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Kyle Weiland 2011 Season Outlook


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So, the Sox are calling up converted reliever Kyle Weiland to start for them Sunday against Baltimore - he's actually handled the transition to starter quite smoothly thus far in AAA-Pawtucket, K'ing over a batter per inning and keeping the walks under control. He's reintroduced a cutter into his arsenal that has apparently rounded out his offerings and nicely complements a hard sinker and a sharp change.

Any thoughts? Chances he sticks in that ragtag rotation?

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There's too many guys ahead of him on the hypothetical depth chart. In no certain order: Wakefield, Miller, Aceves, Doubront... He's just getting a spot start because Aceves was used in relief the other day and Doubront's working back from an injury.

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they've moved him into the bullpen many times before if the kid pitches great they'd do it again I think.

Agreed that they would and could move wake to the pen but of all the pitchers they have he has the least value in the bullpen for a few reasons.

1. cant bring him in with a runner on base because of the threat of a wil pitch.

2. Tek struggles to catch him.

3. Gives up to many HR, not as much an issue when starting but tough to bring him into a 1 run game.

4. All these things make him basically a mop up long man.

Also agreed that Lackey is not a lock to stay in the rotation but really what else do ya do with him?

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