This article is part of our Mound Musings series.
Mound Musings is all about interaction. I appreciate the questions, and discussing whether this guy or that guy is the best pitcher to have on a roster is what it's all about. That said, over the past couple of years, Life, the Universe and Everything, has gradually become a semi-regular part of Mound Musings. As we try to answer the ultimate question, I'll occasionally dedicate this space to elaborating on questions from you, the readers, and rambling commentary from me on the state of the game. So, without further ado, let's go:
When is enough, enough?
I have been predicting stormy weather on the pitching front for quite some time. Injuries and innings are piling up at unprecedented rates, and while fantasy owners might wonder why a team added so much extra depth, we are seeing that pitching depth is mandatory for this part of the season. If you want to win it all, you better have extra arms.
The best example I can come up with is the Dodgers. This spring, everyone wanted to know what they would do with all that starting pitching. As we approach the end of August and the September push, Walker Buehler might be the favorite for the NL Cy Young award, but lefty Clayton Kershaw is hurt and may not start when/if he returns; Dustin May is out for the season; Trevor Bauer is out of the picture indefinitely; swingman Tony Gonsolin has been banged up and hasn't ever gotten into a groove;