Oriole’s manager Buck Showalter was quoted before last night’s game as saying the organization has had discussions about a six man rotation for the month of September, primarily to protect young arms like Matusz and Arrieta.
Is this a smart move? The team is finally playing good baseball and trying to build momentum into next season, and the young arms can gain valuable experience by pitching in divisional games down the stretch against the lineups they are going to have to compete against in the next few seasons in order to really have a chance at being a good baseball team.
Personally, I would rather see the O’s go to a six man rotation than to just shut the young guys down all together. If I have to wait an extra day to see Matusz pitch, it is a whole lot better than waiting until Spring Training. Whether it be newly acquired Rick Vanderhurk (dazzling in his last Norfolk start), Zach Britton or Chris Tillman (we need to see Britton here before September ends), or a spot start from Rick Dempsey (the look on his face when Buck trots out of the dugout to pull him would be worth the inevitable lopsided defeat), it doesn’t matter as long as the Orioles look forward and gain these young pitchers the experience they need.
Does a six man rotation bother you?