Who's going to be our friday starter? I'm thinking Kendall Graveman but it sounds like Lindgren and Woodruff have done well in the offseason
No. Graveman will be the Saturday guy again. He's the change of pace sinkerballer, and you try to always throw those in between the Friday and Sunday flamethrowers.
Friday night is Evan Mitchell's to lose. He has EVERY BIT as good of stuff as Stratton had(with a similar career path), we will just have to wait and see if he matured mentally going into his JR year like Stratton did. Look for Will Cox, Trevor Fitts, and Brandon Woodruff to also compete for this role -- and for it to not be clearly defined until conference play. We could end up seeing one of those on Sunday as well. I look for Lindgren to be the Sunday guy at this point.
Ideally, you go with flamethrower righty on Friday, sinkerballer righty on Saturday, and hard-throwing but crafty lefty on Sunday.
We've got 19 pitchers throwing in the 90s right now(Graveman is the only one that doesn't) -- including the 3 position players that have been kept in pitching shape with routine bullpens(CT, Renfroe, and Norris). I've heard that Renfroe is consistently at 97-98 in bullpens and well over 100 from the outfield now. Barring collapse(and assuming his logical continued improvement), he's going to be the highest drafted MSU position player Clark and Palmeiro...
People laugh -- but we still had 4-5 pitchers ready to go that we could have used in the SEC tournament after playing 6 in 6 days. Marathon series are going to work in our favor BIGTIME with our pitching depth and talent. Unfortunately, the SEC tourney is really the only time this comes into play...
This post was edited on 2/11 at 10:28 pm