Gardner had two good outings out of the pen this past weekend that drew positive reviews from Penders in the postgame interviews. If Gardner keeps that up he will be pitching a lot more, whether it is as a starter or out of the pen.This isn't that hard. Last year, Gardner as a weekend starter went 4-2 and pitched to a 4.00 ERA. Averaging 4 2/3 inning per game. That is so, so, so far above what we've gotten from anyone other than Kersten and Mason this year that the switch has to be made. Especially as we don't seem reliant on him in the bullpen anyway, and Wurster seems as if he may be competent to be the left compliment to Wally and CJ.
We need 5 starters next week. I'm sure Haus will get another one, as his batting average against is much better than his ERA, but that's a good predictor this early in the season when ERAs fluctuate wildly. I'm sure Dunlop will get another shot, as he was going to be the #4 this week and we need 5 next week, and since he didn't pitch he didn't lose ground. I think the question right now is how long they go with Simeone, and if not who else is getting a shot.
We may not get to a clear #4 this year. We may spend all season with guys using the New England games to audition. But we have to get to a #3 and if it were me Gardner would get a start next week. If you want to save him for UVA, so he can go Friday or Saturday against MSU, that's fine.
I like the points you make about Haus, so that reinforces my thought that he will get a starting spot this weekend.