Originally Posted by frazod
I sure as **** don't ever want to see him in the starting rotation again.
Yeah, lets give up on the kid because after training as a reliever for 6 months, he ran out of gas at 175 innings. Hell, K/Inning starting pitchers with 95 mph stuff grow on trees, right? If you liked him for a single inning in April and May as a starter and now you're looking to bury him as a reliever, then you're an idiot.
Anyone that didn't expect Lynn to hit a wall had their head in the sand. You cannot train your arm for short bursts and rapid bouncebacks and then suddenly not face impediments when trying to throw 7/8 innings. Hell, you could see it October - he was very good for three innings and then the arm just wasn't there anymore. He got tired - shit happens.
Matheny is who to blame for Lance Lynn's October failures, not Lynn.
Before he hit a wall in October he was showing a routine ability to pitch into the 7th and maintain plus stuff. Lynn threw 100+ pitches in 16 of his first 23 starts before they shut him down, something he wasn't asked to do at all last season and something he wasn't told to prepare for before the season started. He still managed to so quite well with it.
Originally Posted by BigRedChief
Wong is our leadoff hitter for the next 6 years starting 2014 or maybe if he gets hot in spring training, 2013.
Wong isn't even as good a leadoff candidate as his MI mate in Springfield, Greg Garcia. 44 BBs in nearly 600 PAs does not inspire great confidence in Wong's leadoff potential (Garcia looks like a great fit if he can keep progressing, though). Wong appears to be a natural #2 hitter.