The Colorado Rockies Should Not Be Starting Yohan Flande Or Gonzalez Germen

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Apr 12, 2014; Anaheim, CA, USA; New York Mets J. Lannan (32) celebrates with catcher A. Recker (left) after defeating the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

The Bottom Line

The bottom line is this: Laffey’s nothing special, Gray probably once again isn’t ready, and with Flande and Germen clearly not the right fit for the starting rotation on such short notice, it’d be best to bring up John Lannan and let him do work for the Colorado Rockies.

As I’d written about before, Lannan is having a pretty good season in AAA Albuquerque. No, he isn’t going to make any All-League Teams, but he doesn’t have to be that for the Colorado Rockies to be a successful (temporary) fifth starter.

Lannan has started 148 big league games for the Nationals and Mets. He’s had questionable numbers at various points, but all things considered, he really has been a decent big league starter.

It’s probably time to give him a shot in the big leagues with the Colorado Rockies — even if only for one or two turns through the rotation — as opposed to (a) rushing Gray, (b) suffering with Laffey, or (c) trying to fit Flande or Germen into roles that don’t suit their strengths.

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