I am a regular on here. I mainly comment on things, but rarely do I start my own diary (fear of taking on the wrath of BCB regulars).
We have talked all winter about the pitching that we have. We know Z, Lilly and Hill are staples. That is great, but now that Lou has named Hill as our #4, I became very intrigued about the level of pitching that we do possess, and what a top tier pitching staff really is.
I understand what Lou is tryint to do. He wants Righty, Lefty, Righty, Lefty, Righty. That is complately understandable. So now we know that Marshall will not be starting this season. He will not go back to back with Hill at the end of the rotation and Lilly is the other Lefty. So that leaves: Gallagher, Lieber, Dempster, and Hart. Hart will probably be the longman, and Lieber was basically guaranteed a spot in the rotation, so we are down to Marquis and Dempster.
By my account the rotation is Z, Lilly, ??, Hill, and Lieber. Do any of you consider Marquis or Dempster to be a #3? Me either. You cannot put Lieber at #3, he isnt reliable enough and is injury prone. So please tell me who it will be, and based on everyone's vast baseball knowledge, how does that rotation stack up? Personally, I feel that it is above average, and that really is all it takes in the NL.
So let us recap. I want to know if you agree with why assessment of the rotation. Who will be the #3 man come opening day? How does our rotation compare, not only in the NL but MLB?
Thanks ladies and gents.