March 31.10: Juggling the rotation means …. what?

When you rearrange a junk drawer without throwing out anything, it’s still a junk drawer. Right?

That’s pretty much the way I look at the news of the Mets juggling their pitching rotation. It’s the usual suspects, but they come in at a different stage of the movie.

Reportedly, following Johan Santana are John Maine, Jon Niese, Mike Pelfrey and Oliver Perez.
Perez was hammered again yesterday by the Cardinals, giving up seven runs on six hits – with three homers in 2 1/3 innings. Of Perez, manager Jerry Manuel said, “he’s a guy we’ve got to watch carefully.’’

Also under a microscope is Pelfrey, who has given up 12 runs in his last two starts.
But, I wonder what juggling the rotation really does. When the rotation is on, managers like to say, “we have five aces.’’ Even the pitchers buy into it saying, “I don’t care where I pitch as long as I pitch.’’

Assuming that’s true, then the worse should also apply. “As long as I pitch,’’ isn’t a comforting thought when we look at the spring ERA’s of Maine, Pelfrey and Perez.

I know, I know, some of you will say spring stats don’t mean anything and you might not be wrong. But, stats are a measure of performance and right now they are screaming the rotation is terrible.

What does juggling the rotation do? As far as I’m concerned it just changes the order of the inevitable.

12 thoughts on “March 31.10: Juggling the rotation means …. what?

  1. most teams juggle the rotation to get the best matchups in a pennant race. maybe manuel is practicing.

  2. Isn’t there a theory that you should set the rotation to maximize rest for the bullpen: something like 1-5-2-4-3? But who is 2-5 on the Mets rotation is hard to determine.

  3. harry

    you are correct.

    that means in the postseason it will be santana followed by johan followed by santana and if it goes to a fourth game johan will try and work on short rest.

  4. It means Oliver Perez becomes the highest paid fifth starter in the Major Leagues.
    And Dave, no offense buddy, but if you think the Mets are going to make the post-season this year (you said “it WILL be,” not “it would or might be”)with what they have in the starting rotation, I want some of what you’re smoking, dude!

  5. Perez was given a three-year, $36-million contract. I still can’t believe it, especially considering what Matt Cain signed for.-JD

  6. Daniel Murphy is going to be out 2 to 6 weeks with a sprained MCL…Jacobs is the front runner to start the season.

    Regarding Cain, did the Giants buy out arbitration years? If so, you can’t compare the two. If not, then Cain made a lousy deal for himself.

  7. it says he was signed thru this yr for 4.5

    he gets the same salary + a mil for inking plus raises each of the next 2.

  8. I guess Jerry thinks he is rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.

    At least according to WFAN the Mets seem to be a sinking ship.

    Meanwhile, I just can’t wait till Sat. April 17. The Mets will be in St. Louis on the Fox game and on the 18 they will be on ESPN ( also vs St. Louis ).

    I guess the networks think a sinking ship will bring big ratings.

  9. Delcos: You can’t compare deal for a free agent with one for a guy who is owned by his organization for years to come. Well, of course you can, but you know its a bad comparison.

  10. Gil

    If you have been following me – and I know you have, because everyone can’t wait to hear what I will say next – I am very down on this team. The pitching sucks and this team is going nowhere. I believe the Bay signing was window dressing to give the fans something to hope for.

    Last year and this year a glaring need was starting pitching. We have yet to address this. We have needed to improve the rotation for years now and for one reason or another we do not.