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A Week to Go

Mike SteffanosSaturday, March 22, 2008
By Mike Steffanos

It's so close you can taste it now. We are a week away from playing real baseball games that really count. The time for speculating and prognosticating is waning.

Actually was able to watch some of today's game against the Indians. It was televised on their network and DirecTV wasn't blacking it out. Oliver Perez got hit pretty hard. Hopefully he got that out of his system. He should have one more spring start left, and his goal should be to cut down on the 4 home runs he allowed. C'mon, Ollie -- any more than three seems ostentatious...

Seriously, though, I know the papers will make something of this, but I'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt that he's working on something. I'd probably worry more if he wasn't the third or fourth starter on this year's club.

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Comments (3)

The thing that worried me more than the homers was that his velocity seemed down. Although, the silver lining is that he hasn't been walking many batters in his last few starts, which was my more serious concern earlier on.

I agree on the velocity. It will be interesting to watch what happens his first few outings, pitching for a contract and trying to prove that last year was no fluke. I think he'll be alright, but he's no sure thing.

After games like yesterday's (Who wants to be the fifth starter? Anyone? Anyone?), I'm anxious for the season to begin, even though we 're no closer to determining who'll get the ball once the rotation expands in mid-April. Let's just get it started already!

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