I am actually concerned about the third, fourth and fifth starters. Right now CC is number 3. 4 and 5 is a crap shoot. No one really standing out except maybe Mitchell. Severino is incomsistent, Cessa is mediocre at best and Warren IMO belongs in the pen. Said all along rotation was a concern.
based on last year I see it like,
Last year CC pitched really good, no reason to think he wont do the same only a year older and his knee was cleaned out in the off season in minor surgery. CC never pitches good In spring nothing to get alarmed at yet. Pineda has had a good spring so far except for his last start lets see how he does in his last spring start that should be telling indeed. Something to remember about Pineda Its his walk year you would think he would try to pitch good this year to get his big pay day? we will see. Tanaka was great last year an ace pitcher!
did Severino actually pitch enough innings to qualify as a rookie in 2015? I would think not so he is going into his Sophomore year a little early to give up on him dont you think?
I have no problems with CC being a 4/5 at this stage. Not a 2. As for Pineda, do you think he has tried not to pitch good? Sure he can be lights out one inning or one start but his consistency stinks. No one has given up on Severino but what we have seen this Spring is exactly what we saw last year. Unless he somehow turns it around he is destined for the minors. So again moving CC down to 2 weakens the front end of the rotation and right now the 4/5 slots are TBD. Not the way you want to enter the season. Maybe Montgomery will be a surprise but right now picking between Cessa, Severino, Green and Mitchell is not something to get excited about.