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Poll: L or Q

Bringing you a poll way too early in ST haha...

My take is L is better suited as a RP.  Stuff is effective the first or second look, and diminishes from there. Q has the starter poise to me.

Other takes...

 

 

Not sure Lucchesi's lack of command plays that well out of the pen ... high BB% and throws a ton in the dirt will not work if he comes in with men on base.

Until Quantrill PROVES some ML constancy I would stick with Lucchesi in the rotation to start the season.

Not a big fan of Lucchesi for the long haul but he may be a very good #5 SP for 2020 IF #1-4 perform better than him (Paddack, Lamet, Davies, Richards). He was mis-cast in 2019 as the #2 behind Paddack with the rest of the staff not too effective. However, if he just repeats his 2019 work eating innings (164) and a .500 record (10-10) out of the #5 slot ... he may actually be one of the best #5 in MLB (actually very few #5s that pitch those innings).

Think of it as #5 being .500 should mean that each of #1-4 are above .500 and scoring enough wins to propel the team into legit contention. Lucchesi gets bumped only with the confidence level of immediate improvement for a replacement is determined.

Q to AAA or long relief to start the season.

I dont think having Q go relief is going to help him or the team. He needs to keep his innings up so that he can keep his arm used to starting and keep a routine. That way if anything happens with 1-4, he is ready to step in for that pitcher.

 

I would personally take Quantrill every day of the week and twice on Sunday. But that will not happen. I know they are saying it is a competition, but it isn't. Lucchesi hasn't been in the minors for 2 full years. They will not send him down now. He will never be sent down again.

I think we know what we are getting with Lucchesi.  He will give you steady but unspectacular production. Honestly, his lifetime 4.14 ERA is quite a bit better than the mlb average of 4.51 last year. I think the Padres prize that. Quantrill had a 3.32 ERA last year before the last month of the season. If he can keep that kind of production up for a full year he can be a #2. I just think the Padres will start him in the minors this year. He will be the first call up when an injury happens as long as he is pitching well. If he can show consistency at the ml level, he will force a trade. Until he proves dependable, he will be on the back and forth shuttle.

Count me as another vote for Joey in the rotation and Cal to AAA.

Pitchers get injured. Cal will be up before long.

Quote from BoosterSD on March 7, 2020, 11:21 am

I dont think having Q go relief is going to help him or the team. He needs to keep his innings up so that he can keep his arm used to starting and keep a routine. That way if anything happens with 1-4, he is ready to step in for that pitcher.

 

(BEFORE today's game ...:)  Agree.   There's too many bullpen options esp if keep Guerra.  Strahm gives some bullpen length, also Pomeranz, and could go with Perdomo also as a long option in that last spot.  Our #6 SP -- whoever it is -- should be STARTING so he's already in that role when needed.  I agree with many that Quantrill's potential is much > Lucchesi's, but: 1) Joey's MLB experience likely to get him the last spot, and 2)  I don't like the rotation being all RH.  Even though he's the clear #5, wouldn't be surprised if they put Joey after someone other than Davies (G. Richards?) so he's sandwiched between 2 harder throwing RHP's for more variation in SP velo in a 3 game series?

(AFTER today's game....)  Hmmm.  I'm willing to give Joey a mulligan there, especially if he "took the ball" when maybe not 100% (flu).  But he really cracked the door open for Cal today...  Even though he's been all MLB the last 2 years, they DEFINITELY should not push him to pen if Quantrill does beat him out.  If he's working on a 3rd pitch & mechanical changes, he should go to AAA where he can keep starting, but really work on those things; #6 SP should be starting (in minors).

Also, even if Joey is #5 to open the season, where does everyone think he goes if/when Gore arrives....  AAA.   He's not "beholden" to MLB roster spot just b/c he's had it the last 2 years on bad teams.  Same goes for everyone (with < 8 figure salaries & options left:)

 

 

Idk. Too much thinking for me. I am a simple guy. I feel Q provides a greater chance to win, right now, on a nightly basis and ergo Q is 5. If he isnt up to the task or he gets hurt simply go back to L.

I am not yet convinced that Gore or Patino are better than 1-5 at the present time. Right now, I have no issue with them developing in AA.

Gore, Patino, Morejon, Baez, Bolanos, Lawson are all in camp and should apply rotation pressure soon. I think we should trade L among others.

 

 

It was also a mistake to use Baez and Morejon in the bullpen all last season.

If they had been starting somewhere they would at least be close to ready to start in SD.

What if we have multiple injuries to the rotation this year and are contending?

Maybe those two could have at least given us a few starts this year if they had been stretching out “last” year instead of this.As it is they may not even be ready next year.

 

 

Quote from MrPadre19 on March 7, 2020, 6:32 pm

It was also a mistake to use Baez and Morejon in the bullpen all last season.

If they had been starting somewhere they would at least be close to ready to start in SD.

What if we have multiple injuries to the rotation this year and are contending?

Maybe those two could have at least given us a few starts this year if they had been stretching out “last” year instead of this.As it is they may not even be ready next year.

 

 

I disagree about Baez. He had been having problems with his performance as a starter as well as with injuries. I think it was great for him last year to get a chance to not only face major league hitters, but to learn that he could consistently get them out. I think that will take a lot of weight off of his mind so he can just go out and pitch now. He knows he has the talent now and he just has to build up his arm and show consistency.

Morejon was a whole other matter. He was not close to being ready for mlb and should not have been brought up.

Back to the original topic instead of tangents regarding other pitchers

Crazy mechanics with so many moving parts has always been a roll of the dice.....today it was snake eyes.

The margin for error is zero..... Todays line for Luchessi   IP - .2 , H - 3, R - 4, ER - 4, BB - 4 including a double in the 8 batters he faced.

88-90 mph won't get it done unless it's a smooth in and out, up and down type of "Thumber" that can actually goose it to

93-94 mph.....Luchessi isn't that guy.......I say give Quantrill a go and let Luchessi go down and work on his "other" stuff.