projected lineup and rotation (rotochamp)
1. Blackmon 1. Gray
2. LeMahieu 2. Bettis
3. Arenado 3. Chatwood
4. Gonzalez 4. Anderson
5. Desmond 5. Hoffman
Desmond is the only addition to this group, on a team that hasn't had a winning record in 7 years. Is there any hope that this could be their year?
I say yes. The bats are formidable. And Gray and Bettis may be the best 1-2 the Rox have had. Last season the bullpen set high standards for futility, blowing 28 saves with a league worst 5.13 era. But the FiP, and xFiP brought them up to 22nd and 23rd league wise. Here's something I found on the webs (props to chickenfoof) . ..
Estevez had 7 BS he was not ready to be put in that situation but injuries force it.
Ottovino had 5 BS coming back from TJ
McGee had 4 BS injuries caused a loss in velocity
Lyles had 3 BS Yeah whatever
Logan had 3 BS couldn’t get the RH batters out and left the game with runners on base often
with Mike Dunn coming over from the Marlins, Estevez maturing, Ottovino and McGee healthy, I'm seeing improvement. More of it may come from an unlikely source - new manager Bud Black. Always a pitcher never a hurler in his playing days, Black was instrumental as pitching coach for the 2002 Angels in guiding the rotation of Appier, Ortiz, Lackey, and Washburn thru to the title. They say he's a players manager, a communicator. Here's a shot of him from back in the day.
and here's a quote i dug up, attributed to an old chum . .. "“Buddy is just one of those big-hearted people. The stoners, the jocks, the nerds, the kids taking special education, they all loved Buddy Black.”
sound familiar? . . .. . . .. .. . .. Well, he's very popular, Ed. The sportos, the motorheads, geeks, sluts, bloods, wasteoids, dweebies, dickheads — They all adore him. They think he's a righteous dude.
in summation: LA and SF are the faves of course but Kershaw showed he's human last year and the Giants offense looks beatable. The Pads giving away wins shouldn't hurt either. As I type this a friend and my two hunnids are floating somewhere above the bible belt towards Vegas where the oddsmakers are giving 50-1 or more. I like those odds and will be following this team thru at least June . ..