Bedard out until after the All-Star break, rotation fun
Out with the back issue. The M’s will almost certainly DL him — they can make it retroactive to July 5th, eligible to come back off and start against Cleveland, say the 20th (but I’ll get to that)
Meanwhile, it looks like Felix will come back Friday, making the next set of starts:
Batista vs Oakland
Dickey vs Oakland
Felix vs KC (wahahahahaha)
The Bus vs KC
??? (Silva?) vs KC
Then the All-Star break. You can see where necessity created this mess, but I wonder about the decision to start Dickey over Rowland-Smith.
Dickey, as a starter: 30.2 IP, 6.16 ERA, 41 H, 3 HR, 16 BB, 18 K
Dickey, as a reliever: 23 IP, 1.96 ERA, 17 H, 2 HR, 6 BB, 17 K
While RRS, on a really short leash, has at least performed a lot better than Dickey as a starter — and in the rotation the manager doesn’t get to forget he’s there for weeks.
Oakland, v lefties .244/.313/.345
Oakland, v righties .252/.329/.389
v lefties .275/.336/.418
v righties .258/.308/.376
Ah. If you can’t get RRS the start against Oakland because he started on the 6th, it makes sense to think about pushing Dickey out there and trying to pick your spots in relief.
The really interesting thing to watch is how they patch this up post-break, if Bedard can come back. They’ll have Felix on long rest to re-start, and then they’ll need at least one start to get to Bedard, with three more spots to fill and not enough good pitchers to do it. And if they manage to deal Washburn off… you see how this gets hairy quickly.