Re: A Realistic View at 2013: Part II
posted at 4/24/2013 8:45 AM EDT
Moon, I hear what you are saying about Tazawa and I actually think he has a better shot now as a starter than he did earlier. He came back well from TJ surgury. He controls the game well and has several pitches he can get over the plate. He knows how to pitch and has composure. If needed we could slot him as a starter but at this point I would just keep him as a solid reliever and count on him all year in that slot.
For starter depth we do have:
Btw, I think all these guys will have decent years. Some even great years.
I do not agree. There is only a slim chance all 5 have decent and healthy years.
Morales: He may not start one game this year.
Webster I like this kid a lot and think he should be in the rotation right now, but if we want to win it all this year, it's a gamble.
RDLR I do not think he's ready yet- maybe later this year, but more likely next year is his target date.
Aceves He's having a hard time this year, but could turn it around.
That is decent depth. A lot more than most teams have. Morales, Webster, RDLR, Aceves is a lot of starter depth in itself. And the pen is real solid. All of the above guys will have some mlb level experience.
Tazawa is better than all of these guys and has a good chance to be better than Dempster, Lackey and Doubront.
Teams inevitably need an extra starter or 2 every year but I have no problem with the depth we have. Morales, Webster and RDLR all may well end up as good as some of our current starters. And I'm actually confident in what Lackey is going to give us. He appears healthy and when he was healthy he had a proven track record.
Our starter depth is good, but Taz is better.