Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Finally some answers

The O's are finally making some moves toward their roster and Ali will be glad to hear that Hayden Penn will probably be on it. Trembley announced that David Pauley and Chris Waters are out of the running for a rotation spot and will compete for bullpen spots, although I doubt either of them will make the team. Pauley allowed 24 hits in 11 innings this spring, which suggests that he probably can't get anyone out.

Mark Hendrickson is the only left-hander competing for a spot, so it's safe to say that he'll fall somewhere behind Jeremy Guthrie and Koji Uehara. That leaves Adam Eaton, Brian Bass, and Alfredo Simon to compete with Danys Baez and Penn, who will most likely make the team as relievers even if they fail to earn starting spots.

The backup catcher spot is between Robby Hammock, Chad Moeller, and maybe Guillermo Rodriguez. Matt Wieters, unfortunately, is not going to start the season with the O's. The utility battle is between Chris Gomez and Jolbert Cabrera, which I still think is stupid. I'd rather have Scott Moore anyday.

And Trembley talked about the lineup, which should look something like this

2B Roberts
CF Jones
RF Markakis
1B Huff
3B Mora
DH Scott
C Zaun
SS Izturis
LF Pie

The biggest surprise is Adam Jones batting second and Melvin Mora batting fifth or sixth. Those last three are kind of weak, though. I can't wait for Wieters.

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