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joshfern wrote:Prepare for a possible move to the bullpen when Koji comes off the DL, though.
joshfern wrote:A few reasons I think Hernandez will move to the bullpen while Berken and Bergesen stay in the rotation when Koji returns:
1. Berken and Bergesen have better control than Hernandez (2.5 and 1.6 BB/9 respectively in MiLB to Hernandez's 3.8). That bodes well for them as starters since they'll work more efficiently and command all their pitches over the course of 6 or 7 innings.
2. Koji is pretty much guaranteed a spot in the rotation when he returns so that's one less spot for Hernandez.
3. Jamie Walker is on the brink of losing his job. Perhaps they cut ties with him to clear up a spot for Koji, put Hendrickson in the long-man/LH specialist role, and assign Hernandez to a MRP/LRP role.
4. Hernandez has arguably the best fastball on the O's current roster and a nasty slider. He's really just a two-pitch pitcher. Protect his vulnerability but putting him in the pen and limiting opposing hitter's chances of figuring him out over a 6 or 7 inning start as opposed to a 1 to 3 inning relief appearance.
5. Think for the future. Hernandez probably will be one of the odd men out once Tillman, Matusz and Arrieta arrive. Give him some experience coming out of the bullpen. There's no way any of those three pitchers will be anything other than SP. Not the case for Hernandez.
6. Hernandez has the repertoire to be a closer. Lord knows the O's need one. Hell, the O's need relief pitching period. Hernandez could be an internal solution.
Edit: Also, as for Guthrie, I don't see him going anywhere any time soon. He's the ONLY pitcher in the O's starting rotation who is not a rookie. Think about it.
Plus you don't just deal a guy with 97mph heat who's only making $650 K for "scrap." He's cheap, talented and experienced. We need that over the next couple seasons.
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