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NL Only Projected Rotations – Bullpen Depth

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Edinson Volquez delivers a pitch to the St. Louis Cardinals in the first inning at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on June 1, 2009. Volquez left the game after the first with a possible reinjury of his back. (UPI Photo/Bill Greenblatt) Photo via Newscom Photo via Newscom

Another baseball season is coming as teams get ready for the 2011 year to get underway at the end of March. While National League teams are still figuring out which players will make the final roster spots, we have projected starting rotations and some of the bull pen pitchers we expect to make NL rosters.

As happens every year you will find teams that walk in spring training, and we already know who will be the full rotation as other teams will be shuffling through pitcher after pitcher to make it through a full season.

While the Cincinnati Reds have a talented young pitching staff but it will be interesting to see which of Homer Bailey, Mike Leake or Travis Wood will stay in the rotation throughout the season and to begin the year. Look to spring training as an indicator as to what the Reds plan on doing as using all three of these pitchers in the rotation would probably mean a six man rotation.

That wouldn’t be a bad idea as the Reds young arms are still going through a growth curve in innings worked and with a six man rotation they would stay fresher throughout the season. Even Edinson Volquez could use a little extra rest as he is in his first full season back since injuring his arm a few seasons ago.

As for teams like the Giants and Phillies, their starting rotations are set and they should be strong all season long. I will always have some concerns regarding the Phillies closer Brad Lidge as he can be streaky but he should give his team respectability throughout most of the season.

The Pirates leave much to be desired as they will scuffle in the starting rotation and in the bull pen this year. Look for this team to rely on their young hitting to win baseball games.

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