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Cincy's bullpen is FILTHY this year. Three legit closers in the bullpen




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Adam Eaton will be on the DL for approximately six to eight weeks for the Diamondbacks with a badly strained elbow. Cody Ross will apparently be on the 15-day DL to start the year for the Diamondbacks as well. Their first baseman Paul Goldschmidt is complaining of back stiffness.



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Oh yeah Broxton. Gross. Not a fan. If Motte is healthy I like the STL three more as well. But as it is, Motte is hurt. Elbow injuries for pitchers scare me. I prefer the Reds rotation unless, like you said, Miller is ownage. Wainwright is really the only one I like.
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That was weird--my computer wasn't loading this page of comments until now.

My one observation about the leading contenders in either league right now is that Atlanta's starting rotation is extremely suspect. Their outfield is the talk of the town now, but a rotation of Hudson-Maholm-Medlen-Minor-Teheran is, at best, quite questionable. Tim Hudson is likely to be steady and solid as the ace (I'd like to see the Giants sign him to a two-year deal this next winter--while watching Lincecum and Zito both walk--as a bridge to the great, promising arms we have in the low minors right now), but the rest of it is pure blah to a lot of "quietly pray for the best that day."



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Eh, Medlen, Minor, and Teheran have more positive going for them than negative. Yeah they're questions because they are unproven, but all three have pretty good stuff (haven't actually seen Teheran, just going off HYPE). Medlen was incredible once he got the starter gig, and Minor was stellar in the 2nd half last season. Medlen probably can't replicate his amazing run, but even with some regression, he's still pretty damn good.
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Medlen was very good last year, but he also had a lot of good luck with BABIP. I'll concede him, though... I'm not bullish on Maholm or Minor, the latter especially. And Teheran has yet to prove he can pitch at the Major League level, with a host of velocity concerns. The good news for the Braves is that should Teheran falter, they have a couple of potentially strong candidates for the 5th spot in the rotation in Sean Gilmartin and/or J.R. Graham. Still not a rotation that bodes well in my view, especially in an NL East featuring a scary Washington Nationals club spearheaded by the best rotation in the National League. (The Detroit Tigers have the best in the American League.)



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Teheran has been the best pitcher in the winter league and spring training. Looks like he has figured it out. His velocity on his fastball tops out at 93-95 MPH.


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You may be right Deso. Time will tell. I like their starters save Maholm, but I don't know much about him. Of the ones I know about, Minor and Teheran are the biggest question marks, but I think they'll both be pretty good. Let's also not forget they get Brandon Beachy back at some point as well, but yeah he's coming off of TJ, so he might not be the same this season. Braves have a pretty good bullpen too. Overall, they're good for a WC spot. I'm going on the odd year theory with JUp though. I actually like Jason Heyward more than him at this point.
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post #3689 of 3692 (permalink) Old 03-25-2013, 01:46 PM
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Someone should make an Adam Dunn strikeout-o-meter with runners in scoring position. This is coming from a White Sox fan.
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The Milwaukee Brewers and Kyle Lohse are very close on a deal.



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