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Two Rockies starters on shaky ground

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06:59 AM ET 05.08 | Hard to believe, but the Rockies, of all teams, are a more compelling on-the-field story this season than the Yankees. Colorado's fast start has spawned expectations that have created new questions about its roster. With the Rockies flirting with first place in the National League West, it's become increasingly difficult to defend Juan Nicasio and Jeff Francis having spots in the rotation. Typically, teams make hard assessments about their roster at the quarter pole. That leaves Nicasio and Francis having one or two more starts as a referendum on their viability. Why? Because the Rockies have options to replace them now, and, potentially in three weeks or so if the recently signed Roy Oswalt shows he can still pitch.

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May 8, 2013  09:24 AM ET

Any pitcher is on shaky ground in that ball park. The climate controlled balls have helped, but the place is still a launching pad.

May 8, 2013  09:56 AM ET

I have not seen a worse Yankee offensive line up as I watched last night since the mid 60s. Methinks the juice has all been squeezed out of that lemon.

May 8, 2013  12:11 PM ET
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I have not seen a worse Yankee offensive line up as I watched last night since the mid 60s. Methinks the juice has all been squeezed out of that lemon.

Still, they're playing decent baseball. Good pitching cures many ills. The Steinbrenner twins ought to offer Mariano 50 mil to stay on for a couple of years. That guy is unbelievable

May 8, 2013  01:31 PM ET

"Why? Because the Rockies have options to replace them now, and, potentially in three weeks or so if the recently signed Roy Oswalt shows he can still pitch."


That's a pretty Big "IF". But why ruin a good story? :-)

May 8, 2013  01:35 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Still, they're playing decent baseball. Good pitching cures many ills. The Steinbrenner twins ought to offer Mariano 50 mil to stay on for a couple of years. That guy is unbelievable

Smoke and mirrors and the good fortune to have played some teams that were not playing well at the time.

Nix, Stewart, Overbay, Nelson Franciso and on and on. They will play to the back of their baseball cards, and it ain't pretty....

May 8, 2013  01:40 PM ET

Oswalt is not the answer ... for any team ...

May 8, 2013  01:51 PM ET
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Smoke and mirrors and the good fortune to have played some teams that were not playing well at the time.Nix, Stewart, Overbay, Nelson Franciso and on and on. They will play to the back of their baseball cards, and it ain't pretty....

Okay. You know I am not a Yankee fan. But you need to take a deep breath. It's been a difficult two years for me, but i have survived. You just gotta concentrate on having fun... And the Yankees are much more appealing than they were last year.

May 8, 2013  04:37 PM ET
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Okay. You know I am not a Yankee fan. But you need to take a deep breath. It's been a difficult two years for me, but i have survived. You just gotta concentrate on having fun... And the Yankees are much more appealing than they were last year.

True, and I am a Yankee fan for a LOOONG time. I look forward to next year when perhaps Girardi grows a pair and plays the kids from the system and stops needing used up, washed out vets to fill gaps.

 
May 8, 2013  05:29 PM ET

If you think the ground is shaky, sign Oswalt...

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