It's also my case for keeping him. He's just average. Not bad. Not what we're accustomed to. But overall average. That's entirely fine this year.
The argument that he is just good enough to win games because the rest of our team is awesome is true. But I suppose that is also the argument for giving Padilla a try...the D and ST can cover up his inevitable rookie mistakes, and if he has a higher ceiling than Petras, there would be a long-term benefit.
That reasoning makes sense in a vacuum, but there are 2 big issues in reality:
1) How does such a decision affect the chemistry of the team? You could also ask the converse: how does sticking with a struggling Petras affect the chemistry?
2) Do we have any reason to believe that Padilla has a higher ceiling?
They next two games are pretty interesting. I think Petras needs to be asked to make plays with his arm, and if he can't, someone else needs a chance at it. I am hoping Petras steps up and gets into a groove, but more than anything I just hope they find the best guy to win games.