Originally Posted by Saul Too
That's a lot easier to do when you've got a legit number one pitching the next day. When your one through three starters pitch a total of 16 innings, you're screwed.
That's why guys like Sanchez and Haren would be so beneficial. They're durable guys who can eat innings. Same with Guthrie, the way he has pitched since joining KC, and the way he pitched in Baltimore.
The terrible twosome of Luke Hochevar and Jon Sanchez bombing out early in so many games tied Yost's hands to a certain degree this season.
It's a lot easier to finagle good starts out of your 4 and 5 guys if you can have a quick hook on them.
With the rights move in the rest of the rotation, Chen could bounce back with a very strong season next year. Which is why I'm OK with keeping him around and projecting him as part of the rotation.
We've talked about him a lot on here... Chen isn't the problem. He'd be fine/good if asked to do what he is capable of, but the team has been trying to get more out of him.