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Braves next to try six-man rotation?

Posted on: August 15, 2011 9:17 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

Earlier this season, the White Sox went to a six-man rotation of starting pitchers. Since then, several other teams have discussed doing so and at least one -- the Giants -- had to deal with questions regarding a six-man rotation. Add the Braves to the list of ballclubs that have discussed the idea, and it sounds like they might actually do it.

“We’ve kicked that around,” said Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez (ajc.com). “We haven’t put pencil to paper on it, but at this point of the year, everybody may need an extra day.”

The Braves currently have All-Star Jair Jurrjens and noted All-Star snub Tommy Hanson on the disabled list. Jurrjens is near ready to return while Hanson is likely to be back within a week. With aging Derek Lowe and Tim Hudson, in addition to youngsters Brandon Beachy and Mike Minor and trying to keep Jurrjens and Hanson healthy, it makes a good deal of sense to try and save the collective arms of the staff down the stretch. Especially when you consider the Braves are very likely to make the playoffs and that each of the six pitchers can hold his own in any given start.

In this case, using a six-man rotation wouldn't be a team forcing an extra pitcher in there -- as it would have been with the Royals, who toyed with the idea. Instead, the Braves would be taking advantage of a strength and possibly giving themselves a better shot at going deeper in the postseason.

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Since: Aug 16, 2011
Posted on: August 16, 2011 9:19 am
 

Braves next to try six-man rotation?

Sport is everything for me. Very interesting article . thanks



Since: Aug 16, 2011
Posted on: August 16, 2011 3:05 am
 

Braves next to try six-man rotation?

I WOULD ASSUME THAT THIS IS NOT CONSIDERED TO BE A TRULY GOOD TECHNIQUE, OR EVERYONE WOULD HAVE BEEN DOING THIS FOR YEARS. I REMEMBER SOMETHING FROM MY YOUTH ABOUT PITCHER'S GETTING RUSTY AND ERRATIC WITH THEIR CONTROL WITH MORE THAN FIVE DAY'S OFF. I COULD BE WRONG. IT MAKES SENSE PHYSICALLY. BUT, WHAT HAPPENS WHEN MEDLEN COMES BACK FROM THE YEAR-LONG D.L. ? WITH THE SEPTEMBER CALL-UPS FROM AAA AND THEIR STOCKPILE OF ARMS, THAT WOULD MORE THAN HELP THE BULLPEN OR STARTERS, WOULD THEY DARE TO HAVE THE AUDACITY TO TRY A SEVEN OR EVEN GOD FORBID, AN EIGHT MAN ROTATION?!!!?? THEY HAVE THE SUPPOSED NEXT PEDRO MARTINEZ AND OTHER " SUPER DUDES " IN  AAA. THE PHILLIES ARE THE ONLY OTHER TEAM THAT COULD POSSIBLY DO THIS. I SAY IF THERE IS NO BAD PITCHING EFFECTS FROM A WEEK OFF FROM STARTING, ROLL OUT THE DREAM TEAM ROSTERS AND EXPLOIT YOUR COMPETITION. THERE IS NO GUARANTEE OF NOT HAVING A BAD GAME FROM YOUR PITCHER. HOWEVER, IT WOULD KEEP THE PITCHER'S FROM WEARING DOWN IN THIS HEAT AND ELIMINATE SOME OF THE PROBABLE D.L. TIME THAT ALL PITCHER'S SPEND DUE TO MUSCLE FATIGUE. ANYWAYS, JUST PUTTING THE IDEA OUT THERE FOR PEOPLE TO BOUNCE AROUND. REGARDLESS OF WHAT TEAM THEY SUPPORT. I THINK ALL TEAMS WISH THEY HAD TO MANY QUALITY PITCHER'S FOR THEIR STARTING SPOTS. I HAVE NOT HEARD COMPLAINTS FROM ANY PHILLIES FAN ABOUT HAVING TO WATCH CALL-UPS SHUTTING DOWN OPPOSING TEAMS. YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO WIN, RIGHT? SO, INSTEAD OF A INJURY REPLACEMENT, JUST ADD THE GUY TO YOUR ROTATION AND JUDGE THE RESULTS. IF YOU GO 5-3, OR 6-2, OR 7-1, OR EVEN 8-0 IN  YOUR SCHEDULE, THAT RESULTS IN A WINNING RECORD WITH A WELL RESTED STARTING STAFF!!!  WOULD ANY PHILLIES FAN THAT IS JUST SICK AND TIRED OF WINNING GAME AFTER GAME, PLEASE GIVE OUT A SHOUT?? LEAVE YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS  SO THAT WE CAN HOOK YOU UP WITH A GOOD DOCTOR!! OR BETTER YET, A TEAM OF MEDICAL ALL-STAR DOCTORS!! SIX, SEVEN, OR EIGHT OUGHT TO DO.



Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: August 15, 2011 10:42 pm
 

Braves next to try six-man rotation?

Maybe with more rest the starters can go deeper and that helps. Just a thought. Thanks for reading.

- Matt



Since: Feb 12, 2009
Posted on: August 15, 2011 9:52 pm
 

Braves next to try six-man rotation?

I would be concerned more with over working the relievers or closers.

Innings the top 3 relievers have pitched:

Venters    &nbs
p;    68 innings

Flaherty    &nb
sp;    54 innings

Kimbrel    &nbs
p;   58  innings










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