Originally Posted by duncan_idaho
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.
Agreed. Yost catches so much shit for the way he handles the bullpen, but I don't know what people expect him to do. Our starters give us fewer innings than just about any team in the league, our closer misses the entire season, and our bullpen still leads the league in ERA.
I get that people would like to pull pitchers at the first hint of adversity, but our bullpen can't absorb another 120 innings of work.