One man’s opinion. 33 comments


Well, that didn’t take long. No sooner than Jeff Banister announced his plans for a six-man rotation, Cole Hamels voiced his opinion on it.

No.

He told ESPN, “It’s not part of baseball. You might as well be in college.”

He doesn’t like the six-man rotation a few reasons. The left hander has  been pitching in the major leagues for thirteen seasons and it’s not what he is designed and conditioned for.

He sees his goal as 33 starts, 200 innings, and having to stare those starts and those inning with another pitcher is not something he wants to accept. Never mind the head-scratching reality that those starts and innings would be taken by a far inferior pitchers.

If you think about it, a six-man rotation also threatens to drive starters’ salaries down as well. They aren’t going to achieve the goals that lead to the contracts, they aren’t going to be as vital, they aren’t going to be as special.

Pitching will become so specialized, the line between starter and reliever will be totally obscured.

Let’s hope clearer heads prevail here, and the Rangers staff and front office listen to voices of reason.

Especially when that voice is the only legitimate arm they have in their rotation.

  • azrangerfan

    If it’s so important to keep Hamels on a 5 man rotation schedule then keep him on the schedule and just push the others back a day everytime thru the order. Not the way I would do it simply because those extra starts aren’t going to matter in the standings this year. A 6 man rotation this season is fine as far as I’m concerned. Get to look at more pitchers and more pitchers get regular starts. I think we all know this experiment probably won’t last a full month anyway.

  • FlappingGums

    What time do the Rangers play today? And is it on tv?

    • TD30

      2:05 and only on the radio

      • FlappingGums

        Okay. Thank you, TD!

  • elkaba

    LOL Kevin, I suspect the logical, thoughtful second guessing of JD’s/Banister’s plans may apply to this whole season…
    Hasn’t even started and it’s already FUBAR 🙂

    • JacobMcCandles

      Feldergarb

  • WhoKnowscs

    Hitting plenty of home runs(or always feeling like a threat to homer) as a team doesn’t always mean success but I can only think of a few cases(or really just one – the Royals from a few years back) of a team not homering a lot and still doing well. Even the Royals started homering a lot when they got to the postseason though.

    That aside here’s some depressing stats. The Rangers as a team have only hit 4 home runs in 9 games(thankfully they are Spring Training games.) They gave up 4 home runs in just yesterday’s game.

    Only the Nationals with 3 homers in 9 games have fewer.

  • TD30
    • WhoKnowscs

      A lineup where all starters could easily end up on the roster.

  • WhoKnowscs

    The 6-man rotation, with or without Cole Hamels’ input, will fail not because of any merits for or against the actual concept. It is guaranteed to fail though because of . . . JD/Banny. I’m on the fence on whether Banny is capable of making an independent decision without JD’s approval.

    The 6-man rotation will mean that starters will need to go much later into games. That means planning for 8-9 innings, which will constitute throwing 120+ pitches with regularity. What are the odds of that ever happening with the pitch counters in charge?

    • JacobMcCandles

      Actually IMO the exact opposite will happen…we do not have quality starters, so the BP will be massively overworked.

      • WhoKnowscs

        My point wasn’t that they’d end up throwing long, it was that, regardless of how good or bad our starters do or how far they need to pitch, Banny the Nanny will continue to count to 90-100(or whatever JD tells him to count to since Banny doesn’t show the ability to make those decisions) and yank the starter. Then he’ll say the “bullpen” will just need to pitch longer than 1 inning. All this while he will use the same 3-4 relievers while he refuses to use the other half of the pen because the Rangers aren’t losing and those 3-4 don’t belong on the roster.

  • FlappingGums

    The Rangers will be featured on 30 Clubs in 30 days this evening. I believe it’ll come on at 6:00.

  • GoRangers23

    I posted this yesterday from Jared Sandler. Doesn’t it mean that Cole will stay on a five man rotation somehow? Is that even possible, or am I misreading it?

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4e097661fb43f449040d5266bacb17d3ae6ac901c0b5c892d0fe296d4d98ade9.jpg

    • FlappingGums

      That’s how I read it to. Seems like that would be a bit of confusion for the rotation..

    • JacobMcCandles

      Thanks Jared already said this….LO

  • JacobMcCandles

    Looks like DD,Maz and RC are continuing success……Stros took Hauschild from us…he threw 2 innings 1 hit 3 SOs……its all still very early.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Hauschild as a Ranger in 2017. 4 Games, 8.0 innings, 14 hits, 10 runs. 2 BBs, 7 SOs, 1 Hit batter, 5 Home Runs. 11.25 ERA.

      Maybe one day he’ll improve.

      • WhoKnowscs

        and that was during the season, not spring training.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Stros have had some enormous talent in turning pitchers around recently

          • WhoKnowscs

            Maybe, If they do, they do. One thing I can say it he probably never stood a chance with the Rangers.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Rua has 7 RBIs for ST…..FIster 2 hits no runs 3 IPs

  • GoRangers23

    Flap, it looks like the guys are doing really well this game. Robinson and Ryan Rua both homered. The score is 7-2 Texas, in the top of the fourth.

    • GoRangers23

      Woops. I’m not sure what happened, but it is now 5-7.

      • FlappingGums

        Oops!

        • GoRangers23

          Well, someone hit a three run homer. Sadly, the score is now 9-7 Mariners.

          • FlappingGums

            :-(. Bummer.

    • FlappingGums

      Terrific!! Thanks for the update! 😀

    • WhoKnowscs

      Texas pitching(or lack there of) showed up and it’s 10–7 now.

      • FlappingGums

        Thanks for the info. 🙁

  • JacobMcCandles

    Can we make Calhoun a hitting coach as well. 1 SO so far. Perhaps JD hit on this one

  • JacobMcCandles

    Hollywood flubs again. Shape of water Best pic….good grief. At least Frances won

  • possumrld

    Go get ’em, Cole!