I think some of Lopez’s recent struggles early on may have to do with the constant talk about his struggles in the 5th. Early on he seemed to come blazing out to start the game but as it got later on his stuff decreased as it look like he was tired. This can easily make a younger pitchers (Lopez more experience then age) to possibly throttle back some to get deeper in games as they would want to go in the 6th or 7th. There is no way I would let Lopez and his arm go without giving he bullpen opportunities first. Andrew Miller was this type of pitcher as a starter, great fastball and stuff, but just was not a good starter. When he went to the pen everything changed the same with Britton. I think every team tries to keep certain guys in the rotation if they have 3 or 4 pitches and they just don’t succeed as a starter but wait to long to try them in the pen. After about 200-300 or so inning in the majors and you not seeing improvements as a starter try him the the pen stop trying to put a circle into a square peg.
Thanks! That bio says he is known as a tough negotiator. It is always interesting to see how these shake out. You have to believe Lawlar has a bottom line number in mind. He is generally seen as a top 5 pick, but the number 1-2 talent. I tend to doubt that Elias will pay him slot, but if he falls to #5, he should.
Several times you said that I or others don't care about defense as long as the C hits above average. That is not what I said and I think everyone here would agree defense matters. The question is how much and whether Pedro hits enough to be worth it.