Isn't that what Ed Sullivan used to say, each week? He had the Elvis/Beatles headliners and then Topo Gigio and Jose Jimenez came out, right? Even those guys were dang entertaining. The little mouse was a scrapper and Jimenez had a heck of a slider, didn't he?
We've got a bucketload of Topo Jimenez's from 6-11. Better than that, in fact; I'm convinced that Povse or Moore is about to become a #3-type, some time soon. The weakness in this rotation is actually in the risk of a Felix/Kuma arm explosion. Kuma's 16-12 year saw a career low in K's/9 while H's and BB's were up. Hits were way up, in fact. Hey, his OPS+ was 98. Felix has been a #3 type starter the past two seasons.
This in a world where all the Jones(Houston/Texas etc) have purchased several sexy new hot rods.
DiPoto has done a superlative job in adding quality depth all over the lot, but other than Segura (who might not quite be Jeter with the bat again) we've not added the hot rod.
Bringing an established #3 into the fold would be that kind of addition. I am very confident that Povse/Moore/Whalen/Heston gives us a mix and match 4/5, if needed. I'm very confident in Miranda, hopeful of Karns; Doc and I reverse roles there.
I am not confident that Paxton gives us 200 BMOC innings, but goodness knows he makes me feel all warm inside when he takes the mound. He did throw 170 innings (counting Tacoma) last year and that gives me hope. Is 50 the Over/Under number for Felix/Kuma starts? Or is it 45? 40? Yikes... That's my big worry. If we get 30 vintage-like Felix starts and just 10 from Kuma then 40 is doable. 20 and 20 is what concerns me.
We need an Odorizzi/Quintana. Gohara will likely have to be part of that swapping equation.
A quasi-headliner would be much nicer than Senor Wences to round out this team. For '17 and beyond, mind you.