Sure, "some" pitchers come back from injury. We need three, maybe four. Probably more than that, because there will be other injuries to the starters, just not as severe (hopefully) as this year. Kelly was supposed to have started a throwing problem about eight times since he was pulled from the rotation, it seems like.
What, you, extremely optimistic that one of our prospects will immediately outhit his predecessor? Where did I put my shocked face? I like Gyorko a lot (more at 2b), but If you have to add another player to make up a difference in production, you're not making the team better. You're just treading water.
Even after you eliminate the TJers, we have five recovery candidates to fill out the '13 rotation (Stauffer/Bass/Cashner/Erlin/Kelly) after the incumbents (Volquez/Richard), not to mention possible... more
We had all those candidates to fill out the 2012 rotation, before they were hurt. How many innings can we expect them to throw next season? Is it reasonable to expect Luebke and Bass to provide more... more
I hearya, my main contention was about expecting "zero production" from five guys (not three). I presume that was just hyperbole on your part. Yes, we did project them for 2012, and as you concede, a ... more
I'm a lot more confident predicting that some young pitching could contribute in 2014 than 2013. Next season we need more quality innings than we can get from the guys currently on the DL, majors or... more
They will be signing a veteran starter for around 4-5m like they did after '09 and '10. They didn't do that this previous year due to perceived depth, but all signs point to them hitting that well... more
Is that the hopeful optimist in you peaking his head out of the closet? We all know the teams well documented history of not spending on free agency. Heck, Kuroda could very well get in one year more ... more