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Astros decide to use six-man rotation for remainder of year

Sep 5, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

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Following in the Marlins’ footsteps, the Astros have decided to go to a six-man rotation for the remainder of the season.

Houston made the change in order to get rookie Dallas Keuchel regular starts down the stretch alongside Jordan Lyles, Fernando Abad, Lucas Harrell, Bud Norris, and Edgar Gonzalez.

Interim manager Tony DeFrancesco told Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle that the six-man rotation is a way to limit the workloads of young pitchers and also gives the Astros a chance to evaluate more starters for a potential role in 2013 and beyond.

Houston starters rank second-worst in the NL with a 4.70 ERA, ahead of only Colorado, and that mark includes some good pitching from Wandy Rodriguez before he was traded.

  1. stex52 - Sep 5, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    I’ve been concerned all season with wear and tear on inexperienced arms, especially since they announced they were going to trade all of their veterans at the start of the season. It seems to me they have little choice but to do this.

  2. Chipmaker - Sep 5, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    This’ll make it easier to slot in Clemens once or twice.

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