- Feb 9, 2011
- Reaction score
The starting rotation is better than it's been in a long time, yes. The lineup certainly isn't. Hopefully they get Polanco and Kiriloff back soon. If so I like their chances in the division.
None of that means we have to pretend the staff ace taking shots at the manager / front office a couple days before opening day is a good thing.
I didn't read Gray's quote as taking shots at the manager. If you read his quote, it seems to be addressed at some of the starting pitchers on last year's team. and you can guess who he's talking about - Archer, Bundy, maybe Smeltzer.
I read this as Gray saying this year's rotation has a different mindset.
having said that, it will be very interesting to track how Rocco handles the starters. I suspect that Gray, Lopez and Ryan will be allowed to pitch deeper into games. Mahle and Maeda are both coming off injuries, so I suspect that Rocco will be more careful with them for at least their first few starts.