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ESPN is projecting that Beckett will start against Ortiz on Friday when the Marlins play the Braves in Atlanta. This would normally be Oliver's turn.

 

Does anyone know if this has been decided? Would McKeon skip Oliver so he could get his ace in the game? This would effectively be going to a four man rotation on weeks when there is a rest day.

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I wouldn't do it. It doesn't really buy you that much. You're just flip-flopping Beckett and Oliver. Beckett would start Friday and then Oliver would have to go Saturday anyways because Penny won't be ready to go until Sunday. So you would've split up Beckett and Penny. You can make the argument that you want a different type of pitcher between the two hard throwing righties, but if they'd wanted to do that, they'd have done it to open the season.

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