thetongueofire wrote:Driefort is the main candidate right now. but if Alvarez is the one to leave the starting rotation, he should also be in on a lot of hold situations also.
I completely agree that Alvarez will be in a lot of hold situations, but as far as pitching the 8th, I think that job will land in Dreifort's hands. I see Alvarez getting his holds in the 7th (or even 6th) inning...I also see him used in long relief when necessary.
Since lefties are hitting 45 points worse than righties against Dreifort, there's no reason to bring in Alvarez/Martin for a specific matchup with a lefty-batter during the 8th.