So many people will say, in response for the call to seek out more pitching, "If it aint broke don't fix it". This is my explanation as to why I believe we are broke.
Now this is not a panic post in any way as we have lost 1 in the last 10 games. This team is clicking in ALMOST every way possible. My issue is this: our team has won quite a few of the last 10 games by "picking up our struggling pitchers". IMHO, a c hampionship team wins based on it's solid offense AND its solid pitching. My breakdown:
Zambrano: Well what to say? He is what we want him to be so no complaints here.
Lilly: Yesterday's game looks a lot better in the box than it did while the game was being played. People will say when you give up 2 runs, your offense ought to be able to win. Well, not if it has spent the last 10 games doing just that. Lilly gives up too many lead off hits, he didn't appear to be hitting his spot as well as he wanted to, and as usual, he gives up too many 1st inning runs. He also appears to tire out and seems to have a tendency to unravel as things get more difficult. His defense has also picked him up quite a bit as of late.
Dempster: Again, pleasantly surprised and happy with his performances.
Hill: Well, he's gone but we were all counting on him this offseason.
Marquis: Oh please! This guy is just not going to cut it. He gives back almost every run our offense picks up. this is not a recipe for success. he is likely going to get worse IMO. A god sinker ball pitcher locates and induces the ground ball outs the team needs. Jason Marquis does not.
Gallagher: I like him so far...so far.
Lieber: Great long man. May be our answer but i like the security he brings to our pen/rotation.
So...I believe this club NEEDS to add a solid #2/#3 pitcher to its rotation. I think that a team will tire out having to "pick up struggling pitchers" If this were October, I would be less worried as they would appear to have maintained and have it in them. It's not though, and therefore, I think that Hendry needs to be on the prowl sooner than later. This club needs to be well rested so as not to tank a la 2007 should we be where we are now, in October.
PS. I know the issue is who is available. I cannot make that statement but it is Hendry's job to at least identify the need and find a solution if one exists.