Bal lf: Payton Huff
Rotoworld. Close call. Huff might play some dh-1b possibly take over 3b from Mora leaving a greater number
of games played in leftfield for Payton. However, unless Huff gets hurt, he will have more at bats than Payton, and for now,
you can expect most of them will be in left.
Bal 5s: no R.Lopez
Rotoworld: Lopez is surely a candidate with Loewen, and, at least, we see who will be available for the first
Chi 5s: neither incl. Haeger and H.Phillips
Rotoworld: Gavin Floyd pitched 4.23 in AAA, 7.29 with the Phillies. Haeger was 3.07 and 3.44 (even after a
disastrous first start). Phillips has a 2.96 ERA in AAA.
Cle 5s: incl. Carmona no Carmona
Rotoworld: Although, it is nice to know who no. 6 is, there is no chance Sowers would lose his job to Carmona
in the spring.
Det 5s: Verlander Maroth (otherwise same five)
Rotoworld: Ridiculous. Although, Maroth could well get more starts for awhile due to Verlander’s tender
young arm, if anyone is in danger of losing his job to Ledezma or Andrew Miller, it will be Maroth.
KC 3b: Teahen A.Gordon
KC rf: Sanders Teahen
Rotoworld: The Royals could get sued if they kept Gordon in the minors any longer. You never know with this
organization, but Sanders seems the most logical one to bench or cut.
KC 5s: incl. Elarton no Elarton
MLB.com: Close, because it must be about time to give up on him.
LA dh: Hillenbrand J.Rivera
MLB.com: Considering Rivera’s serious leg break, Hillendbrand will certainly have a starting job until
Rivera returns – which could be early or mid season. The Angels have loads of potential to squeeze Hillenbrand out of
a job, but for now, he is fairly safe.
LA 5s: incl. Colon incl. Jered Weaver
MLB.com: As with Maroth and Verlander, both sites list these in both rotations. This time Rotoworld could plead
the “youthful arm” defence by having the young phenomenon 5th. With Colon’s
health concerns, though, he is far more likely to lose starts to co-5th starter Joe Saunders.
Min 3b: Cirillo Punto
Rotoworld: Punto earned the job. Cirillo is 37 and just hanging on.
Min 5s: neither incl. Baker and Ponson
Rotoworld: Who the heck is 3.92 AA pitcher Glen Perkins to walk away with a job over Baker or Ponson?
NY 1b: A.Phillips Mientkiewicz
Rotoworld. The Yankees have made it clear Mientkie is the larger platoon half.
NY 5s: Igawa Karstens,
MLB.com: As Rotoworld lists no 4th starter, this must be an electronic typo.
Oak 1b: Swisher D.Johnson
Oak lf: Kielty Swisher
Rotoworld: Close, but this is how I would do it. I’m not sure if MLB.com has some inside knowledge here,
Oak 5s: no one Kennedy, Windsor, Halsey, and Saarloos
Rotoworld: Unless Oakland plans to stick to
a four man rotation, Rotoworld wins by default.
TB 1b: Norton Wigginton
Rotoworld. I’d believe Upton before Norton.
TB sp: no Seo Seo is
Rotoworld. Really, after Kazmir, they’re all 5rh starters. Seo certainly deserves mention.
Tex 5s: Koronka Volquez, Rheinecker, & Cruceta
Rotoworld: To continue with Koronka would be suicide. At least, the Rotoworld trio of candidates have some
Tor 5s: no Towers incl.
Rotoworld: Jays have plenty of room for a possible Towers comeback.