Who's in our bullpen?
1. Tom Gordon, as I no longer will refer to him as Flash until he recaptures my trust. If healthy, he'll do a fine job locking down wins, but keeping him healthy like like keeping a batch of Sea Monkeys alive.
2. Ryan Madson- shh, he has actually pitched well this spring (1.86 ERA). The man has an excellent change-up, he just needs to be able to change it up with something else.
3. Antonio Alfonseca, aside from his 6 fingers, he really doesn't seem to have much to offer, but bottom line is we need him to perform well because Patty G didn't exactly stock the 'pen this offseason.
4. Gas-Can Geary, he's one of this blog's heroes and will continue to be so as long as he keeps pitching for the Phils.
5. Matt Smith? He's pitched like poop this spring, but he's going to be the lefty out of the 'pen as our relief troop is really more like a smelly diaper.
Questionable- Clay Condrey and Jim Ed Warden.
Sent Packing- Model Dictator Fabio Castro, Eude Brito, and spring success Joe Bisenius (1.80 ERA in 10 IP with only 4 hits surrendered and a 1.00 WHIP).
*It's only spring training (a phrase I've heard one too many times), so I'm not overly concerned with Ryan Howard's struggles. However, Howard is concerned with Howard's struggles, which leads me to be concerned about Howard. Follow?
*My WSBGM's Phantasy League's starting 2nd baseman and buddy Bucco, Freddy Sanchez, is going to start the season on the disabled list due to a collision he suffered trying to turn a double play against the Phils about a month ago.
*Jayson Werth is our backup catcher? Yes, this seems to be the case. Rod Barajas is the starter and with Carlos Ruiz and Chris Coste ailing, that leaves the man who hasn't played in the Majors for the past 2 seasons as the backup. Werth has been seeing time behind the plate during the last week and is getting "readjusted". I think this is an injury waiting to happen.
*Rumors abound- the Pirates are up for trading their entire team, minus Jason Bay. Well, not really, but Ryan Doumit, Shawn Chacon, Humberto Cota, Nate McLouth, and Jose Castillo are all on the trade block.