Friday, March 28, 2008

Justin Germano named 5th starter

Padre fans can finally put the debate of "who will be the 5th starter" to rest. According to Corey Brock of, the San Diego Padres have named Justin Germano as their 5th starter for the 2008 season.

Germano had a great start to the 2007 season, impressing everyone that watched him pitch, but maybe National League hitters figured him out because he really struggled through August and September.

He's done so well through spring training, he has really earned the 5th spot in the rotation and I think he's learned so much through last season that he'll put that all together and be even better in 2008. He's not relying so much on throwing curveball/slider, he has picked up a changeup and is throwing it for strikes and it has really become an out pitch, not to mention that he has increased his velocity on his fastball by at least 3 MPH according to scouts.

The question that this brings up is, when Mark Prior is ready to go, what happens to Germano? Does he get shipped out in a trade, does he slide into the bullpen? What we do know at this point is, he'll be the 5th starter for the Padres at least until the end of May or beginning of June. After that, we'll just have to wait and see.

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