No, I don't want to get carried away by two or three good starts. Although, a run of 3 very good starting performances is nice to hopefully build on.
That being said, I know starting pitching has been a huge problem for this team. That being said, there's still upside there.
Cueto has been outstanding this year.
Leake has shown me enough to believe he's at the very least going to give you a chance to win most of the time you run him out there.
Arroyo has done the same ever since becoming a Red. Yes he gets lit up at times, but when it's all said and done he's league average or above.
Bailey looked like he was finally starting to get it.
Guys, that's 4 decent starters if everyone stays healthy and pitches up to their ability.
Granted those are big ifs, but not nearly as big of ifs as Volquez and Wood.
NOW, IF Volquez and/or Wood pitch with any kind of consistency, then you have a pretty good rotation.
Sure, there's a lot of variables there. Guys need to stay healthy and consistent. That's never guaranteed over the course of a 162 game season with younger pitchers especially. We've already seen that this year.
BUT, the ability and potential IS there.
But I just don't see much upside with some of the guys on offense. Janish, Gomes/Lewis, even Rolen at this point... I think what we see is what we get.
Janish's bat was always a question. Gomes is little more than a streaky slugger. Yes when he's going well he's an asset, but when he's not it's brutal.
Lewis has been a journeyman player for a reason. Rolen in his prime was one of the best third baseman in the game, maybe the best all around. He's not in his prime anymore.
Don't get me wrong- if there's a stud pitcher to be had, I'm not saying don't go after him. I just think over the course of the season the pitching will correct itself and the weak links in the lineup will continue to be weak links.