Of course, they don’t even know if it will be effective.
“It’s not without precedent. That’s the significant thing,” said John Thorn, the official historian for Major League Baseball. “In baseball, almost everything has precedent. Even when we went from a one-man rotation to a two, or from a two to a three, it was from the worry of overuse and the shrinking number of off-days. That has been a constant since the 1870s.
“The Mets are different in that it’s a ‘prophylactic’ use of the six-man ...
They plan to begin a six-man rotation and carry it through mid-August.
This is not unprecedented, but it usually does not last long. The natural attrition of pitchers has a way of changing plans.
The rotation plan, they hope, will shave three to four starts off each starter’s regular workload. Colon, who is 42, rarely throws off the mound between starts and has told Dan Warthen, the pitching coach, that he likes the idea. Others are skeptical.
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