What’s in store for JJ?
He has looked like the good JJ for innings here or there, only to start grooving pitches the next inning, so I believe there’s hope. There’s also reason for concern.
Mark Bradley writes that if Jurrjens continues to fail, there is no fall back. I’m not sure I agree. Hanson looks like he’ll be fine. It’s mighty early, but Minor, Beachy and Delgado have been OK. I think in coming weeks they are going to all be pretty good. So let’s say over the next three starts, JJ keeps scuffling, while Delgado keeps giving the team a chance to win, pitching 5-6 decent innings. Huddy’s coming back in two to three weeks.
Do you automatically send Delgado up I-85? I’m not sure. Maybe you send JJ to the bullpen and call a cab and send Durbin to Hartsfield-Jackson. A rotation of Huddy, Hanson, Beachy, Minor and Delgado, with this offense if it keeps clicking, and this bullpen is a formidable club. Keep in mind, too, that Teheran, who devoured the AAA International League last season, appears to be regaining his form. Ideally, of course, JJ bounces back and we have an excess of quality pitching. And maybe FW has a chip to move for whatever the club needs in July, assuming Liberty lets him spend a few bucks.
Even if JJ continues to sputter, I think this team could be alright.