Maris09 wrote:Doesn't seem like Ogando (last year) or Feliz can throw enough innings to make it all year as a starter. Maybe they flip flop sometime during the year. Feliz starts off as a starter and ends the year in the bullpen, and Ogando visa versa. Not likely I guess, but just a thought.
Ogando may have tired as the year went on, but CJ Wilson didn't when they converted him. It's a case by case basis, and I don't know that we should assume Feliz won't be able to shoulder the load. Also, 169 innings is a solid amount of work for a guy transitioning. There's few guys who make it to that 200 mark we seem to expect from too many pitchers.
I was in no way trying to diminish what Ogando did last year, he was fantastic and a pleasant surprise for sure. But if Texas had been able to somehow switch his role last year at the allstar break and move him to the pen for the 2nd half, I think we can all agree it would have probably worked out better.
As far as Feliz, I don't think anyone expects him to be effective through 170 innings or higher. It was kinda my point that we shouldn't expect 200 IP from either of these guys, and that a role switch mid way through the season could be the best idea. Obviously they'd have to stretch Ogando out down in the minors around the allstart break, so not sure that's something they'd want to do. But a total of 140 or so innings from each guy between the 5th starter spot and bullpen could be optimal for all involved.