Originally Posted by slavko
Kravec, Wortham, Baumgarten, Trout. White Sox 1979.
I was thinking the same thing. After Barrios went down, that was pretty much the four-man rotation, with spot starters (including Ed Farmer) being worked in along the way and Dotson coming up in September. The four lefties led the team in starts, though. A typical Veeck II year, maybe Veeck's worst considering the forfeit to the Tigers that still looms large in his legend.
There was quite a bit of hype about the potential of the four starters. But in 1983, Trout was pitching for the Cubs, and the other three, along with Farmer, were pitching in the A's minor league system. Wortham had an ERA approaching 7 for the Class A Modesto A's.
New York sports columnist Dick Young scoffed at thte idea of a starting rotation made up of four lefties, writing that the more hitters see lefties, the more they will get used to hitting them. He may have had a point.