Jul
16

USA Olympic Roster announced

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It’s a solid group. The rotation is excellent, led by Brett Anderson, Jake Arrieta, Trevor Cahill and Steven Strasburg (San Diego State), and the bullpen is solid with Casey Weathers, Mike Koplove and Jeff Stevens (the guy the Indians got for Brandon Phillips). GM Bob Watson went for hitters that he knew could handle top flight pitching, surrounding young studs Colby Rasmus, Dexter Fowler and Matt LaPorta with veteran mashers Mike Hessman, John Gall and Terry Tiffee. No Yankees made the team, but I can’t imagine they were too keen on letting a guy like Mark Melancon leave their watch for a month.

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  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    Mike,

    What do you put their odds at medaling?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      I dunno, depends on what the other teams look like. But they have some very good pitching, power arms than can dominate good hitters, so they should do well. I’d be surprised if they didn’t medal.

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

        Considering that the Indians managed to take C.C. Sabathia off the 2000 team to protect the jewel of their farm, why didn’t they remove Matt LaPorta?

        • A.D.

          Hitter doesn’t need the protection of a Pitcher

          • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

            True. I just figured they’d be extra extra cautious… if LaPorta blows his knee out, then the CC deal looks pretty meager.

            • Lanny

              And he could blow out his knee in practice in Triple A.

              These guys are athletes. You don’t act scared.

  • Brian

    Just breezed through their stats on MILB.com. Do you think team speed will be a concern? Not alot of stolen bases.

    • http://riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Maybe, although Fowler and Rasmus can run. In a short tournament like that, pitching will win.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    What Latin American teams are in the tournament?

    If anyone cares, the “Jeter flies into the stands!!!” game is on YES right now.

    • A.D.

      The Teams are:

      US
      Canada
      China
      Chinese Tiapei (Tiawan)
      Cuba
      Japan
      South Korea
      Netherlands

      …If the US doesn’t medal I’ll be shocked

  • A.D.

    Jason Jones, starting the AA all-star game

    • http://riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Yeah, Jeff Marquez started it last year. Alan Horne was the first pitcher out of the pen. Then the game was cancelled after the second inning due to massive amounts of fog.

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