Hochevar's biggest problem for the last few years has been his inability to avoid big innings. He can be completely dominant for several innings, but it always seems like once he goes into the stretch, they had better get someone warming up in the bullpen. Both his slider and his curve are plus pitches, not so much great strikeout pitches but when they are on nobody gets decent contact on them.
I have no idea who their #5 guy is. Though I suppose it doesn't matter much. Unless I'm blanking on some good prospect or something.
It is hard to say exactly who the #5 will be since there are basically 4 guys who all could be slotted there.
Hochevar, Sanchez, Chen, Paulino are locks right now. Then you have Crow, Duffy, Teaford, and Mendoza with Montgomery being fairly close to ready are all potentials for the 5th spot or injury replacements.
J35J wrote:And yeah, .500 record and staying in contention into Sept is really my only goal for this year...we should be ready to compete in 2013 though....we better be anyway.
If the team isn't a legitimate contender by 2013 then they might never be.