We've almost made it to the promised land.
Lynch went down yesterday? Man, so much for starters staying healthy early. With Singer not being built up it just seems real early to have these starter innings problem…to start the season. Or is that fairly normal anymore? It just seems like day 1…you shouldn’t have to go to your bullpen for 5 innings a game. Lol
Drew Waters can go on the 60 day DL too right? That opens one more spot on the 40 man. But I guess it's just a temporary spot. Then Lynch might open another.
Brady Singer Will Be Fine!
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Maikel Garcia at Third and Bobby at Short is going to be one heck of a duo
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I still think they'll go with Franmil and one of Beaty/Duffy, it doesn't really make sense to carry both when you already have Nicky on the roster. JBJ I think only has a shot to play while Waters is hurt, and that chance goes down to almost zero when he comes back. Weiss I feel like doesn't have quite enough of a track record, but Wittgren I feel has a decent chance if they're going to add a third NRI.
There is hope in the unknown... and the way this is developing is keeping us on our toes for sure! I feel like you should do some NCAA type bracket pool for the opening day roster and lineup - c'mon Lesky get to work!
I find this roster crunch quite interesting. There are some tough decisions to be made, not that we’re talking about impact players, but it’s a good problem to have for a team hoping to take a step forward.
I hope the new coaches alone are worth 10 wins but I just don't know. With the exception of Singer this is a bad rotation. I know . Greinke had an Era under 4 last year but I just don't think you can count on a 39 yr old. The problem with Greinke is that he's a 5 inning pitcher at this point in his career. Singer had a winning record because he went farther into the games than any other starter so they didn't have to use as many relievers. This team doesn't have that many dominant relievers. You bring in 4 or 5 different pitchers in a game, especially a close game someone is going to get hit especially with the shift ban. To get away from this problem starters have to go farther in the games. At least 7 innings. If they go 7 then you can get thru the game with maybe 2 relievers. I'm a big believer in the phrase the more moving parts you have the more problems you're going to have. I also don't have a lot of confidence in the starting lineup. I know that spring training doesn't mean much but the last 12 games they are 3 and 9 and look an awful lot like last year's team. Most of the guys that will be on this team have stopped hitting and although some of the pitchers look decent a couple usually get hammered. They don't have anyone in the rotation built up yet and opening day is just a week away. I know that a lot of people were high on the WBC but I was not. All of those young guys should have been in camp. Singer pitched only a few innings in three weeks. He's their best starter and he should be up to 6 inning a game right now. Pasquintino is struggling but he'll bounce back pretty quick. I think Witt needed the most work in camp. He's young and has a lot of holes in his game.
I have to think that they will consider plugging Yarbrough in at least as an opener, especially if the injury is significant. I don’t know if Carlos Hernandez has improved his stuff enough to slot into this as well. Both those guys seem like folks that you probably want to limit to no more than 3-5 inning stints, at least to begin with.
Cant wait to see these decisions! I feel part of the intrigue is we've never really had a forward thinking staff! Sweeney has made me think Barlow, Chapman, Clarke, Coleman, Hernandez, Garrett, Staumont, Yarbrough are in. Also leaves Snider and Lovelady off with options. Not sure what that means for Taylor or Wittgren though. But the bench is very interesting! Franmil is in. I'm really starting to think Jackie makes it initially..Eaton hasn't played much center this spring. That means one of Duffy/Beaty. I think Beaty makes a bit more sense. But Pratto talked very highly of Duffy and how much he's helped him and other young guys with Vern. That really stuck out to me. How they find the spots I have no idea lol. Ready to find out, let's go! Great work as always!
While I hope Lynch recovers quickly, I can't say I am sad to see him out of the rotation. I was kinda hoping they sent him down to work on his command because I just don't think he is starting material right now. I am concerned with how positive he has been about his stuff, but hopefully he sees an approaching corner that he is about to turn. I have a feeling mgmt were going to have to get creative with this rotation pretty soon anyway. Little surprised to see Staumont and Lovelady sent down, but sounds like they will be back soon. I think JBJ and Duffy have to declare today if they opt out, (next chance May1) so maybe that means more news coming soon.