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Old 01-25-2008, 04:11 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by DomCasual View Post
If Giles starts, plans A, B, and C blew up - a very bad thing. I think the Rockies are hoping against hope that Jayson Nix gets comfortable enough at the plate to justify giving him the job for 120 games a year. He's a Gold Glove quality fielder - his problem has always been his bat. But he started hitting better the last half of last year (at Colorado Springs), then hit like a mad man at the World Cup of Baseball (under pressure against some pretty solid competition). Otherwise, the lineup is pretty well set. I might juggle the batting order a little, though.
Don't get me wrong, I would love to see Nix come in and start, but I look at what Giles has done in the past, and if he can be that same player, I wouldn't mind having him start one bit. At least a bench player IMO.
The batting order, I was thinking of putting Atkins at the 4 hole and moving Helton to 5, but I don't know if I like that a whole lot.

I can't argue with anyone there. Although, if Nix makes the team, it will be at someone's expense. My guess is that the odd man out would be either Giles or Barmes. I'd assume each would have some trade value, and I bet one of them is sent packing at some point in spring training. Corey Sullivan is also in the mix, although I don't see how he's going to fit - especially during the times the team carries 12 pitchers. And Omar Quintanilla can play all three infield positions, and has proved himself to be a solid left-handed bat in late-inning situations. It might not be bad to have Ian Stewart playing every day at Colorado Springs, and replace him with Quintanilla.
My guess is that Ian Stewart won't be there (unless he wins the 2nd Base job). The guys that make it are Ianetta, Smith, Spillborghs, Baker, Quintanilla, and Sullivan.
It definitely seems like Stewart is going to be back in the Springs. We have a lot of depth IMO, and this is what really helped us last year when injuries happened. I am not really worried about our lineup or bench that much.
As for your bench, I don't see 3 OF's making the squad as bench players. I like them all, but one might have to go to add depth elsewhere(such as adding Marcus Giles).

Did you put those in order? Ubaldo should be at 3. Then, I'm not convinced Morales will start the season in Denver. There's also the possibility that he makes the club, but out of the bullpen. That would leave the #5 spot for either Redman or Kip Wells.
I just kinda put Hirsh, Morales and Jimenez in there. I like Morales the best out of the bunch, and I hope he proves that he's worthy of starting in spring training. If Jimenez gets his control down, then I'm all for him bein #3.
I also considered Kip Wells, but don't think he will beat out these guys for a starting rotation spot.

Well, assuming they go with eleven pitchers, you can pretty much assume (barring injury) that Corpas, Fuentes, Vizcaino, and Herges are locks. So, that leaves only two spots among Buchholz, Ramon Ramirez, Speier, Juan Morillo, Capellan, and the two among Morales, Wells, and Redman that don't end up in the rotation. My first choice would be Redman (or Morales, if Redman ends up starting), so Hurdle would have another left-handed option. Then maybe Buchholz or Ramirez (if he could get back to his 2006 self).

That leaves some pretty solid players without spots - especially when you consider guys like Greg Reynolds likely to be ready at some point this year.
The bullpen has some solid depth as well. Not all studs or anything who are lights out, but they will get the job done.
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