An open discussion for anyone regarding how the boys have been doing in the big leagues. Is this exactly what you expected? Did you think Joe would be better? Did you think Schwim would be better?
Is it hard to judge these guys based off of a few months of work, or is this their future?
My thoughts… these guys were all forced into an impossible situation this season, and they need some more time. I think Savery’s time is likely more borrowed than anybody else’s, but I think Schwimer and Diekman have both had their growing pains. That said, I think they will be part of the bullpen in the future.
Also, any thoughts on how the bullpen shakes out for 2013?
My early guess:
Papelbon, Madson (we don’t know how many bridges were burned or if he’s healthy), Bastardo, Schwimer, Kendrick, Diekman, Stutes. If not Madson, then I think it will be a veteran righty. Does anyone think that’s a fair guess? Who needs more seasoning? Who will be ready to go for 2013? Let’s hear it in the comments.
I will probably have a more lengthy post on my thoughts about the bullpen in the future.