I am a great prognosticator. The best prognosticator. My prognostications are unstoppable.
Just don’t go back and read the Bullets with my best guesses on what the Cubs would do with the rotation this week.
It turns out, the open rotation spot on Wednesday in Tampa Bay is going to be filled in a very creative way, with Mike Montgomery coming back into the rotation to start tomorrow (Sharma), and then pushing Jon Lester to Wednesday.
The move does several things:
- It ensures that Jake Arrieta’s next start, assuming he’s ready to go, will come in Milwaukee, as hoped/expected.
- It leaves open the possibility that Montgomery can take another turn in Arrieta’s spot if he’s not quite yet ready to go this weekend.
- It matches the Rays up against two lefties, against whom they’ve been terrible this year (88 wRC+).
- It gets Montgomery’s outing out of the way in the first game of the two-game series, leaving open the possibility that he could pitch in relief at some point in the subsequent Brewers series.
- It moves Lester’s next start to the Cardinals series after the Brewers series (arguably a neutral move when you look at the splits).
- It gives Lester an extra day of rest.
- It pushes John Lackey into the Brewers series, and he’s been pitching very well.
All in all, this is a good route to go. I think having Lackey pitch against the Rays on Wednesday would have been fine, too (I like having Montgomery available in the bullpen as much as possible right now). But this is good.