Round ’em Up: Tuesday

25 03 2008

The Boston Red Sox were able to fend off the Oakland A’s this morning in Japan to open up the regular season.  The Brewers haven’t started yet, but I still have a Round ’em Up for you this morning:

  • Tom Haudricourt wrote a blog post wondering the exact same thing as I posted last night.  Is Manny Parra ruining his chance at the starting rotation after his last two outings?   The question seems to be a little more difficult and complex than it first appears to be.  I still think Ned wants a lefty in his rotation, so I think Manny has a spot to start the year.  That may disappear when Yovani Gallardo comes back from the DL, however.
  • Jerry Crasnick from ESPN.com gave a nickname to every major league team.  The Brewers nickname is “Dislocation Station.”  It may just be me, but that does not seem to be a positive thing.
  • Baseball Digest Daily has an NL Central Preview.  They get it right this time though.  Milwaukee gets the nod as the first place team.  That always makes me happy to read.
  • The SportsBubbler takes a look at the NL Central starting rotations.  Its a very interesting article, and it has the top of the Brewers rotation being Yovani Gallardo and Carlos Villanueva.  Color me skeptical, but I do not see Carlos leading the team in innings pitched if he starts the year in Triple-A Nashville.  The author is right though, Dave Bush does have another chance to make a big impression on Ned Yost and Doug Melvin to make a solid contribution to the middle of the rotation.

    It also has an interesting prediction that the most productive top of the rotation will be that of the Pittsburgh Pirates.  I completely agree that Ian Snell may be a stud this season, but Tom Gorzelanny has not proven anything to me yet.  He had a great season last year, but his peripheral stats are a little dangerous.  He may be like Zach Duke from last year and struggle after a successful breakout season.

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