If there is anyone out there in cyberland reading me, please feel free to join me in my prediction crap-shoot. I will start with my view on the rotation. With 21 days left till opening day, I still reserve the right to change this at any time. Please comment with your predictions too, if you are actually reading this.
1. Justin Verlander
2. Rick Porcello
Ok, that was a no brainer.
Not exactly a formidable 3,4,5, but Willis has looked like his old self, minus painful to watch leg kick and look to center field for inspiration windup, with good control, something he lacked wildly last year, pun REALLY intended. I am not happy with Scherzer’s mechanics, or so I have heard. The couple of innings I watched of him vs the Mets on Saturday where impressive to say the least.
Robertson will be fine in the bullpen, and he may return to the rotation once Bonderman goes down hurt (I predict late April after having a 2-0 start, he will fumble through 2 blowouts then spend the rest of year on/off DL). So Nate, Galaraga, Perry, whose perfect spring was knocked over the fence 3 times on Saturday, although the message boards said he was working on a change-up, and Bonine to the bull pen? Seems to me someone is heading to Toledo.
Coke is a nice option, but I would rather have his solid arm in the bullpen to avenge our 24 blown saves opportunities of last year, 2nd worst only to Seattle, and 64% save percentage. Plus I foresee some 2nd half starts for him too to cover injuries.
Believe the hype, really, Strasburg looked good the
other day in his debut vs the tigers, BUT, a big but here, who was opposite him
on the mound, and nary a word from the media, that’s right, local Jersey boy veteran
Rick Porcello. Yes, I said VETRAN.
Porcello is 5 months YOUNGER than Strasburg, and has 31 MAJOR LEAGUE starts
under his belt already. He has
thrown 5 innings thus far this spring, and only given up 2 hits. No runs. That’s fine, lets keep it quiet about
our boy wonder, let him work his way to stardom, vice being a star before
throwing a pitch.