This is my favorite progressive league team - I took it over in 1964 and it is now 1967. It is finally showing signs of life and I have recently made a couple of trades to shore up the starting pitching which already had Jim Kaat, Denny Lemaster and Tommy John. I was able to add Jim McGlothlin and Mel Queen.
I have a bullpen that is passable, not bad but not great: a couple of long releivers in Bob Shaw and Frank Bertaina, a good closer in John Wyatt, three setup men in Hank Aguirre (not too bad) , Bob Hendley, and Fred Lasher. It will get me through the season and has been surprisingly effective but is not made up of world beaters.
So here is my question: do I move Tommy John to the bullpen, to have a first rate setup A that can pitch very frequently, backing up what are now four good starters?
The four I would have include one with good IP (Kaat at 264), but the others hover around 200 IP - so if I move John to the bullpen, I need to set their pitch counts to around 5-6 IP (say 85-90 pitches) when they are the best pitchers on the staff with the partial exception of closer Wyatt. Of course I could then count on John to come in as setup. Or do I stick with a five man rotation, which puts little stress on the starters, and count on the okay if not great bullpen as currently constituted ?
Here are the RL numbers of the starting rotation as currently configured (five starters):
|Jim Kaat '67 (L)
|Denny Lemaster '67 (L)
|Jim McGlothlin '67 (R)
|Mel Queen '67 (R)
|Tommy John '67 (L)