Question for Rye and others-
The baseball team went 0 for Houston and has now lost 6 straight. My question is how many quality starters does a team realistically need to advance deep into the postseason?
In a double elimination format, it would seem like a team would need 3 quality starters, so that 1 loss would not be fatal.
I know that we are very early in the season. But so far, Rasmussen and Cole have had 2 excellent starts, and the remaining starters Brewer, Grace and Brooks have not gone past the 4th inning.
Is there a sense this early that we need somebody else to step up who is not currently in the rotation, or that at least one of Brewer, Grace or Brooks has some simple mechanics to work through and will be right in the near future. In the meantime, the short outings seem to be putting a lot of pressure on the bullpen. Bauer in particular is racking up some major innings.
It is obviously very early in the season, so hopefully this all looks like a fluke which is easily correctable. Otherwise, riding 2 starters would not seem to be a recipe for long-term success. Thoughts welcome.