Monday, September 26, 2005

Four-Man Rotation?

Chris Needham wisely asks why the Nationals continue to go with a four-man rotation when they're no longer in the playoff hunt.

It's a good question and one that Frank Robinson should consider. Today's Post makes it clear that Robinson isn't going to let the pitchers off easy:

Robinson said yesterday that he won't leave it up to his starters, including Esteban Loaiza, whether they will make one or two more starts the rest of the way.

Loaiza, scheduled to pitch Tuesday, had said he would start just once more this season. But if the rotation remains the same, Loaiza would be scheduled to pitch the final game of the season, Sunday, against Philadelphia.

Perhaps Frank should take it easy on the pitchers for once.


section 320 said...

I couldn't agree more. I think Tony Tavarez, Jim Bowden and Frank have desperately tried to audition for their jobs with new owners by potentially ruining arms and careers.

Tony wouldn't allow the larger number of call ups in September ("See? I can be fiscally responsible"), Bowden jettisoned serviceable pitchers(Kim, Ohka) ("See? I'm being supportive of my manager") and Frank won't call off the dogs("See? I won't quit until we're mathmatically eliminated from the...oh...").

C'mon, Frank...let it go.

Leiv & Erik said...

If given the authority, we'd fire all three and start anew.

By the way, we're in Section 318.