The Innings Dilemma

The Innings Dilemma

The Padres entered the season with all five starters under age 28 and average age just over 24. While the staff lacks experience it has performed better than most had expected going into the season. This was especially true towards the start of the season while lately the rotation has scuffled. The problem has been that our top two performers Strahm and Paddack have been on innings limits while Lauer, Lucchesi, and Margevicius have been inconsistent.

Results So Far

So far this season Chris Paddack has put up 1.6 fWAR, Joey Lucchesi 1.1, Eric Lauer .9, Matt Strahm .4, and Nick Margevicius -.1. More recent addition Cal Quantrill has added .3 fWAR as well. In total Padre starters have put up 4.1 fWAR good for 19th in the majors. 

Current innings:

Lauer 71.2 IP (133.1 in 2018)

Lucchesi 72.1 IP (136.2 in 2018)

Margevicius 54 IP (135 in 2018)

Paddack 65.2 IP (90 in 2018)

Strahm 63.2 IP (75.2 in 2018)

Quantrill 66.2 (148 in 2018)

With the current state of the rotation it is likely that Paddack will hit his season innings limit (approximately 120-140 innings) before the season concludes. Strahm will likely face similar limitations as he builds up endurance as a full time starter. Margevicius and Quantrill may end up continuing to shuttle up and down from El Paso to keep the staff fresh but conservative estimates for the remainder of the season would be between 75-90 additional innings per slot in the rotation. Looking to the future the starting staff is unlikely to produce enough quality innings as things stand. Fortunately, the Padres have some reinforcements on the way.

Dinelson Lamet

The Padres de facto ace in 2017, Lamet underwent Tommy John surgery in March of 2018. He has started his rehab assignment (up to 30 days) on June 10th and could be back in the rotation by the end of June.

Logan Allen

One of the Padres top prospects entering the season, Allen has had a tougher time in El Paso (5.15 ERA over 57.2 innings) after being the Texas League Pitcher of the Year in 2018. The PCL has been particularly hitter friendly this season which is likely due to the introduction of MLB baseballs.

Moving Forward

These two starters can add some valuable innings as the rotation continues to develop as the season goes on. It will be interesting to see if Andy Green starts to use more unconventional pitcher utilization (the opener or piggybacking) to make up for innings limits and avoid taxing the bullpen. The alternative would be for the Padres to use some prospect capital to bring in a controllable starter. Names bandied about have been Marcus Stroman and Trevor Bauer both of who are under club control until the end of 2020. Other options could include Noah Syndergaard who hit the IL June 16th or Max Scherzer if the Nationals decide to retool after a poor start to 2019.

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I have been following the Padres since my first game in 1996. I grew up in the South Bay and graduated from a local university. I have since moved to the Northeast for work but my passion for My Padres remain. Look forward to watching the Pads as perennial playoff contenders.

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