|Hillman offered no hints on the two other slots, although Sidney Ponson is pitching Tuesday, which lines him up to work the season's fourth game. Horacio Ramirez, Luke Hochevar and Brian Bannister are the other candidates.|
Look I know spring ERA's should be taken with a grain of salt but Hochevar's is sitting at 3.86 in 16.1 innings. He was told to compete for a job and he has outpitched the other candidates. And honestly he should be the #4 guy, not Ponson or Ramirez. Just because Hochevar has options remaining doesn't mean he should start the season in Omaha - especially if he's better than the others.
I didn't mind the Ponson experiment if it came at HoRam's expense but it would be ridiculous to start the season with both Ponson and Ramirez in the rotation. If KC goes this route then I will backtrack on my prediction that they win the division this year.
I want to stay positive regarding their division chances because I really think 2009 can be a special year but if this move actually happens (and really I'm gonna have to see it to believe it) I will be one depressed blogger.