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The Braves are going to a six-man rotation for a while

Aug 13, 2012, 5:33 PM EDT

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Lots of rotation weirdness this year. Six mans, four mans. Here’s another six-man: the Atlanta Braves.

With Tommy Hanson coming off the disabled list, Fredi Gonzalez had to figure out who to bump. The most likely choices were Kris Medlen or Mike Minor, but given that everyone has pitched fairly well, Gonzalez has decided to go with all six dudes — Hudson, Hanson, Medlen, Minor, Sheets and Maholm — until the off day on August 30, and then go back to a five-man after that.

Meanwhile, Old Hoss Radbourn looks at this with disgust. Of course he’s looked at the very concept of a pitching “rotation” with disgust for a 128 years.

Best case: everyone continues to pitch well through then and Atlanta has fresher arms for the final playoff push. Worse case: three dudes drop like flies and I have to make posts that start out with “remember back when the Braves had more starters than they could use …?”

  1. mississippimusicman - Aug 13, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    I figure by August 30, one or more of these starters will have fallen on hard times and either been DL’d or demoted. Good plan in the meantime, though.

  2. nekotman - Aug 14, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    Hanson is a baby. They should put him in the pen but he would probably cry too much and upset the team chemistry. He might have a good W/L record but he has pitched lately like Jair. Which means he has pitched below Little League level.

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