Brian Tallet: Rotation Or Pen?
Should Brian Tallet be in the Blue Jays starting rotation or in the bullpen to provide relief for our starters? Many of us believe Tallet is not a starter and is best suited in the bullpen. But, then there is the few Jays fans and even Cito Gaston who think Tallet should stay in the rotation.
Personally, I believe Tallet should be outrighted to the pen. He is a great long reliever who could pitch 2 or 3 shutout innings out of the pen when our starters struggle. Right now the starters have not been struggling, it’s the bullpen and the likes of Gregg and Frasor bringing the pen down. The late inning guys. But look out Brian; don’t look over your shoulder because some guy named Kyle Drabek is chasing you out of the starting rotation and into the bullpen. Tallet is best when he faces the lineup the 1st time and would be doing that out in the pen. If Cito leaves him in too late into the 6th or 7th inning he gets lit up as the hitters make adjustments.
Tallet was injured early in the season. That is why you haven’t seen much of him this year because he has only made 4 starts. He is 1-1 on the season. In those starts he averages 5.2 innings a game. Not a great innings per start ratio. Brian has a SO/9innings ratio of 6.2 per nine innings. Not a good strikeouts per 9 innings ratio. His ERA sits at 4.63 through 4 starts which is around the average. Another thing Tallet lacks this season is control. He has a strikeouts per walk of a bad 1.78 which is under the league average. His BAA suggests he is having a great season and is at a good .231. Overall, Tallet has had a less than stellar season with inconsistency and the injury bug that bit him early in the season.
The Blue Jays have stated that they are in a rebuild mode. They have not played like it, but they are expected to slow down the pace a bit in June when they face the Beasts of the East and go back to the expectations of .500 ball. Brian Tallet is not a part of the Jays future rotation anymore than Dana Eveland was. The Jays will not want a 34 year old pitcher in their starting rotation when they are contenders. With the likes of Rzepczynski, Litsch, Mills, Drabek, Cecil and Morrow as future starters, the Jays are in a youth movement.
So with so many young pitchers to choose from, there is no room for Brian Tallet. He does provide much needed experience but he just cannot win the Jays games on a consistent basis. He is stealing innings from pitchers like Drabek and Mills who should be getting experience this year to compete 1-2 years down the road. This has showed as a good move by the Jays last year, getting Romero and Cecil big league innings so they know what it is like this year. And that is why they are pitching great. I believe we should bring up Brad Mills or even Robert Ray to see a glimpse of our future. . Tallet could improve the pen greatly as he is a stellar middle reliever. Trust me, they need him in their.
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