Re: Straight Talk
I'm very hopeful about our pitching staff, but to be more realistic, our getting better than league average means Harang's recovery, Cueto's improvement, Bronson's staying about even, Volquez's not regressing, and solving the dilemma of the fifth starter (lack of which is why we got a lot of last year's suckitude). These are, IMO, too many things to expect to all happen for a league average staff to get good enough to be a contending staff. This is a year for getting Harang back on track, getting needed experience for Cueto and Volquez, getting the fifth starter position solidified, and getting some added value for the other guys currently on the margin--so that the right ones of them can be moved to get other things we need. That gives me a lot of hope for 2009 and a lot to be interested in, but does not persuade me this team has any chance to be a serious contender for the post season.