Woo-hoo! Can’t wait for the “Is Edgmer Escalona the Last of the 200 Game Winners?” type articles to follow!
Granted, only the White Sox have really committed to this thing. But if there were Twitter just for baseball strategy, six man rotation would definitely be trending.
A couple of reasons, I think.
The obvious reason is that teams are more concerned than ever about wear-and-tear on their starting pitchers. They’re always on the lookout for a chance to give a pitcher—particularly a pitcher who’s maybe a little gimpy—an extra day off, here or there. And if you happen to have six at-least-competent starting pitchers ... well, why not?
The not-so-obvious reason is that baseball players are more sensitive, their agents and their union more powerful, than ever before. If you read between the lines a little, you might get the impression (as I have) that some this stuff about six-man rotations is about not wanting to offend the sixth-best starter at hand (coughKYLEDAVIEScough).
Five years ago, some of us were still arguing for a return of the four-man rotation.
Five years from now, some of us might be fighting a rear-guard action in defense of the five-man rotation.
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