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Astros going with a six-man rotation for a while

Jun 27, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

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Houston manager Brad Mills has decided to go with a six-man rotation through the All-Star break.  The reason? Bud Norris is coming back and the Astros are so happy with the guy who has been replacing him — Dallas Keuchel — that they don’t want to send him back down.

Eh, their call, but it’s not like Keuchel seems worth the fuss. He’s pitched superficially well in his brief stint, posting a 1.29 ERA in a couple of starts, but it’s a little misleading. He has 14 innings and in that time has only struck out five dudes while walking five. His k-rate has been fairly unremarkable in the minors too, and he’s mostly seen success when repeating a level, which is the sign of a guy who isn’t a stud prospect.

But hey, why not? The Astros aren’t going anywhere. If they want to take a closer look at Keuchel for a couple of weeks while giving some of the other starters a break, no biggie.

  1. ajcardsfan - Jun 27, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    You would think it was a somewhat of a smart of move, could alleviate some fatigue and give a rookie a bit more Major league experience, but that’s just my opinion

  2. yahmule - Jun 27, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    The Rockies and Astros will prove there are multiple paths to failure.

  3. stex52 - Jun 27, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    Exactly, AJ. I will give a few of my thoughts. I’ve been beating this drum all season. They have a lot of young arms, but no real star prospects at this point. Probably mostly grade out as threes and fours. That’s okay for now, they are pitching pretty well. But Wandy is up for a trade and Myers is a closer. Who is going to eat innings when they start shutting these guys down for fatigue?

    And if Keuchel is in a groove, why not use him? He is probably getting close to a decision point, anyway.

    Makes sense to me.

  4. bigleagues - Jun 27, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    Maybe the Rockies and Astros should explore a Staff Sharing arrangement.

  5. Kevin S. - Jun 27, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Right, the usually trade-off for going to a larger rotation is less fatigue for more marginal performance. In the Astros’ case, however, there’s much less separation in the rotation and the team isn’t going anywhere, so saving some bullets now should help them down the road.

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