I don't think much of Buehrle. He just doesn't strike out enough batters. Very few pitchers can be successful striking out less than 5 per 9 innings. I think his ERA and WHIP will go up again this year, continuing a 3-year trend.
Thomson should get better, just by leaving Texas. That's a great hitter's park. Also, his bullpen didn't help him much the last two years. And Leo Mazzone will work his magic. Thomson's a solid pick.
And I don't know which Ortiz you mean? Russ, Ramon, David, Junior? (Junior Ortiz was an obscure backup catcher for the Pirates in the 80's)
Roger Angell: I was talking with Bob Gibson and I said: 'Are you always this competitive?' He said: 'Oh, I think so. I got a three-year old daughter, and I've played about 500 games of tic-tac-toe with her and she hasn't beat me yet.'