Originally Posted by kfm
4. Totally disagree. The slotting of the pitchers is not about setting up matchups for a single series. It is about putting guys in place that makes the most sense for your team for an entire season. They are trying to separate the veteran innings eater guys and separate the young guys who are most similar to help with the bullpen. This makes perfect sense to me. I think Dusty has done so many questionable things that he is criticized for perfectly rational decisions.
You totally disagree that Arroyo's ERA in the day time is worse than at night?!
I understand that seperating inning eaters like Harang and Arroyo makes sense, but now you put a pitcher who stated (correct me if I'm wrong mentioned this Monday) he doesn't like pitching in day games and would have rather pitch at night. Now if he goes out and shuts them down Thursday afternoon I'm all for eating some crow. However he gets shelled, in the back of our mind we will think....maybe Arroyo was right about not wanting too pitch day games and Dusty made a mistake.
I don't disagree that his era is worse during the day, it obviously is and that is a fact. I disagree with deciding to slot him in the two hole soley so his first start of his 34 starts the first week of the year is not a day game. You seem to agree with separting the young guys,separating the innings eaters and then separating guys with the most similar pitching styles. I just disagree with deciding to go against every reason to pitch him 3rd on the single basis that one of his 34 starts will be a day game. Having said all of this,if the Reds were in the playoffs I would definitely pitch Arroyo at night because now you are talking about what's best for five or seven games not 162. I hope that is clear. Over the course of an entire season every one of their starters is going to have to start a few day games. That is just the nature of the schedule.