Some of you have been speculating about the post-season pitching rotation, and I don’t envy the decision-makers when it comes time to make that call. We discussed this issue, at length, in our last podcast. If I were in charge, the Reds would probably be in last place…but this is what I’d do:
That would be my rotation, in that order. I cannot believe that some are suggesting Cueto shouldn’t be in the playoff rotation. He’s been the best pitcher for this team in 2010. The final choice, to me, came down to Bailey and Edinson Volquez. I’m just more comfortable with Homer, but I can see an argument for Volquez in that last spot.
Travis Wood is a no-brainer, as far as I’m concerned. He’s the only lefty, and he’s earned it.
I’m guessing the Reds will go with 11 pitchers, and I think that is wise. None of these picks are exceptionally controversial. I guess you could leave Bray off the roster and take Jordan Smith, but I like having the extra lefty out there.
I agree with Chris’ comment below: “First sign that one of the starters is having an off day (including a Ã¢â‚¬Å“Bad BronsonÃ¢â‚¬Â appearance), I go to Homer or Cueto or Voltron Ã¢â‚¬â€œ whichever didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t make the cut.”
The benefit to having that starter out in the pen (Volquez, in my scenario), is that you have the luxury of pulling the plug very quickly if someone just doesn’t have it that day. Dusty should do just that; Sparky Anderson would.