Originally Posted by Kc61
Krivsky has done a good job of restocking the bullpen. The pen was obviously terrible early and has had its share of breakdowns (Belisle, Mercker, and now Maj and Guardado). We may not like all his decisions, but he understood the need to restock and has done it pretty well.
Now, in the stretch drive, the team still has needs:
A fifth starter;
A righty hitter off the bench (sorry, Norris), assuming there is room on the roster
Possibly another right handed reliever (is Belisle a real option with all the back problems?)
My guess is Wayne is still not through. Most likely we'll see a new fifth starter. Wonder who.
I think our option is in Ryan Franklin like it or not. He was converted to relief in spring training but like Lohse has a passion to prove he is worthy to start. Also once the rosters expand I'm sure we will see Dumatrait get a start or two.
A name I continue to throw out there is switch hitting Jose Cruz Jr. I feel like i've said that 3-4 time today alone. But we also have Chris Denorfia, Norris Hopper could be used in the roll Hollandsworth is being used in. Also I think Brandon Watson may get a look come September.
Belisle has looked great in his rehab assignment so I think he is able to go another month and a half. And again when the roster expands look to see Gosling, Majewski, Shackelford, and maybe even Elizardo brought up to bolster this staff and also rest some of these tired arms before a playoff push.