Quote Originally Posted by dougdirt View Post
All the more confusing. Suppose we do go with 3 guys in the rotation, that means we are saying it is better to have Bronson Arroyo pitch twice than to have Mat Latos pitch twice. On no planet does that make sense.
Actually 3 man..

Cueto, Arroyo, Latos, Cueto, Arroyo

4 man:

Cueto, Arroyo, Latos, Homer, Cueto

You get Arroyo pitching instead of Homer.
But I get your point.. if you are going with a 3 man rotation, it kind of makes sense for the first round to have Latos go #2... However, the benefit of the 3 man rotation as shown.. If the first round goes to 5 games, you start the second round with Latos (assuming the Reds survive game 5 of round 1).

Also, if the Reds go to a 3 man rotation, they have the option of starting Homer in game 5 as a "surprise'. That idea makes some sense. Dusty might like the opposition not seeing Arroyo twice. If Homer is rested and ready to go, he might go in game 5.