The bullpen has been tricky to evaluate thus far into spring training. Some players have played outstanding, while others haven't been well at all.
Jeremy Affeldt: Seven innings pitched, one earned run, eight strikeouts. He is pitching right now like the set-up man he was brought here to be.
Sergio Romo: Seven innings pitched, one earned run, five batters allowed to reach base. Romo is one of the players who Dave Righetti talked to about reaching that next level as a pitcher. Maybe this is his year to do so.
Jeff Suppan: Ten innings pitched, seven earned runs, two strikeouts. I listed him as the pitching MVP through Week 1 of spring training, but he has clearly proven to me and everyone else why he shouldn't make the team.
I watched Matt Cain throw a brilliant three innings in Scottsdale against the Milwaukee Brewers, only to see Suppan promptly mess it up.
Javier Lopez: Seven innings pitched, seven earned runs, 11 hits allowed. Lopez was one of the reasons why the Giants bullpen was so dominant at the end of the season, and I really hope things turn around for him quickly, because the Giants can't afford Lopez to struggle this year.