No one could have predicted the success that Arroyo has had thusfar. In Boston he was an average pitcher at the bottom of their rotation, with no pressure on him to be a stopper. It is obvious to me that he HAS the makeup to be a top of the rotation leader. It would however be nice for us for him to be our #2. I have never been in the group of people who think you have to have a dominant #1 to be successful. I would rather have
4 #2's. It seems like to me this is not all that uncommon. Without researching, wasn't Jason Schmidt merely ok before he went to San Fran?
He had the pressure of being a dominant starter on his plate and his mental makeup allowed that to take place, and of course his stuff.
So I was wondering if this doesn't also happen in reverse. For instance, just from memory I think Steve Avery won 17 games his last year in Atlanta pitching from the four hole behind Smoltz, Glavine, Maddux, with no pressure on him at all to be a stopper. He then signs a multi year deal with Boston to be their #1 or #2 pitcher and he basically falls on his face before he got hurt.
I now turn my attention to Oliver Perez whom has been thrust into the role of staff Ace only to fall on his face for the lowly Pirates. I've read about possible roids and HGH being his problem but I don't know that I beleive that.
I feel that he doesn't have the mental makeup to be a #1 pitcher on paper. But, I would like to see what he could do pitching behind Arroyo and Harang in the 3 hole, on a team that is in contention. If my theory is correct about mental makeup being as important as stuff, then he could be a gold mine, barring any physical problems that have not been reported.
Therefore, the trade that I would like to make before the trade deadline is with the Pirates. I'm not totally sure as to what they need in return, but I would like get Perez, Domaso Marte, and Roberto Hernandez from them.
Maybe we send Votto, Denorfia, Belisle, Germano, Bergolla,Syzmanski?
I think it would be well worth the chance. Marte and Hernandez dramatically improve our bullpen. I would also like to get Dessens and Affeldt from the Royals. Anyway I would like to hear reply's on mental makeup and how you guys feel about the importance.