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Rotation Picks

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I started the last entry
with my preseason playoff picks, but now it is time for something a little more
hardcore.

 

Below are
my picks, not predictions, for each big league team’s 2009 starting
rotation. 

 

Toronto
  1. Roy Halladay
  2. Jesse Litsch
  3. David Purcey

  4. Casey Janssen
  1. Bryan Bullington

 

Baltimore
  1. Jeremy Guthrie
  2. Koji Uehara
  3. Rich Hill
  4. Radhames Liz
  5. David Pauley

 

Tampa Bay
  1. Scott Kazmir
  2. James Shields
  3. Matt Garza
  4. Andy Sonnanstine
  5. Jeff Neimann

 

Boston
  1. Josh Beckett
  2. Jon Lester
  3. Daisuke Matsuzaka
  4. Tim Wakefield
  5. Clay Buchholz

 

New York
  1. CC Sabathia
  2. Chien-Ming Wang
  3. A.J. Burnett
  4. Andy Pettitte
  5. Joba Chamberlain

 

Cleveland
  1. Cliff Lee
  2. Fausto Carmona
  3. Anthony Reyes
  4. Aaron Laffey
  5. Jeremy Sowers

 

Kansas City
  1. Zack Greinke
  2. Gil Meche
  3. Kyle Davies
  4. Luke Hochevar
  5. Brian Bannister

 

Detroit
  1. Jeremy Bonderman
  2. Justin Verlander
  3. Armando Galarraga
  4. Edwin Jackson
  5. Chris Lambert

 

Minnesota

  1. Scott Baker
  2. Kevin Slowey
  3. Francisco Liriano
  4. Kevin Blackburn
  5. Glen Perkins

 

Chicago

  1. Mark Buehrle
  2. John Danks
  3. Gavin Floyd
  4. Jose Contreras
  5. Clayton Richard

 

Los Angeles
  1. John Lackey
  2. Ervin Santana
  3. Joe Saunders
  4. Jered Weaver
  5. Anthony Ortega


Oakland
  1. Justin Duchscherer
  2. Dana Eveland
  3. Dallas Braden
  4. Sean Gallagher
  5. Gio Gonzalez

 

Seattle
  1. Felix Hernandez
  2. Eric Bedard
  3. Jarrod Washburn
  4. Garrett Olson
  5. Ryan Rowland-Smith

 

Texas
  1. Kevin Millwood
  2. Vicente Padilla
  3. Brandon McCarthy
  4. Matt Harrison
  5. Doug Mathis

 

Atlanta
  1. Derek Lowe
  2. Jair Jurrjens
  3. Javier Vasquez
  4. Kenshin Kawakami
  5. Jo-Jo Reyes

 

Florida
  1. Josh Johnson
  2. Ricky Nolasco
  3. Chris Volstad
  4. Anibal Sanchez
  5. Andrew Miller

 

New York
  1. Johan Santana
  2. John Maine
  3. Mike Pelfrey
  4. Oliver Perez
  5. Tim Redding

 

Philadelphia
  1. Cole Hamels
  2. Brett Myers
  3. Jamie Moyer
  4. Joe Blanton
  5. J.A. Happ

 

Washington
  1. John Lannan
  2. Scott Olsen
  3. Shawn Hill
  4. Collin Balester
  5. Shairon Martis

 

Houston
  1. Roy Oswalt
  2. Wandy Rodriguez
  3. Mike Hampton
  4. Brian Moehler
  5. Brandon Backe

 

Milwaukee
  1. Yovani Gallardo
  2. Dave Bush
  3. Braden Looper
  4. Manny Parra
  5. Jeff Suppan

 

St. Louis
  1. Adam Wainwright
  2. Kyle Lohse
  3. Chris Carpenter
  4. Todd Wellemeyer
  5. Mitchell Boggs

 

Chicago
  1. Carlos Zambrano
  2. Ryan Dempster
  3. Rich Harden
  4. Ted Lilly
  5. Sean Marshall

 

