Houston Astros Should Consider Six-Man Rotation To Start 2014

By Josh Sippie
Thomas Campbell – USA TODAY Sports

With so many possible candidates vying for the final rotation spot on the Houston Astros, it may be in their immediate benefit to turn the traditional five-man rotation into a six-man, if only until they figure out who their definite top five starters are.

There are potentially 10 or more starters vying to be the fifth man in a rotation that is pretty set around it’s top four of Scott Feldman, Jarred Cosart, Brett Oberholtzer and Brad Peacock. Names like Colin McHugh, Kyle Weiland, Jerome Williams, Alex White, Dallas Keuchel, Lucas Harrell, Asher Wojciechowski, Paul Clemens and possibly even Mark Appel and Mike Foltynewicz are all in the running for one spot.

Sure, competition is a great thing, but that may be a little too crowded.

Having a six-man rotation has more than just that one added benefit of sorting out who’s most capable. It also allows this very young rotation to have an added day of rest. It prevents the need to shut down young arms early in the season to prevent wear on the arm.

Feldman was acquired to eat innings and give the bullpen a break. Well, a six-man rotation would do the same for this incredibly young, talented pitching core that the Astros have accumulated.

It really is going to be a fun time for the Astros. Guys like Harrel and Keuchel, who have at some point in time held down a rotation spot, have the chance to prove that they really are able. Then there’s Weiland, White and McHugh, who just want that chance to prove that they’re MLB ready. Appel, Wojciechowski and Folynewicz are three of the top pitching prospects the Astros have, so surely they want to get to the majors and prove their worth as well.

All in all, a six-man rotation would provide nothing but benefits to a young Astros team that wants to give as many people an opportunity in the MLB as possible.

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