Re: Straight Talk
Regression from Volquez is easily countered by overall better pitching from the #5 spot alone. There is no reason to think Harang from 2008 will repeat, so that's two spots improved. Arroyo has to remain about the same, so the wild card is Cueto.
Can Johnny Cueto progress as a pitcher in 2009. He's got a few things going against him. 1st there is a potential sophomore slump. Can he mature as a pitcher and adjust? 2nd, he's pitching both winter ball and in the WBC. that's a lot of innings. 3rd, and this goes really to mu first point: expectations has he matured enough as a person to handle the increased expectations on him?
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