During last month’s trade talks, Padres skipper Andy Green mentioned that a six-man rotation might be needed after trading away players from the existing rotation. Now that the team is facing a 16-game stretch with no days off combined with a staff comprised of mostly young arms, it appears that we will see at least a couple of turns of a six-man rotation. Who will be in this rotation? Why will it help?
Every member of the Padres’ opening day rotation has either been traded or has gotten hurt. AJ Preller, manager Andy Green, and pitching coach Darren Balsley have invoked their inner MacGyver to assemble the current pitching staff. Rule 5 draftee Luis Perdomo has been thrust into a starting role, and the rest of the rotation has been cobbled together with veteran free agent signings, young unproven talent, and huge gobs of pine tar. Since the start of August, the Padres have sent the following guys out to start a game: Luis Perdomo, Christian Friedrich, Edwin Jackson, Jarred Cosart, Paul Clemens, and some guy called “Player #91.” Now that former starter Clayton Richard has been added to the mix, there are at least six guys in the clubhouse to play Rotation Roulette.
Tyson Ross threw a 25-pitch bullpen session Saturday. While that’s a long way from his next start, he’ll hopefully be able to make a few appearances before the end of the season. Erik Johnson is also on the DL and could contribute down the stretch.
The Padres are employing some young pitchers who have shown talent but don’t have a track record of starting a full MLB season. Of particular note is Perdomo, who pitched a career high of 125 innings in 2015, and is at 94 innings so far this season. This is also an opportunity to see what Clayton Richard has in the tank, who hasn’t been a regular starter since being relatively reliable in the role for the Padres from 2009-2013.