1. It IS as easy as one line.
The threads read better with a 1:2, 1:3 ratio of 1 Wishhiker, Sherminator essays to every 2-3 offhand one-liners. I promise it will read better. As it is, comments threads are like hacking through essay jungles with a machete.
2. Take Silentpadna and RockiesJeff as icons here. You enjoy their short Hellos, doncha?
3. Have heard this for 20 years. By 20 we mean, "twenty years." The regulars leave nothing for the occasionals to say! But! YOU like it when the occasionals post, right? So post anything. I hate, hate, hate the idea of somebody deciding not to join the convo because they think it's trite. It's NOT trite; it is your scout cross-check from your section of the stadium. It is "flavor text" from a unique person.
By the way, if you're not registered, your comment goes into the spam filter but I'll approve first thing, next time I sit down.
So, bring it! :- )
NATHAN ON THE ROTATION PROSPECTUS
Here's Nathan's thought of the day: Staring Pitching edition
Our rotation consists of an ace (Paxton), a one (Felix), a two (Smyly), a three (Kuma), and an expensive scrub (Gallardo).
One: Would you disagree with that assessment? If so, how? Why?
Two: There are worse rotations in the game today. Heck, there are worse rotations in the AL West. We're not in so bad a position at starting pitching as others.
Three: Should we implement a six-man rotation? Kuma, Felix, and Smyly all have hard data (I presume?) that points to improved performance given an extra day of rest. Would the improved quality of start (presumed) offset the decrease in quantity? Who would be your number 6?
Four: Is this five-man rotation, plus our depth, enough to rely on for a playoff push? I'm leery. There have been a lot of pixels dedicated to talking about our improved pitching depth, and I agree that depth has been improved, but is it enough? I'm squeamish. I'd anticipate a significant deadline deal for a starting pitcher. Who would you NOT be willing to part with to obtain said pitcher for a playoff push? Does 3 months of minor league performance change that opinion? If so, how? What would that look like?
Five: Science has maximized throwing mechanics relative to the rules of major-league baseball such that humans have established an historic level of performance. What is the next step? Fine ligament manipulation? Altering shoulder bone structure? Micro-servo catapults in the wrist-joint? Where might the rules line be drawn with regards to cyborg solutions? How do you legislate replacement ligaments made of woven cabon nano-tubes vs. a Mega Man shoulder cannon? What about anti-aging? If Pharma invents a pill that restores telomeres and forces your body to perpetually generate stem cells, what would you say to Greg Maddux's comeback? Would that scenario be excluded from the performance enhancing doping rules? What would the arguments be on either side? How might that affect the Hall of Fame?
Dr D sez,
ONE: Seriously, I'm afraid to guess at what this rotation might be. It might very easily be four ones. Or three ones and a two (Iwakuma).
1 Paxton for me IS a no questions asked number one starter. Not, might become an ace. He IS an ace; when he goes out there on April 5* it will be exactly the same thing as if we had traded for Jose Quintana or somebody. How long it will take people to ADMIT that the kid is an ace, is THEIR BLINKING PROBLEM.
2-3 Felix IS a two-three with upside and a little nervousness.
3+ Smyly IS an elite three for me, based on past performance, or an Opening Day starter if he's anything APPROACHING the Venezuela game.
2-3 Iwakuma IS a proven TOR starter (2-3 on a playoff team) IF he's healthy and does not hit the age wall.
That's what they ARE for me. What they might become, best case, is a 4-man rotation of All-Stars. Can't say that out loud, though.
FOUR: We're not relying on our rotation. Pleasant thought, no?
FIVE: This reminds me of the question of --- > orthopedic spring-feet amputees running the 400m in 40 seconds. The "last step" physically seems to have been that TJ surgeries are elective, besides the bloodflow-stim and etc that G-Money could elaborate. The "next step" sounds pretty futuristic to me.
If ... no, when ... science allows us to turn 65-year-olds back into 35-year-olds, count me as Full Steam Ahead. This is a great "paradox" for those who weep and wail about steroids.