Sunday, March 30, 2008

Final Roster; Lineup

The roster is set. The lineup is set. The rotation is set. The bullpen is set. The bench is set. No more question marks with the position battles. It's time to get serious.

Cha-Seung Baek
Miguel Batista
Erik Bedard
Sean Green
Felix Hernandez
Mark Lowe
Eric O'Flaherty
J.J. Putz
Ryan Rowland-Smith
Carlos Silva
Jarrod Washburn

Jaime Burke
Kenji Johjima

Adrian Beltre
Yuniesky Betancourt
Willie Bloomquist
Miguel Cairo
Jose Lopez
Richie Sexson
Jose Vidro (DH)

Raul Ibanez
Charlton Jimerson
Mike Morse
Ichiro Suzuki
Brad Wilkerson

Overall, not bad. Solid rotation, and bullpen full of young eager pitchers with JJ Putz, maybe the game's best starter anchoring the pitching staff. The lineup has some question marks. Adrian Beltre will be playing with a torn thumb. His defence should be fine, but can he still put up 25-30 homeruns and 90-100 RBI? Richie Sexson. Can he do it? What will Brad Wilkerson bring? He isn't a Jose Guillen 30-100 guy, but can he produce atleast half of that? Those will be answered soon enough.

McLaren also announced his Opening Day lineup.

Ichiro Suzuki, CF
Jose Lopez, 2B
Raul Ibanez, LF
Richie Sexson, 1B
Adrian Beltre, 3B
Brad Wilkerson, RF
Jose Vidro, DH
Kenji Johjima, C
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS

No problems with this lineup as of yet. Lopez in the number two hole is my only concern, and maybe Sexson and Beltre hitting back to back. Vidro has proved that he can hit in that number two spot fine, but I guess that I've missed something. If Sexson can get going then that will be fine with Beltre hitting behind him, but who else is there in terms of protection?

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