Well, this makes a whole hell of a lot of sense:
JUPITER, Fla. — The Cardinals issued a tacit statement Friday, all but declaring Brad Thompson the winner over Anthony Reyes as fifth starter in their season-opening rotation.
Technically the matter remains unresolved.
Of course, I must have been a moron was under the stupid impression that Anthony Reyes had pitched well enough to be in the starting rotation and that Brad "1 Spring Start' Thompson hadn't exactly been anointed anything.
Manager Tony La Russa and pitching coach Dave Duncan made no announcement, though Duncan thought the indicators "obvious to anyone who's been paying attention."
Once these stubborn old men make their mind up about something, it's pretty much set in stone. Outside of Anthony throwing a perfect game in relief if he ever pitches this spring again, or Thompson imploding against the Nationals, this thing is over.
La Russa confirmed that he and Duncan have defined the rotation but quickly added that "impressions can still be made. The competition is close enough."
Official word is likely to wait at least until after Thompson's start Monday.
I guess I just don't get it. Wellemeyer AND Thompson stay in the rotation over Reyes? I mean, am I the only one concerned with this teams talent evaluation process right now?