It’s hard for me to put a finger on a Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher that has surprised us more than Chris Resop. And by the way, Clint Hurdle still hasn’t told him he is on the 2011 roster. It would appear Resop is a lock, but Neal Huntington didn’t give the word to Hurdle as of yet the article below says.
Resop has been solid this Spring, of course we would like to see more strikeouts. His fake game count of 14K’s in 20.2IP is a bit light to us. However, there is very little to complain about when observing the work Resop has done in black and yellow. With the Pirates toughest stretch of the season beginning in a few days, Resop will be counted on quite a bit should the Bucs starters falter.
Looking back on the 2010 season, Resop also had some very solid, although limited numbers. He seems best suited in the sixth and seventh, but Hurdle mentioned Resops’ role in the bullpen is suited towards the end of it? Who knows, but looking hard at the Bucs rubiks cube of a rotation at the moment, we trust Jeff Karstens won’t need to make many starts this season.
The pitching rotation has worked very hard to improve. Yesterday saw some highlights of this fact as Karstens provided 4.2 innnings and Garrett Olson looked sharp in his four outs as well.
In Philly tonight we are looking for a little more proof with Ross Ohlendorf up against the Phillies Roy Oswalt on the mound tonight (7:05 p.m.). Evan Meek, Joel Hanrahan and Jose Veras also are scheduled to get action.
Reliever Jose Veras was off yesterday, but his 2011 projections still scare us with his high walk rate. But everyone loves the K getter in Veras. It will be interesting to see how both Resop (once he gets the word) and Veras are used this season by skipper Clint Hurdle.
Even more interesting will be their performance.
If the Royals really want to keep Nathan Adcock, it won’t be too hard. The first month of the season is the easiest for the Royals (.482) Thenwe could forsee, ahem, injuries after some struggles. Rehab assignments. Repeat. And God forbid if he pitches well early.
Brian Cartwright has an interesting and knowledgeable take on his favorite team in The Hardball Times. Read it. He brings it.
We trust this happens in Pittsburgh soon. We have our tickets. Do you have yours?
Cool. Maybe the Bucs can get Jamie Dixon.
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