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Six man rotation? Give me a break.

Chris Allen

As the season debut for John Smoltz grows closer, so does the clamor for the Sox to suddenly adopt a six man rotation. As the great Philosopher Confucius once said, "Whatever, Bro!"
While it may seem like a swell idea in theory there are several problems that will arise if the Sox add another starter into the mix.
First off, when Smoltz returns he will need to be activated and put on the roster. Who is to be sent down? Daniel Bard or someone else in the bullpen? The problem with this is that you now have one less arm out there to relieve your SIX starters, most of whom are lucky to go six innings. Beckett and Lester are starting to come around and eat some innning and Wakefield is good when he's good. Brad Penny, Matsuzaka and now Smoltz, coming off a major injury, are going to need a strong bullpen to help them finish games. With one less arm in the bullpen, they will be burned out by September. The bullpen is the strength of the team and they will need it to be rested for a playoff run.
Secondly, adding another pitcher to the rotation means less starts for Beckett and Lester. If the Sox are going to make the playoffs it will be on the shoulders of their best pitchers. It's nice to have Smoltz joining the team and it's good that Penny has won some games for us but what can we really expect from them the rest of the way? Would it be a shocker if Smoltz or Penny had setbacks and ended up back on the D.L? For the team to be successful, Beckett and Lester need to be out there pitching, not sitting around while some reclamation project gets five innings in.
So what's going to happen when Smoltz comes back? If there's an injury to one if the other starters than obviously he will take their spot. My Fearless prediction: Penny to the bullpen, Bard to triple A. Once Smoltz can prove he is healthy with a start or two I would expect Penny to be traded for a prospect.


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