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Breaking down the bullpen decisions

Posted By Peter Abraham On March 23, 2008 @ 2:53 pm In Misc | 46 Comments

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We spoke to Joe Girardi this morning about the makeup of the pitching staff. Here is what came out of it:

They’re taking a long man. Jeff Karstens, Darrell Rasner or (maybe) Kei Igawa will be on the team. That has been the plans for months and it’s not changing.

Girardi said he is not “100-percent committed” to taking a lefty but he clearly wants one and then said nice things about Billy Traber. I think he’s on.

That leaves Brian Bruney, Ross Ohlendorf, Scott Patterson, Edwar Ramirez and Jose Veras competing for one spot.

Girardi on Patterson: “He’s done a good job. You just keep running him out there and he’s still competing with the other guys. I’m not a big believer that you have to have big-league experience to be successful. But obviously if you do have big-league experience you know what to expect a little bit more.

“But he’s done a great job. He has not pitched above Double-A and we’re aware of that. But he has been as good as anybody in camp.”

What does Girardi want?

“Strikes is No. 1 for me. You have to be able to throw strikes. If you can’t throw strikes, it’s hard to have a lot of faith in what you’re throwing out there,” he said. “Strikes is No. 1 and then you look at matchups, the ability to get right-handers out, left-handers out.”

Everybody has at least one option. I think it’s Bruney unless he blows up this week.

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