decoy562 wrote:Just a Braves fan thinking out loud...
I wonder if that would be a bad thing for Smoltz to go back to closing? It may allow him to pitch another year or two? Besides, what would the rotation look like:
-Hudson -Glavine -C. James -Jurrjens -Hampton (haha) or Bennett or Carlyle
Then, you could have M. Gonzalez when he comes back, Soriano, then Smoltz. That would mean the starters would only have to go 6 innings and then the game is pretty much over.
If your rotation has Glavine at #2, James at #3, Jurrjens at #4, and Bennett or Carlyle at #5, most games it won't matter that your pen can go 3 scoreless, because after the 6th you'll be down 4 runs anyway.
Yeah, I still like Smoltz as a starter, but that isn't too bad of a rotation. Besides, the Braves averaged 5 runs a game last year. We'd be up 5 to 4 then
Yeah this sucks, I have Smoltz and he was by far the ace of my pitching staff in that league; I also have Lackey on the DL (snagged him off waivers) and just dropped Gallardo since he is done. I have so much OF talent it's not even funny, so I'm going to start dealing them off for starters.
Hudson = Hamels Glavine < Meyers (not a huge gap, and Glavine has been better so far this year) Jurrjens > Moyer James = Kendrick (Kendrick should be better but has been TERRIBLE so far) Hampton/Reyes/Bennett vs. Eaton--who knows/cares
Braves rotation is just a little below average I would say. And yes, this would be a shitty playoff rotation. The Braves beat-writer mentioned that Smoltz could possibly start in the playoffs and just pitch til his arm falls off--Smoltz is the type of guy who would do something like this too.