In our last blog post, we discussed what the Giants should do with their No. 5 starter, Todd Wellemeyer, in the wake of an ugly outing against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Well, five days later, we have our answer. Wellemeyer will not be pulled from the rotation. And even worse, he will not be skipped in the rotation, even though the schedule provides a perfect opportunity to do so.
Why? The Giants have the reasons. They are:
- The pitcher the Giants were considering as a callup in place of Wellemeyer was Eric Hacker. But Hacker is not on the 40-man roster. To call up Hacker, the Giants would need to clear a spot on their 40-man roster, and they were not ready to do that.
- Tim Lincecum struggled in his last outing, and the Giants wanted to give their ace one more day of rest before his next start.
- Wellemeyer has pitched far better at home than on the road, and his next two scheduled starts would come at AT&T Park.
These seem like reasonable reasons. But we offer some reasons to the contrary.
- The Giants’ offense is struggling, having gone scoreless in the past 20 innings and scoring only once in the past 30 innings. You don’t want Giants hitters thinking they’ll need to score 3 or 4 runs to produce a victory. They need to know they can relax after scoring one or two. Pitching Lincecum allows the hitters to relax, than throwing Wellemeyer.
- The Giants are currently riding a season-high five-game losing streak. They need a stopper. That is Lincecum, not Wellemeyer.
- The way the team is hitting, they need to throw out their best pitchers every day. That screams to pass Wellemeyer whenever possible.
- If the Giants skipped Wellemeyer Tuesday, and again next week when off days provide another opportunity, it would allow Barry Zito to miss the next series against the Oakland A’s, a team that he has never had any success against since leaving the team via free agency.