What is your opinion of the A.J. Pierzynski signing?
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With Derek Holland's impending return to the rotation, it made me think of this - what if he pitches well enough to challenge Colby Lewis' No. 3 spot in the rotation? Is there an advantage of going lefty-lefty-lefty (Lee, Wilson, Holland) in a playoff series? Obviously, the opponent matters, but just wondering about the inherent pros and/or cons to such an approach.
Oh, by the way, this is also based on the assumption that Holland pitches better than Tommy Hunter as well.
Glad you threw that in there about Tommy.
Depending on the match up, having three lefties wouldn't hurt. I am really interested on how Holland bounces back, and if being around Lee can help him develop. I think Holland has better stuff then CJ and Lee, he just needs to be more consistent and learn how to use his abilities.
The Yankees have a nice amount of talented righties and several switch hitters, so there wouldn't be much of an advantage there.
Considering how excellent Lewis has been, and considering that his strikeout rate is still above nine per nine innings, and considering that Holland has struggled since being optioned to OKC, I have a really hard time fathoming how Holland could beat out Lewis.
But, if we're talking purely hypothetically here, this is actually an interesting question. Because for a long time, I've been on the lookout for some sort of study quantifying the value of a mixed rotation (e.g. R-L-R-L-R) vs. a straight rotation (e.g. R-R-R-R-R), and whether mixing up handedness every night provides some sort of synergistic value to a team. My guess is that if such value actually does exist, it's pretty minimal, and I think it's virtually impossible to isolate that value anyway because of the number of variables involved, but that still doesn't stop me from going Lee-Lewis-Wilson right now.
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