Nate Robertson, whose big league bubble gum antics in 06 will go down in Tigers history as one of the best team building stories I can remember, continued his success back with the Marlins by blanking the Philadelphia Phillies. He struck out 4, walked 4, and gave up 4 hits in 6 and 2/3.
Just a note on Nate, in my 12 team, NL only auction draft, Nate was my last “fill in” roster add for $1.
I haven’t had that “bubble gum” feeling spring training 07, but then it was quickly shattered in the horrendous start to begin the regular season. I thought maybe something was growing with the couple of come from behind victories to start this season, but after loosing 2/3 to the royals and mariners, well, I am a bit worried.
We will see how this next 4 weeks goes, with series vs. Twins (2) Angles (2), Yankees and Red Sox, with a Ranger and Indians (Fausto Carmona anyone?) series mixed in there. If we end up .500 or better on this 4 week stretch, maybe, just maybe I will pop in a wad of big league chew, for old time sake.
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.
It’s good to see Jeremy Bonderman have
a good start to his spring. His last two years trying to recover from
injury have been dreadful, but he is very positive coming into to camp, and so
far, all reports have been good. Bonderman surrendered no runs on one hit and ended with three
strikeouts. He threw 34 pitches, including 17 for strikes.
Nate Robertson gave up two runs on three hits and issued three walks
in 1 1/3 innings for Detroit, and complained of a “flaw” form the stretch. A flaw is a nice way of sugar coating a
disappointing start. Having a
sneaky feeling Nate won’t be on the roster come opening day.
Ryan Perry also got a look in the 4th, when he came on
to rescue Nate from a bases loaded jam, and he responded with an
inning-ending double play grounder. He stayed in to pitch a scoreless fifth.
Nice stuff, look to Ryan making the team in the bullpen.
Rick Porcello is scheduled to start against the Blue Jays on
Thursday at 1:05 p.m. ET. Detroit also plans on giving innings to Armando
Galarraga, Max Scherzer, Dontrelle Willis and Jose Valverde. Good luck boys.