Re: Miller Time
posted at 3/7/2012 4:36 AM EST
In Response to Re: Miller Time
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Miller Time : Good post Bean....his saving grace may be that he has no Options left.....and if his spring is good, but not great, the Sox may not want to lose him. Assuming Bobby V wants to carry 12 pitchers, there are 9 that would seem to be set. Beckett, Lester, Buchholz, Bard, Aceves, Bailey, Melancon, Albers and Morales....that leaves 3 spots. Not considering who is in the rotation and who is in the Bullpen....and forget all the DL guys for now also.....Miller, Doubront, Bowden are guys on the 40 man Roster out of Options....and if they don't make the team they will never clear waivers....Non Roster guys that I guess would be in the mix are Atchison, Cook, Ohlendorf, Padilla and Silva. I wouldnt be surprised if Bard gets the 4 spot and Miller or Doubront wins the 5th spot, that the last 2 bullpen roles could go to Bowden and Miller/Doubront, as to not lose them.....if a Silva/Padilla/Cook happens to win a rotation spot, then at least one of them is gone....I am sure the Sox would try and pull off a minor trade rather than expose them to waivers. I have a gut feeling Doubront wins the 5th spot in the rotation.....Miller gets a chance to see if he can fill a 6th inning, 7th inning role and Bowden gets a shot at the long role. That way you add a second lefty to the rotation and to the Pen.
Posted by tomnev[/QUOTE]
I think we're close in terms of how we see the staff taking shape. The pending return of Matsusaka will also be part of the big picture plan. Who when ready will likely bump one of the above from the rotation. Based on reports that he might be ready to go by July 1st or sooner? All the Sox have to do is cobble the rotation together and get 15 or so starts out of the 5th spot assuming Beckett, Lester, Buccholz and Bard all stay healthy with the caviat of Bard's workload also has to be facotored into the plan as well.
Here's my breakdown if we broke camp today...Rotation;
Lester, Beckett, Buccholz, Bard & Miller or Doubront Pen;
Bailey, Melancon, Aceves
, Morales, Albers, Bowden & Miller or Dobrount.On the bubble;
Padilla & Cook DL;
If as you suggest that they look to move Bowden or Miller then I could see a spot opening up for Padilla or Cook. Whichever one has the best showing this spring. Cook's resume and reputation in my mind gives him a leg up on the erratic and tempermental Padilla who has a sorid history of off and on field behavoral issues. They could also have a change of heart with Bard, opening up two slots in the rotation? Though I don't think that changes the names? It would give both Miller & Doubront and or one of the above veterans a path to being part of the opening day rotation. Aceves is also in the mix, but his value lies in his ability to pitch out of the pen and give them both quanitity and quality innings a a set-up guy.
Time will tell....