osforlife wrote:Now we have the worst pitcher in all of baseball last year in our major league rotation.
A_K wrote:Well, as unexcited as I am, I'm still flying to Baltimore from California to be there on opening day, so I guess I should qualify what "unexcited" means for me.
Don wrote:Anyone see the broken record skipping on the turn table? Again, It greatly depends on pitching and the most consistent pitcher is gone, and the only top arm left standing is out until at least June.
The team will live and die based on pitching at every stage. The team will be in a position to maybe maintain some damage in the case of injury. It beats the days of taking someone off the scrap heap in July and hoping that pitcher can give you 5/6 quality innings.
The jury is out on every single starter and all have question to answer.
Chen and Wada can have early success because of the lack of feel from lineups. It depends how good the two can command and control their pitching in tighter strike zones within MLB. Hammel has a sinker in his pocket that went away 5 years ago and has never returned for some reason, he can be effective when he goes heavy fastball. Hunter has the game, but something just needs to click. Arrieta has an impressive arsenal and needs to finally transition into a pitcher over a thrower. The bullpen has power arms and a few guys in AAA that could realistically step into the picture if problems arise.
You hope that Matusz and Tillman can continue that harder work ethic and maintain what they have now, in season.
There is a fighters chance, but it will come down to the wire to hit that mark.