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Marlins To Use 4-Man Pitching Rotation Early Season

Reported By Stephen Rhodes

Because of some quirks in the early regular season, the Florida Marlins are leaning towards utilizing a 4-man rotation for the short-term; because of of-days on April 3 and 8, the team will probably not need a fifth starter until April 13. Which could be a good thing for the Marlins as 2 of their projected 4 starters are nursing minor injuries; the 2 pitchers in question, Scott Olsen and Sergio Mitre, may not be ready for the beginning of the 2008 season as Olsen is recovering from left shoulder tendinitis and Mitre is struggling with tightness in his right forearm muscle.

When the Marlins' season opens, they plan to use 12 pitchers - 4 starters and 8 relievers; some bullpen spots appear solid but there's unresolved questions about their rotation. Mark Hendrickson has the early lead among the front five, and based on experience alone, Hendrickson could get the nod to be the Opening Day starting pitcher. On the other hand, rookie pitcher Andrew Miller is having issues with his control; at some point in time, Miller is going to be looked upon as the ace of the Marlins' staff, but needs some more refining to reach that lofty goal. Ricky Nolasco, Rick VandenHurk and Gaby are candidates for rotation spots, as well.

Would you rather have 4 Marlins pitchers or all 5 of the Giants pitchers? Tough one isn't it? Sure, everyone wants Cain and Lincecum on their squad but it ends right about there...

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