Originally Posted by princeton
we say these things every year-- we grasp at straws in hopes of explaining why our guys won't bite this year. We look at 20 innings by Acevedo, 20 by Wagner. Then they go out and bite as badly as they did before.
bottom line is that a guy or two might improve, but others will get worse.
It's hard to imagine anyone getting worse, based on last year.
Acevedo was near perfect for 20 innings of relief, vindicating those that said he was better suited for relief. It wouldn't surprise me to see Acevedo put up mid-3 ERA in middle, short relief this year.
I don't know what to expect from Wagner, other than if he blows badly like he did early last year, he'll be quickly sent to the minors.
The big difference between 2004 and 2005 is the fact we ahve more options. If someone stinks, we don't have to continually send them out to get hammered. That in itself should give us some improvement.