Originally Posted by BigRedChief
Okay maybe Westbrook was a just rusty. Maybe Lyons had a bad day? Maybe the "book" on him is becoming more solidified?
Those were two pretty bad starts. If that happens again with Lyons, give Martinez a chance.
I don't think Lyons is a great option, but I am all for keeping Martinez and Wacha down for awhile throwing 4 and 5 inning starts where it doesn't matter and then calling them up when you really need them down the stretch. You think the Nats would have liked to have had a fresh Strasburg last year at the end instead of worrying about abusing a young arm?
Neither Martinez or Wacha have ever piled up significant innings in a year that would compare to starting every 5th day here. If Waino, Miller, Lynn and Westbrook just pitch to their averages we will be fine with a so-so 5th starter in the short term. If that doesn't happen we can always bring one of them up. We don't need to panic yet. We have all seen the importance to hitting your stride with fresh arms can do at the end of the year (Worrell, Wainright, Rosenthal, etc.).