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By Jonathan Usher – @madduxman
Should our new leader, Alex Cora, implement a 6-man rotation? In my opinion, with this particular staff, I think it’s a great idea. Our new skipper should try it for a month or two, at least. In my recent articles for AVIDBOSTON.COM, I have been VERY critical of this rotation, especially last fall after their collapse in the ALDS.
Chris Sale, David Price, Drew Pomeranz, Eduardo Rodriguez, Brian Johnson. These 5 guys have more in common than the fact that they are all current left-handed starters for the Boston Red Sox. Individually & collectively, they are all battling/have battled their own demons like the rest of us. Price with his “unique” elbow; E-Rod and his freak knee issues; BJ with his depression/anxiety; Pomeranz with a multitude of minor injuries; and Chris Sale with his history of fading in the second half EVERY SINGLE SEASON.
Now that the bizarre early April schedule is nearly done (3 scheduled off-days out of 6 days), it may be time to at least contemplate what some people may consider extreme, or as purists (like me) may label as a ludacris philosophy.
Sale – restrict innings and preserve him for the second half & postseason.
Price – limit innings on that already overused elbow and to try to maximize the final five years of his contract (if he doesn’t opt out after this season).
Rodriguez – slowly integrate him back into the rotation and hope he can become that solid #3 we all hope he can.
Pomeranz – get healthy and pitch effectively, and possible trade bait at the deadline.
B. Johnson – solidify his confidence and establish himself as a solid #4 or 5 for SOMEONE.
Throw in former Cy Young winner Rick Porcello, the knuckleballer Steven Wright, and even Hector Velazquez and you have a deep and effective 8-man rotation – WHEN HEALTHY.
Everyone knows that you can NEVER have too much pitching. Injuries happen, guys struggle, and yes – sometimes, young guys fade.
Other than the obvious fact that our best pitchers would get fewer starts over the course of the season, there are very few.
Regardless, at this point in the season, it is a wonderful problem to have. Let’s see where we stand when the heat of the summer, and the pennant race inevitably weighs on these Sox. I’m glad that I am on record a few weeks ago “buying in” to these guys based on their history, recent performances and the potential of our new leader, Alex Cora.
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