*Confidence Meters do not account for last night's game.
Hallday, Hamels and Lee. Wow. When one of these guys has the ball the needle is pinned all the way to the right on the ol' Confidence Meter. However, Roy Oswalt has been, for a lack of a better interjection, "eh." You know, not that great, but not Omar Daal either. Also, the jury is still out on the 5th starter spot. Can Vance Worley continue to pitch well (for the most part) while Joe Blanton is out? How long will Joe Blanton be out? Do we have to watch Kendrick start any more games? So, there's too much uncertainty between the 5th spot and Oswalt's back to venture too far into the "Carlton" zone, but it's close.
Starter Stock - Getting close to max value.
See Carson's bullpen article just below this post. I got nothing else to add to that.
Bullpen stock - Low risk and steady (except for Baez).
While Carson's confidence is probably close to mine for the Starters and the Bullpen, I know he's not as high on the offense as me. How am I so sure of this? Because he said as much in an email yesterday. And I quote - "Abraham Nunez (bottom). A team full of Bobby Abreu talent with Abraham Nunez like production. Inexcusable."
I guess I'm just in a better mood, because I see an offense that has been sputtering all season but recently has put together a string of games scoring 4+ runs and winning. Their output in the last 11 games is 7,7,4,9,8,5,3,2,5,0 and 10 while winning nine of those games. Are things perfect? No. Is Michael Martinez still here? Yes. But I consider them at least a mediocre offense at this point.
Offense Stock - Rising. Of course, I would say "upwardly mobile," while Carson would say "nowhere to go but up." It's all about perspective, you see...