When you send out AAAA starters every night, bad things are bound to happen. God love them, Mendoza & Mazzaro are going to a gun fight with a knife.
So the question is clear...when does Odorizzi get the call? I say by 6/27.
I tend to think it will be whenever Chen's or Sanchez's arm finally falls off, and the choices are Will Smith, Ryan Verdugo or Odorizzi.
And I think that is imminent.
They could, however, decide that they've seen enough of Mendoza and/or Mazzaro, but I think we'll still be seeing both of those guys with the next injured arm.
(("I can't recall who it was, but I heard an interview recently that the Royals were looking for Jake to pitch deeper into games in stead of 95 pitches in 5 innings."))
...What?! We simply have no room in our rotation for somebody that can pitch more than five innings!
I wouldn't read a whole lot into that. Mazzaro was probably just down there to get some work in between starts.
But..............who knows. You are right about Odorizzi. His turn comes up on the same day as Mazzaro's.
AND he can pitch five innings with a pitch count of 95.
That may make him our Opening Day starter next year!
Don't get me wrong. I'd be beyond fine with seeing Odorizzi brought up right now.
But I don't think it is happening this week.
But it is possible.