It’s no secret that the Blue Jays’ pitching has gone into the toilet after a very good start to the season. Team that up with their bats going cold, and they’re in a fight just to make the playoffs.
One big problem is that the starting pitching hasn’t been getting deep into games, which has been exposing the lack of depth in the Jays’ bullpen.
Yesterday a listener emailed me to call me a tool after I suggested that perhaps the Jays should abandon the traditional 5-man starting rotation and move to a 7-man rotation, where no pitcher would throw for more than three innings at a time. Here’s how it would work:
In game one of a series, pitchers 1 and 2 would be scheduled for three innings each, with the bullpen handling the final three innings.
In game 2, pitchers 3 and 4 take the mound. In game 3, it the turn of pitchers 5 and 6. In game 4, it’s pitcher 7, then back to pitcher 1 for innings 4-6, and so on.
A couple of points to make: your best pitchers are now on the mound every four games instead of every five. Also, pitchers statistically have the best opportunity to get batters out on their first time facing them through the lineup, with the odds dropping for the second, and falling even farther for the third time through the order. So why not eliminate the majority of those at-bats by having your pitcher only pitch three innings at a time?
Am I crazy, or would this work?