Pittsburgh
  1. Paul Maholm
  2. Ian Snell
  3. Tom Gorzelanny
  4. Zach Duke
  5. Jeff Karstens

 

Cincinnati
  1. Edinson Volquez
  2. Aaron Harang
  3. Johnny Cueto
  4. Bronson Arroyo
  5. Homer Bailey

 

Arizona
  1. Brandon Webb
  2. Danny Haren
  3. Doug Davis
  4. Max Scherzer
  5. Jon Garland

 

Los Angeles
  1. Chad Billingsley
  2. Hiroki Kuroda
  3. Clayton Kershaw
  4. Randy Wolf
  5. James McDonald

 

San Francisco
  1. Tim Lincecum
  2. Matt Cain
  3. Barry Zito
  4. Randy Johnson
  5. Jonathan Sanchez

 

San Diego
  1. Jake Peavy
  2. Chris Young
  3. Josh Geer
  4. Cha Seung Baek
  5. Chad Reineke

 

Colorado
  1. Aaron Cook
  2. Ubaldo Jimenez
  3. Jason Marquis
  4. Greg Smith
  5. Jason Hirsh

 

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After making these lists
and seeing this
thread, I’ve been inspired to decide which rotation I think is the best.  As I’ve said earlier, I think Cleveland has
the best starting pitching depth, but as far as the most effective starting
five goes, I’ll have to take the Yankees. 
No one in the MLB can match Sabathia, Wang, Burnett, Pettitte, and
Chamberlain.  Plus New York has a bunch
of depth with Phil Hughes, Ian Kennedy, Alfredo Aceves, Humberto Sanchez, Kei
Igawa all in Triple-A presumably.  The
best National League rotation is, in my opinion, the Chicago Cubs.  Of course, that all depends on how healthy
Rich Harden can stay.

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And as for the worst…I’d
pick the Astros.  Sure, the Jays or
Pirates may have worse team pitching statistics in 2009, but Houston has
absolutely no depth and a weak collection of pitching prospects (and position
prospects for that matter).

 

As always, let me know
what you think.  In my next entry I’ll
continue my pre-season predictions/picks with giving my personal predictions
for all the major awards.

“We Are One” Concert

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On
Saturday morning, I stumbled across this
article on how Astros reliever LaTroy Hawkins was coming to the District for the
inauguration.  So naturally, I had to
go.  The mission was simple: find LaTroy
Hawkins, while simultaneously attempting to come as close as possible to the
Lincoln Memorial, where the We Are One concert was being held.

 

The
Capitol was getting decked out:

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People
were coming from every which way:

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But
I didn’t truly appreciate the massive number of people until I reached the
Washington Monument and saw the sea of people:

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By climbing over chains, squeezing past people, and taking an extremely indirect
route, I finally made it to the best location I was going to stand in that
day.  And this is how far away it twas:

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This
was the view behind me, facing the Washington Monument:

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A LOT of people.  That’s all there was
to it:

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I
can only describe what it was like walking through 17th Street in
one word:

Sardines

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Yep, sardines (the picture
below DOES NOT, I repeat DOES NOT do the situation justice):

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Minutes after the concert ended, enter claustrophobia

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The
White House on its third-to-last day of infestation:

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I
stopped by the Newseum and took some pics:
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What’s the big deal with Hank Aaron’s number?

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The First Amendment from
below:

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Canada being Canada:

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Celebrating their new
neighbor:

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And that’s about it…

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I’m going to the
Inauguration tomorrow (or technically today) and will probably take better
photos this time around.  Although the
chances of seeing LaTroy Hawkins are about as good as the Nationals winning
the pennant next year, I’ll still have my eyes wide open.  But even if LaTroy eludes me, it will be a
fine day (figuratively
speaking
):

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Sherrill Must Go

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      The
Orioles need to trade George Sherrill now! 
I respect Andy MacPhail and what he has done so far as GM, but the
Orioles have a reliever who is as the top of his career, and ultimate peak of
trade value. 

