with the exception of Morton, Melancon, and Watson, the rest of the staff has been mediocre to awful - and that includes Cole. Even Volquez, who has been very good for the past 4-5 starts, has also had some very bad outings. He just now got his ERA down to the 3.50 range.
We have anywhere from 4-5 pitchers who are not deserving of pitching on this staff - and are hurting the team more than helping it. Liriano, Wilson, Frieri, Pimentel, Gomez, and you can include Worley in that group now that he has come back to Earth. each performance.
The problem is we're pretty much married to most of these guys - sink or swim. I would replace Frieri with Mazzaro now - and I would also consider bringing up Oliver, to replace Worley or Pimentel - regardless if they options or not.
Because of the condition of the pitching staff in general, as well as the abysmal first base situation, this team is in very flawed. Polanco is struggling, and we don't have competent platoon partner for him.
Very disappointing road trip through St Louis and Cincy - 2-5, when we should have gone 4-3 or 5-2.