Originally Posted by Russian Crushin
Dont let their impressive preseason record fool you
You might start out hot but will fade in the long run. Typical BJ season
i don't watch spring training because it means nothing. AA has completely changed the culture of this franchise in a couple of years. drafted well, made solid trades & refused to spend big money on the bullpen. always let the stopgap players on one year contracts walk so they could get extra draft picks. it's a miracle he was able to trade vernon wells contract & he put alex rios on waivers(at time risky with his decent contract & potential)who now sucks, he had evaluated the talent & hired the right coaches. he even gives all the credit to the hitting coach dwayne murphy for helping bautista who he had slotted down as a utility player. murphy made one small adjustment on bautistas swing & 98 hr in 2 years speaks for itself. marcum for lawrie is going to be brilliant. marcum is a solid top 3 starter so there was huge risk but lawrie is 22 oozing with 5 tool potential. corey patterson & dotel( who helped st 'louis win the WS)to the cardinals for colby rasmus who also is oozing with potential power & speed. things are looking really good if we can stay healthy. our only question mark is what we get from bottom 3 starting pitchers. we do have assets to aquire another top of the rotation starter if we need it.