Offseason checklist: 1) Upgrade 3rd base. Done- Wes Helms is better than No-Hit Nunez even if he's not A-Ram. 2) Find protection for Howard. Done- to much people's dismay, Burrell or Utley will bat behind the Blaster Master and not the likes of Carlos Lee or Alfonso Soriano. 3) Sure up the rotation. Done- Moyer stays, and Eaton and workhorse Freddy Garcia are welcomed in. 4) Sort out catching situation. Done- to my dismay Rod Barajas brought in to tutor Carlos Ruiz, while Chris Coste gets the shaft. 5) Land some relief. Incomplete- still in search for some semblance of a set-up man and a relief pitcher that can actually record outs rather than surrender countless hits, walks, and runs.
We need support, much like this over-the-shoulder-boulder-holder does for a set of boobies. Our rotation is deep, solid, experienced, or whatever you want to call it, but it cannot pitch a complete game all the time. The starters should be counted on to average 6-7 innings, meaning we need someone in the bullpen besides Mr. Fragile Flash Gordon. No offense to Ryan Madson, Matt Smith, Antonio Alfonseca, Eude Brito, Clay Condrey, Brian Sanches, and Jim Ed Warden, but they don't necessary inspire confidence. WSBGM's hero- Gas Can Geary is good, but he's far from lights out. Hopefully Gillick still can work some magic and bamboozle from a club a proven set-up for Jon Lieber. To paraphrase Skeeter from yesterday's discussion, "The rest of the organizations will be looking for that last minute prom date, and as ugly as she may be (Lieber) they're willing to give up their dignity (set-up man) in order to get some tail."