He’s the Ralph Nader. He’s the Chili’s that smells like mice. He’s suicide option when you play “Would you Rather”. Yes, Detroit, starting pitcher Casey Crosby is the option that no one is talking about in the competition for the fifth spot in the Detroit Tigers’ rotation.
The discussion to this point has focused around Rick Porcello and Drew Smyly for this fifth position—Porcello because he has the most experience and Smyly because he’s had the best 2012 campaign out of them. Right now, fans have been focused on which one of them will join the fierce hydra that is Detroit’s starting rotation.
Frankly, there’s a reason there is no buzz around Crosby. The guy only has 12.1 innings of MLB experience and it hasn’t been great. In the three games he started last year he went 1-1 with a 9.49 ERA and a WHIP (walks plus hits per inning) around 2.1. As long as both Porcello and Smyly remain with the organization, stay healthy, and avoid any “freak outs” Crosby isn’t going to be in the conversation.
Experience is key in this decision. That’s why, even with a strong showing down in Lakeland from Crosby, it would be seen as very strange for him to be the unproven option the Tigers go with for their fifth game of the season. You don’t give the Drivers’ Education student the keys to the Batmobile.
Eventually, Crosby may be in the discussed at some point, but, for the time being, let’s let him marinate for a little while longer in those sweet, tangy juices that are the Tigers’ farm system.