So far we have established Dallas Braden is #1, but after that ?
Duch is hurt (received a cortisone shot to the elbow this week, never good news)
Gio is hurt (shoulder)
Vincie Mazzaro optioned to minors (my early favourite for a spot )
Of the others who have made 2+ spring starts.......
Outman: blasted last start - 3 IP, 8 ER
Edg. Gonzalez: blasted last start/sucks
Gallagher: struggled with control 7/6 K/bb in ST
Eveland has been so/so, hasn't pitched his way back to AAA, but hasn't set the world on fire.
Anderson and Cahill have easily been the best Oakland SP of spring training.
Anderson 16 IP, 0 HRs, 4 BB, 6Ks
Cahill 16 IP, 1 HR (by Travis Ishikawa ), 3 BB, 10 Ks.
Uncle Billy is desperate to get Duch in the rotation obviously
“Let’s face it, if Duke’s healthy you want him in (the rotation),” Beane said. “If he wasn’t ready to go five or six in his first start, we have to decide how long he is able to go. Right now we’re pushing to put him in the rotation even if in abbreviated situation and we’ll build him up from there. If it means he can only go four innings, we’ll take those four innings. We’ll just see.”
For the final 4 spots, currently the best fit pitchers are Gallagher/Eveland/Cahill/Anderson.
If we assume Duchsherer is DLed to start the season (very likely), Cahill and Anderson will likely be the 4 and 5 SP.
As usual temper your expectations, but they're on the verge of BOTH being worth a pick up.