Saturday, April 05, 2008

Maholm's back

Paul Maholm and Mark Hendrickson in this one. Hendrickson is Florida's opening day starter, but only because someone has to start the first game of the year. The key to this one is Maholm's back, which has bothered him on and off for quite some time now. I don't buy all the "Maholm is the swing guy in the rotation" stuff, but I do know that if he's hurt, someone that is much, much worse than him will take his place in the rotation. Thus his back, and accordingly, John Russell's willingness to hang a giant pitch count on him like he did to Zach Duke on Thursday, are things to keep an eye on.