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    Quote Originally Posted by mvp 78 View Post
    Houck was a known issue for a while but a lot of posters on here still wanted to roll him out there. I see him as trade bait.
    Iíve been saying Houck, and Whit should have stayed in the pen for 2 years now, but they are cheap options for the rotation along with one of Blooms $10M man, and I think Bloom likes that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Red View Post
    I’ve been saying Houck, and Whit should have stayed in the pen for 2 years now, but they are cheap options for the rotation along with one of Blooms $10M man, and I think Bloom likes that.
    I was hopeful that Whitlock could be a 3 because of his pitch mix, but his body just can’t do the wear and tear of starting. He’s relief only going forward IMO. If they yoyo him back to the rotation it’s a mistake.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bellhorn04 View Post
    If he's really good for 1-3 innings why would you trade him? It's pitching we need.
    We have enough 3 inning guys to fill the roster. We need legitimate starters and Houck has trade value.

    Houck is not significantly better than Murphy/Winck/Whitlock/Crawford. He’s expendable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mvp 78 View Post
    We have enough 3 inning guys to fill the roster. We need legitimate starters and Houck has trade value.

    Houck is not significantly better than Murphy/Winck/Whitlock/Crawford. He’s expendable.
    For 3 inning stints he's been better than those guys.

    They're all expendable, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mvp 78 View Post
    We have enough 3 inning guys to fill the roster. We need legitimate starters and Houck has trade value.

    Houck is not significantly better than Murphy/Winck/Whitlock/Crawford. Heís expendable.
    I agree.

    I might also add Pivetta to this list, but he does not fall apart after 50 pitches or the third time through a line-up like Houck. (He's not as good over the first 50 pitches, either.) In his career, he does better 51-75 than 1-25.

    1-25, 26-50, 51-75 pitches
    Pivetta: .820, .697. .784
    1st PA, 2nd... AS SP'er only
    .769>,747>,870

    Houck
    By pitches: .644, .654, .920
    By PAs: .626>,792>.938

    Whitlock
    Pitches: .692, .612, .831
    PAs: .760>,692>1.122

    Crawford 2023
    Pitches: .617, .739, .760
    PAs: .612>.820>1,159

    I'm not sure if you can have an 8 man pen with 2 short guys and 6 long guys, but we have at least 4- 5 if you count Murphy.

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    The stats do tell a story on all of these 4 pitchers. The top of rotation types get stronger as the game progresses and their pitch mixes vary to keep hitters from timing them.

    I do wonder as to what extent conditioning and pitch calling may have to do with their significant decline after 50 pitches. One thing they all have in common is pitching middle-middle and up in zone vs. commanding the corners. Also lack of a definitive 2 strike pitch to close out a batter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vegasbob View Post
    The stats do tell a story on all of these 4 pitchers. The top of rotation types get stronger as the game progresses and their pitch mixes vary to keep hitters from timing them.

    I do wonder as to what extent conditioning and pitch calling may have to do with their significant decline after 50 pitches. One thing they all have in common is pitching middle-middle and up in zone vs. commanding the corners. Also lack of a definitive 2 strike pitch to close out a batter.
    I think it's a combination of conditioning and lack of extended repertoires. Some more of one than the other.

    If we can't ever get these guys to go 75 pitches in a game, then we have to maximize their chances to do the best they can by not putting them in those situations, anymore.

    I've been ringing the bell for adding two major studs at the TOTR, but in reality we probably need 2 plus some rotation depth to insure we never have to start Houck, Whitlock and probably Crawford, too. I think Pivetta can be handed the 5th slot, but we need more depth than Sale to make sure those 3 stay in the pen 100%. Sure, use them as openers, if needed, but never let them go beyond about 50 pitches or 18 batters- EVER!

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