Thursday, August 6, 2009

Time to Take Penny Out of the Rotation

At this point I would feel more comfortable with Julian Tavarez in the rotation. Brad Penny has just 1 win in his last 7 starts, his ERA for July was 5.93 and his ERA for August is now 7.50. Perhaps the most telling sign of how bad he has been comes when you factor in this: Penny has given up more earned runs (23) than the number of batters he has struck out (22) in July and August. Wake is about a week and 1/2 away from returning and Penny should be the odd man out when he returns.

5 comments:

Anonymous,  August 6, 2009 at 8:12 AM  

But we need to take Smoltz out too. And Wake is still injured. A 3 man rotation?

Matt August 6, 2009 at 9:07 AM  

and don't forget Buchholz's struggles...how about a 2 man rotation

dave,  August 6, 2009 at 9:54 AM  

"You can never have too much pitching." The Sox started off the season with an unbelievably strong pitching staff, at least on paper. Now it's like they're falling like dominoes.

Bottom Line Rob August 6, 2009 at 12:15 PM  

Agreed... but who do we replace hime with?

Instead of yanking him, I think we need to hope that Buchholz can improve. Penny is what he is at this point, but Buchhy has the tools to be better... he just needs to do it.

Wishful thinking, but Penny's mediocrity has me hoping Buchhy can get it together.

Red Sox Sonoma August 6, 2009 at 1:12 PM  

Will Paul Byrd be the answer?

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