I was going to write Part 4 of "Climbing Out of the Canyon" tonight, but then I found an article (with a little help from a Keith Law ESPN Insider chat transcript) that I had to relate to the Pirates. Had to.
Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch wrote "Modest Proposal: A Four-Man Rotation."
First, his intro:
Barring injury, the Cardinals will open the 2007 season with a starting rotation that contributed 20 wins--20 wins total--to the teams 2006 championship season. Thats one fewer than Chris Carpenter brought back to the opening day rotation a year ago.Theres no bigger question facing the defending champs than how they outfit their starting rotation for the coming season.
And there may be no team better suited to try something retro:
A four-man rotation.
(Insert spit take here.)
Then, some reader support (from Jack of Richmond, Indiana):
"The main argument stands that with ~100 pitch counts, there was no correlation to increased risk of injury. Effectiveness over those 10...