OK, guys, I'm jumping in with 2 cents worth on the pitching. I watched Doubie a couple nights ago and he was frustrating like last year when he would get off track, "nibble" as Moon says, and throw two or three walks in a row. However, back in the day, the 60's, they used to say that pitchers weren't ready for the big show until they'd done 5-7 years in the minors. I'm for staying patient with Douby. I think he's fine now for a 4/5 starter and can improve.
Next, I've supported Aceves here but I'm losing patience with him. Maybe he's a long reliever only, maybe he's injured, or maybe like others say he's just nuts. But he just seems to be alarmingly off track and I hate us to give up games. I get having a bad game once in a while, but what's with the balks? Seems like a vet pitcher should be beyond that. I would be much more comfortable with Taz or Webster in that role, and I guess I would prefer Webster who's already stretched out and was successful in ST and his first start. After Bard, I'm not in favor of changing guys' roles once the seaston starts. If Taz is doing well now, let's keep him there. (I don't however think every pitcher is like Bard and will implode on changing roles. Taz's makeup may be different and I think he could be a starter in the future.)
Well, my boy Wright didn't do so well last night. I don't just crow when I'm right about something. Oh Moon, Eric Chavez whom I recommended a couple of years ago for us to pick up as back up infielder, DH, PH, etc. and then went on to play great for the NYY--he's having another good year for Arizona. He's the type guy who probably can't play full time, bad back, but has some good skills and veteran leadership for a team.
I would love to go to a game in Portland this summer! Maybe some other guys will be around.