"The players might be working hard but for sure the people working upstairs aren't."
How do you know this??? Are you guessing??? Are you just supposing???
As with any trade you need a partner that agrees to certain terms. If you bring up players from Norfolk that are not ready for the "Prime Time" you ar no better off than with what you have on the roster already.
Gregg has an unmovable contract.
Hunter has an option or two and n=may be excrised after today.
Johnson is hurt and on the Dl so he can not be moved until activated.
Flaherty was a rule five player and the options on him are limited. If going into the season anybody though we would be in the position we are now (2nd place) they may have let him return out of spring training. With the time invested into him (Flaherty) at this point I think he stays on the roster.
Tillman is not ready for the show until he gets through 7 innings at AAA without throwing over 100 pitches therefore not an option asof yet.
Gonzalez has one start that has him "Stretched Out" and needs at least two more and be effective in them.
Matusz is the same as Arietta. They have proven in the minors all they can and we need to either allow them to progress or trade them. Up and down to and from the minors is not an option at this point.
"sitting pretty"...?????? I'm not complaining about the record. This team is in a funk and looks like they are going thru the motions. The ball that dropped in RF the other day. Jones foolish lack of concentration last nite. Poor approaches at the plate. Pitchers throwing batting practice at game time.
Buck has work to do!
I think that what some people are suggesting is that they would prefer 5 shutout innings from a starter over 3 innings, 8 ER's from a starter. Tillman will not be consistent; he might go 6 or 7 on occasion but will usually get pulled in the 4th or 5th due to pitch count or walks. I have been a big Tillman fan and have thought that he might one day reinvent himself, but it's not happening. Yes, he is still very young but at age 24, he's been a professional for about 1/4th of his life, if he has not changed by now, I don't think it will happen. Three choices, be happy with 5 innings, unleash him from the pitch count, or trade him. If we need to wait for Tillman to throw fewer pitches, instead of allowing him to throw more, then I say we should consider trading him to Detroit. He will throw a lot of pitches, he will walk a lot of guys, he does not seem able to break this so it is either something that we have to live with or just get rid of him and let him play somewhere that they don't mind him throwing 130 pitches to throw a complete game no-hit shutout while walking 7 guys. Send him to Detroit, maybe him and Verlander will thrive together while they pitch their 127 or 131 pitch games. The Tigers manager seems to be the only person in baseball willing to allow such a thing.
Tillman’s last 10 starts in the majors (2011).
(4/18) 3 ER 6.2 IP(4/30) 1 ER 5 IP(5/5) 8 ER 3.2 IP(5/11) 1 ER 6 IP(5/16) 0 ER 5 IP(5/22) 1 ER 5 IP(5/27) 1 ER 4.1 IP(6/30) 5 ER 4.1 IP(8/6) 2 ER 7 IP(8/11) 6 ER 2.2 IP
In 5 of the 10 starts, he allowed 1 run or less, in 7 of the 10 starts he allowed 3 runs or less. He usually lasted around 5 innings or less. The reason why he lasted so short is because of pitch count and walks. Three starts before the first start that appears on this list, April 2nd against Tampa Bay, Tillman pitched 6 no-hit innings but he was lifted due to a pitch count of 101. Six innings is not as nice as seven, but no hits is better than 20. lol