How great is it to read stories about what is happening on the field than off? Bob Dutton's article on Joel Peralta was good.
I am thinking about these things. What are your thoughts on:
- I was surprised to see Peralta had more innings as a KC reliever than anyone in last 15 years with 87 2/3 last year. Only Guerrier from Twins had more.
- What is the danger of Peralta having arm trouble this season with that kind of a workload?
- Peralta is the kind of underrated bullpen type that every winning team has and needs. Takes the ball, doesn't complain about his role, and provides leadership for others. Is Peralta a lock for the 2008 pen even though he has an option left?
- The bullpen depth in KC has me optimistic - I believe the locks are Soria, Mahay, Yabuta, Gobble, Bale and Peralta. If KC goes with 11 man staff, that leaves everyone else out including Leo Nunez (out of options) who could be a stud in a 1-2 inning role. How will KC use its depth in the pen?