osforlife wrote:The 25-man roster and several roles are taking place now, and the finalization of things should come after today's semi-exhibition game.
1. Brian Roberts will bat 9th in the lineup, which is where he should hit, but I don't really like anybody else in the leadoff spot. Markakis is a natural #2 hitter IMO & Nate McLouth won't play everyday. I'd consider putting Nolan Reimold in the leadoff role. He takes pitches, has some speed, and should play everyday now that Betemit is injured.
osforlife wrote:2. Brian Matusz will make the team as a reliever. If I was running the show, I'd send Matusz down to AAA to work with Rick Petersen. A quality starter is more valuable than a quality reliever, and Matusz still had potential, as we saw coming out of the bullpen. He will likely be a reliever for the immediate future. We have the starting pitching depth not to need him this year so he'll probably spend the whole year as a reliever. After that, I doubt they'll transition him back to a starter. It is pretty saddening to know that the 4th pick in the 2008 draft will most likely be a reliever going forward.
osforlife wrote:3. Jake Arrieta will start the 4th game of the season. I don't think he deserves it. He was terrible last year, and gets rewarded for a few good outings in March. Matusz, Britton, or Arrieta shouldn't have even been in a situation to earn a rotation spot. DD should have acquired Haren, Marcum, Saunders, SOMEBODY. I'm going to be pissed off if Arrieta is sent down in June with a 5+ ERA.
Old Sneakers wrote:I agree here as well. He doesn't deserve the honor. However at the same time. He outperformed everyone with the possible exception of Steve Johnons whom is injured. He may start the fourth game. Really though he is the fifth starter.
LA Detective wrote:2. Matusz...Has Buck mentioned his role other than making the team? IF not he might go down after Gm 4 when Tilman comes off the DL. Thats what I would like to see. I want to give him till June to see if he can be a starter.
mikezpen wrote:It's not who starts the year w/this team, it's who ends it.If guys aren't cutting it and someone in Norfolk/Bowie is, then he'll be up here sooner or later. You need look no further than last year's rotation where 3 of the 5 who began the season were ultimately replaced.
osforlife wrote:1. Brian Roberts will bat 9th in the lineup, which is where he should hit, but I don't really like anybody else in the leadoff spot.
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