I know it wasn't suppose to happen this way but what if we move Smyly to the pen to solve our 8th inning issue IF Ray shows he can be our 5th starter? Ray has been very impressive so far and this may be yet another steal by DD that no one saw coming. Smyly, I'm sure, will not be happy with the move but I think it's pretty apparent that we need help in the pen. Smyly has proven to be very effective in the pen. Also, with what seems to be a given that Scherzer will be moving on, Smyly will move into the rotation next season again or if we are out of the playoff race and trade Scherzer then he finishes the year in the rotation.
Of course this all is predicated on how Robbie Ray does on Tuesday. Which for me will be must see TV.
I don't want Ray with a starting spot yet. I've seen what happens when the Tigers put a young guy up earlier than expected (Porcello). Do things the Red Wings way and keep the young guys down in the minors for a couple of years to really develop their game.
Last edited by LionsFan..LOL; 05-01-2014 at 05:18 PM.
I would have no problem with Ray coming up and starting if and only if a long term injury to one of our normal starters caused him to be the only solution.
I'm not one to think that pulling players up from the minor leagues ruins their development, but Smyly just isn't the solution to our bullpen. It's not like he would be able to pitch every day or anything. Smyly has the potential(in my opinion) to be a very good 3 starter. We've gotta let him try to reach that potential.
I think your right on Smyly LK. It got me to thinking what our rotation will look like in two years. Also, brought a nice "what if" scenario for me. Could we get Max signed and move Annibal instead? He'd probably be easier to trade. That would give us a front end of Verlander and Max with Smyly, Porcello, and Ray for next year. Then in 2016 we could go with JV, Max, Smyly, Ray, and Thompson. We seem to have a glut of starters coming up in the next 4 years and that's a good thing. Especially if we can get something nice in a trade of Sanchez and if Porcello keeps doing well he could bring a nice deal also.