The favorable impression Friedrich and White made in San Diego found my long lost optimism just before it jumped off the cliff. Just one game, for sure, but I’m pumped because DOD finds himself in unfamiliar territory—a semblance of competition on the mound. After the trip to San Diego, I think we need to revisit the pitching situation once again.
STARTERS: Guthrie, Friedrich, Nicasio, Pomeranz and White are my choice for the starting rotation. I love the Jamie Moyer story but it’s time to give the younger arms the opportunity. By the time Jorge is ready to come back, we’ll have a better idea about the new bloods.
BULLPEN: Belisel, Betancourt for sure. Reynolds, Roenicke and Torres for the time being. I wish we could trade Esmil (as well as Jhoulys—should have done it in the spring when he had greater worth) but until then he has to stay. I think Brothers needs to go back to AAA and learn to pitch and not just throw. I’d bring Ottavino back up to replace him. I know, we need a left-hander because JT believes in this left/right b.s. so bring up Outman instead of Ottavino.
Let’s find out who can do the job on a consistent basis.