Most of us are pretty interested in the conversation surrounding a potential Derek Lowe trade. I've been wondering how durable our staff would be without him, but my attempts at an answer only come from what I've picked up on TC these last couple years. Because I figure I'm not the only one who could benefit by a directed conversation about this, I thought I'd pose some direct questions. Maybe those who have some knowledge can help increase our (my) fan intelligence.
I am remembering last year, how brilliant the Padre's young pitching was all season until the young guns ran out of bullets. The thing is, I know we have lots of arms, but everyone on the depth chart is young (unless the starts C. Mart has been making in AAA are a direct response to the concern I'm about to snap into words). We are hoping to average 200 innings from Hanson, Hudson and JJ--Lowe would have probably been there as well. That means we are expecting Beachy and Teheran (or Minor) to pitch through to the end of the season. Can they? Are there creative moves we can make so that it's possible?
If we traded Lowe, what would the scenario be? Could Teheran finish the season as a full time starter? Minor couldn't last year. Can he this year? Would C Mart and his rubber arm be starting the last games for these guys when they run out of gas? Could we extend the days off for Teheran while Minor is in the rotation--so that he would be able to step up when Minor begins to fatigue? With one rookie in the rotation I don't think it's a big deal. With two (especially considering how young Teheran is), would we have to make some creative adjustments?
How do yall think about this?