Sunday, April 04, 2004

One positive thing from Showalter 

One of the big stathead campaigns of late has been the return of the four-man rotation; given the shortage of quality starters, the argument goes, a team is best served by replacing 32 starts from a fifth starter with eight starts apiece from the top four starters.

While the Rangers aren't going to a true five man rotation, Buck Showalter has indicated that he will skip the fifth spot in the rotation when possible, noting that the Rangers need a fifth starter only seven times until the All-Star Break. This would allow Mickey Callaway to swing between a long-relief role and the fifth starter spot.

Given the rotation problems the Rangers currently have, eliminating as many starts as possible from their weakest starter, whomever it may be, can only help matters...

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