Matthew Pouliot

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NL Projected Rosters

Wednesday, March 31, 2010


2B Rickie Weeks
SS Alcides Escobar
LF Ryan Braun
1B Prince Fielder
3B Casey McGehee
RF Corey Hart
C Gregg Zaun
CF Carlos Gomez

INF Craig Counsell
OF Jim Edmonds
OF Jody Gerut
C George Kottaras
INF Joe Inglett

Yovani Gallardo
Randy Wolf
Doug Davis
Dave Bush
Manny Parra

Trevor Hoffman (closer)
LaTroy Hawkins
Todd Coffey
Claudio Vargas
Mitch Stetter
Chris Narveson
Carlos Villanueva

SP Jeff Suppan

The Brewers are still unsettled as far as the lineup and the rotation, though the "neck injury" manufactured for Suppan will help clear up the latter problem. The Brewers could have just gone ahead and released the veteran, but now he'll start off on the DL. That means either Parra or Narveson will be the fifth starter, with the other in the bullpen. And it should mean that Villanueva will stick. There was talk that he might be optioned to Triple-A to begin the year. … I think I'd like the lineup better with Edmonds playing right field and batting second against righties. The initial plan was for McGehee to hit second, but that'd leave the team with too little production behind Fielder. Now it looks like Escobar or Gomez will bat second, with McGehee in the fifth spot.

New York

CF Angel Pagan
2B Luis Castillo
3B David Wright
LF Jason Bay
1B Daniel Murphy
RF Jeff Francoeur
C Rod Barajas
SS Alex Cora

INF Fernando Tatis
OF Gary Matthews Jr.
C Henry Blanco
1B-OF Chris Carter
INF Russ Adams

Johan Santana
John Maine
Mike Pelfrey
Oliver Perez
Jon Niese

Francisco Rodriguez (closer)
Pedro Feliciano
Ryota Igarashi
Jenrry Mejia
Fernando Nieve
Nelson Figueroa
Hisanori Takahashi

SS Jose Reyes
OF Carlos Beltran
RP Kelvim Escobar

Reyes is still a possibility for the Opening Day roster, but I'm guessing he'll spend five days on the DL to start the year. Cora would fill in. I'd rather have Ruben Tejada in that spot, but it doesn't make much sense to add him to the 40-man if Reyes continues to progress. If Reyes has a setback this week, then Tejada over Adams is an obvious choice. … Once Reyes returns, he should hit third, with everyone else moving down a spot. … The rotation appears to be set, even though pretty much everyone has been shaky this spring. Perhaps the Mets should have been in on Nate Robertson. … I'm not sure about this bullpen, but this is the way Adam Rubin thinks it will shake out. Bobby Parnell, Sean Green and Kiko Calero would be among the last cuts.


SS Jimmy Rollins
3B Placido Polanco
2B Chase Utley
1B Ryan Howard
RF Jayson Werth
LF Raul Ibanez
CF Shane Victorino
C Carlos Ruiz

OF Ben Francisco
1B-OF Ross Gload
INF Greg Dobbs
C Brian Schneider
INF Juan Castro

Roy Halladay
Cole Hamels
Joe Blanton
J.A. Happ
Jamie Moyer

Ryan Madson (closer)
Danys Baez
Chad Durbin
Jose Contreras
Kyle Kendrick
David Herndon
Antonio Bastardo

RP Brad Lidge
RP J.C. Romero

The offense has been completely set for months, and the Phillies finalized their rotation Tuesday by making Moyer the fifth starter and shifting Kendrick to the pen. It's the relief corps that is the team's main concern at the moment. Lidge and Romero both hope to return about a week into the season, but that's still in some doubt. Madson will likely close initially, with Baez serving as a setup man. Bastardo has struggled, and it wouldn't be surprising to see the Phillies claim a lefty off waivers prior to Opening Day.


2B Akinori Iwamura
CF Andrew McCutchen
RF Garrett Jones
C Ryan Doumit
LF Lastings Milledge
1B Jeff Clement
3B Andy LaRoche
SS Ronny Cedeno

OF Ryan Church
INF Bobby Crosby
C Jason Jaramillo
OF Delwyn Young
OF John Raynor

Zach Duke
Ross Ohlendorf
Paul Maholm
Charlie Morton
Daniel McCutchen

Octavio Dotel (closer)
Brendan Donnelly
Evan Meek
Javier Lopez
D.J. Carrasco
Jack Taschner
Hayden Penn

RP Joel Hanrahan
RP Jose Ascanio

It seems to be that if the Pirates really wanted to bat the pitcher eighth, it'd make a lot more sense to go with LaRoche in the ninth spot. Cedeno wasn't all that bad after joining Pittsburgh last year, but he has a career .280 OBP. He's not going to be getting on base for McCutchen with any regularity. … With Brandon Moss out of the mix, it looks like Raynor, a Rule 5 pick from the Marlins, will make the squad. The Pirates could keep Ramon Vazquez instead, but they'd much prefer to trade him. Steve Pearce is the other alternative.

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Matthew Pouliot is the Executive Editor of and has been doing the site's baseball projections for the last 10 years. Follow him on Twitter @matthewpouliot.
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