AJ and JMAC have really been the only 2 starters that have pitched the entire year, and both seem to have lost some MPH on their fastball. JMAC in particular rarely seems to go above 92 anymore.
So with the lack of a true ace, and the seeming reality that our pitcher's have gotten a little tired over the year (see Jason Grilli and his 92 MPH fastballs getting hammered this weekend) - does it makes sense to consider a 6-man rotation next year?
Could the extra days rest be anything but positive for JMAC and AJ, and for that matter an aging Wandy? And after those 3, it feels like the Bucs have about half-a-dozen options that all seem to be anywhere from #3 - #5 starters (Karstens, Locke, McPhearson, VandenHurk, Wilson, maybe Irwin).
What are the negatives of a 6-man rotation? Your Ace gets a few less starts per year? But what if you dont have a true ace? It feels like Hurdle has tried to buy extra days for almost every starter at different times throughout the year. Why not just go with a 6-man outta the gates, especially if you have about 6 guys competing for 2 spots that all seem to have similar potential?
Now when Cole and Taillon are ready, its obviously not even a consideration. But until then, do you at least entertain the option?