Yah, I'm worried after Galarraga. I was really liking what he was doing too. I think he can get back on track, but it might take some time out of the rotation to work with Knapp. Bondo is only 2, maybe 3 starts away, so if Willis doesn't work out in his next 2 or 3 starts, we can try Bonderman. I would like it if Willis succeeds, but I can't count on it. If he doesn't put it togegther as a starter, I say put him in the bullpen. I don't know if Rodney will last as the closer long term and even if he stays in the role, I wouldn't mind having a R/L combo.
Don't discount Miner either. He showed he was very capable as a starter, so if 2 out of the 3 guys above fail, he can jump back into the rotation. Or he might have to take back over when they shut down Porcello, which could be after 150-160 IP.
Maggs had a couple good days lately, thats encouraging. If he gets on track, the offense if a strength, without him, its a question mark. thats how big a deal he is.
Laird starting to hit is encouraging for sure, when he's not a blackhole at the bottom of the lineup, we are a better team. His catching is great though.
Gotta love Inge. The town has always had a hate/love relationship with him. He's such a great person and genuinely nice guy, that people root for him to succeed. Plus he's been around so long, played so many positions, been through the best and worst and his 3B D is a sight you should see before you die if you're a baseball fan. On the other hand, he failed as a C , so he was on the badside of most fans last year and he's always been a target for criticism for his poor bat(which did always show some solid power potential). This year, he's back at his natural position, his D looks great, his bat looks great. He's fixed his approach to hitting, plus being at third makes him more comfortable all around. He has hit a few homers that have been the difference in games. He might not hit this well all year, but a stats guy said 3B defense last year cost us something like 6 wins, so don't ever stop appreciating this guy. Thank God they didn't listen when fans wanted to send him out of town after the Miggy trade. Its too bad he didn't go immediately to third when Miggy went to 1B, because we would have been a better team last year.