Making the transition from being a reliever to a starting pitcher is not an easy one.
While pitchers have been transitioned successfully from a starter to closer (see: Mariano Rivera, Jonathan Papelbon, Dennis Eckersley, to name a few), there are far fewer who transition from reliever to starter.
Bard is certainly not a stranger to starting. He did so in the minor leagues on 22 occasions. True, it is not a supremely large body of work to go on.
Daniel Bard is going to be thrust into the role of (likely) being the fourth starter for a team with one of the most rabid fanbases with extremely high expectations. Here are my predictions for how he will transition into his new role in 2012.