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Sherrill was impressive in
the AS game and has proven he is capable of closing.  But Sherrill(pictured) is 31 years old, and by the time the Orioles are at
a championship level will be way past his prime.   I think 2013 is the absolute earliest the Orioles could plan for
winning the World Series.   If that prediction
is right, then Sherrill will be 36 years old. 
The Orioles need to trade him at this year’s deadline.  Why not wait until next year?  Because the Orioles will not be good next
year either, and every year Sherrill gets older his value will go down.  I know the Orioles have a currently unstable
bullpen, but they have some nice future pieces like Randor Bierd, Lance
Cormier, Jim Hoey, Cory Doyne, Jim Johnson, Dennis Sarfate, Matt Albers, Chris
Ray, and Bob McCrory. 

 

     Chris
Ray, of course is the future closer, while Doyne was named Closer of the Year in
the International League (AAA).  Sarfate
will be a good set-up man for years to come and Bierd has been a nice Rule 5
surprise. 

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Lance Cormier has broken out
in Baltimore as reliever, and the same thing can be said about Matt
Albers.   Hoey just needs consistency
and he will be dominant.  Jim Johnson
has been the best reliever this year for the O’s, while McCrory is mowing them down
in Norfolk.   Fernando Cabrera(pictured) is a big
question mark.  He was the
Indians future closer at one time, but has struggled for the past two
years.  He’s doing a fine job in
Baltimore so far and has the chance to post a huge comeback season.  It’s weird to say that a 26 year old could have a comeback season, but it certainly would apply to Cabrera.

 

    

Sherrill should go to any team that could use bullpen
help like the Brewers, Cardinals, Angels, Twins, and even Yankees or Mets.  The Orioles could, and should ask for some
prospects in return.  I don’t care what
position the minor leaguers play because the Orioles need help everywhere.  They could trade Brian Roberts in the
future, so second base depth will be important if that occurs.  The only areas I would shy away from, is the
outfield (Adam Jones, Nolan Reimold, Luke Scott, Nick Markakis), and catcher
(Wieters).  Any infield players, or
starting pitchers should be the main targets for the O’s.

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In
other news….

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    • Outman is starting games again
      in Midland!  The A’s are seeing clearly
      now.  Maybe some Oakland official read
      this blog.   Or maybe they just don’t care
      about what the Phillies think.

     

    • Adam Loewen and Brian Bogusevic
      are both abandoning pitching and becoming a first baseman and outfielder,
      respectively.  Boy, the Orioles just
      can’t catch a break.  Bogusevic, on the
      other hand, has the opportunity to contribute something to the Astros.  He was a bust as a pitcher, being drafted in
      the first round in 2005. 
      They could
      have drafted guys like Matt Garza, Clay Buchholz, Colby Rasmus, or Michael
      Bowden.  The chance of Bogusevic ever
      being as good as any of those players is still extremely slim.  They are trying the exact opposite of what
      Matt Bush(pictured) is attempting. 
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      know about Bush already, he was the first overall pick in 2004.  He never did squat in the minors, and at the
      end of last season he switched to pitching. 
      He only pitched in 7.2 innings with a 1.17 ERA, before getting
      injured.  He had TJS, and will be out
      all of this season likely.  Of the 7
      games he appeared in, six of them were in rookie ball.  His last outing was in A-ball.   By the way, isn’t it weird that Bush had a
      brother named Jeremy, while so does Tim Beckham.  Both were high school shortstops drafted first overall.  Jeremy (17th round), Tim’s
      brother has already been promoted to A- before his bro.  Tim has .247 OBP with no homers in 23 games
      for Princeton (R).   In Tim’s defense,
      Jeremy was drafted out of college.

     

    • By
      the way, the Randy Wolf for Chad Reineke deal makes no sense at all for the
      Astros.   Does Ed Wade actually believe
      the Astros could make the playoffs?  Not
      that Reineke is anything special, but I’m starting to think that Wade makes
      trades just for the heck of it.

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