, Jason is a pretty good backup option.
Jordan Tuwiner wrote:I see either Hammel or Norris heading to the bullpen. I think I'd rather see Hammel in the bullpen, but Buck likes his veterans so I think it's more likely that Norris will get moved.
If Buck is so intent on putting Hammel in the rotation, I'd put Feldman in the rotation over Norris. He has significant experience as a reliever. But that would be a stupid decision too. Jason Hammel isn't some old, prized veteran who has had a great career. He's had one full year of starts in the majors. He's been demoted to the bullpen as early as 2011. He was a swing man he's first four years in the majors. If Hammel didn't have a spectacular April of 2012, we wouldn't even be having this conversation right now.
Jordan Tuwiner wrote:Hammel is in his 8th big league season; Norris his fifth.
Jason Hammel only made 28 starts his first three years in the majors. He started out as a reliever in his fourth. He was demoted to the bullpen in his sixth. Hammel is only two years older and has only had 36 more starts. Hammel has made 54 relief appearances in his career. Norris has made one.