BumpWills wrote:Four very good hitters in Wilkerson, Vidro, N. Johnson and Guillen.
John Patterson should have a good shot at the rotation as well. He had a high ERA last year but was battling injury and showed nice potential. K>IP is nice too.
They may win 80 games with their current team.
Possibly. After the All star break, they played .480 ball.
Exchanging Guillen for Rivera (who played regularly in the second half) might even be a net loss, rather than a gain. Batista is SO bad, that even a non-Coors Castilla is worth 2-4 wins. Cabrera was SO bad last year, that even an average year by Guzman is a win or two. No one really had an outstanding season last year, so you shouldn't be finding any huge drops in other guys.
In addition to the pitching questions, the big issue is what do they do when (not if) Johnson gets hurt. If they are smart, they use Ryan Church and Val Pascucci along with Sledge and Chavez in the OF, moving Wilkerson to 1B. If they are dumb, they continue to play guys like Ron Calloway. That will give them another 2-4 wins. I'd say 75 to 82 wins, probably, with an outside chance of 85 with some luck.