Trouble brewing for Revs’ rotation?

Although the turnaround of the York Revolution offense has been a key part of the Revs’ recent hot streak, you can’t overlook the importance of the Revs’ starting pitching lately.

Rolando Viera was just the latest starter to come up big for York in Sunday’s 3-2 win. And a team doesn’t win nine of 10 games without getting some quality innings out of the starting rotation. In the last 17 games, York’s starters own a 9-4 record and a collective 4.00 ERA. Both numbers are very solid for the Atlantic League.

But even with York’s recent string of quality starts, the need for another starting pitcher is a glaring weakness on the Revolution roster.

Aaron Rakers (9-6, 4.35 ERA), the Atlantic League Pitcher of the Month for July, is scheduled to start Tuesday night against Southern Maryland’s Brad Whitworth (1-1, 3.52 ERA). But Rakers (pictured) has been battling soreness in his throwing arm since a complete-game win against Newark on Aug. 6. He’s also thrown 113 2/3 innings this year, which is 23 innings more than Rakers’ previous career high (90 2/3).

There’s also the matter of starter Dave Gil. Gil has battled biceps tendinitis all season and could miss one start after coming out of his outing last Thursday after only 2 2/3 innings. Gil has looked great at times since he re-joined the Revs in late May, but his health is a large question mark at this point.

And there’s also a cloud of uncertainty hanging over Wayne Franklin. The Revolution’s career leader in wins delivered a fine start Aug. 11 (6 2/3 innings, three earned runs) but his numbers as a starter this year have been alarming. Franklin is 6-5 with a 6.48 ERA in the rotation. Conversely, he owns a 3.27 ERA in 11 innings out of the bullpen.

Corey Thurman, Dan Foli and Viera seem to be reliable starting options right now. And Rakers could return to form Tuesday after a bit of rest and a couple of bullpen appearances.

But the history of the Atlantic League tells us the teams that acquire quality starting pitching late in the season usually have the best success down the stretch.

Now it’s up to the Revolution to find that pitcher.


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