I've been home alone for lunch every day this week, but I've been lazy so I didn't get around to Twitter Lunch until today. The drill today was the same as always: I sit down with lunch, open the floor for questions to the @BrewCrewBall Twitter, and answer until I'm done. Here's what we talked about this week:
Miketotheg: seven bullpen spots: Ax, KRod, Loe, Braddock, Estrada, Veras....and?
BCB: I'd say Manny Parra has the inside track, with Brandon Kintzler the second option.
MilwauKyle: What do you see Nori Aoki's role being with this team?
BCB: Depends on his spring, but to start he's probably a bench bat and 1-2 game per week starter.
GrAdAILiOn: do you think braun will get booed at every ballpark besides Miller Park? Maybe besides when the dam cubs fans come?
BCB: I think he'll get booed in some places, certainly. Every park is probably a stretch, though.
MREA_Nick: Aoki blows up and forces his way into a starting position, giving us some leverage at the trade deadline: T/F
BCB: False. Unless something happens to someone I doubt he'll get enough playing time to "blow up."
SecondHandStore: Mat Gamel: Over/under 20 HR; over/under .280 AVG
BCB: Over 20 HR, under .280. Well under .280, in fact.
There's much more after the jump. Thanks to everyone who submitted questions, and don't forget to follow @BrewCrewBall on Twitter to be a part of our next Twitter Lunch!
BCB: Unless he really struggles in April/May, I'd expect him to make around 100-110 starts.
SecondHandStore: Greinke or Gallardo which will have the better year?
BCB: I'll take Greinke. Hard to bet against a guy with ace stuff who's healthy in a contract year.
blumberg21: deadline day: who's most likely to be dealt if we're out of it?
BCB: K-Rod. He could be gone even if they're not out of it.
miketotheg: do you think we'll see Peralta in September?
BCB: If the team is in contention, it'd be hard to give him any significant innings. Maybe a brief stint like 2011 Mike Fiers.
miketotheg (following up): how bout next season? seems like the Wolf buyout is inevitable.
BCB: Peralta has a strong chance of making the team in 2013, but I bet the team will bring in a vet and make him win a spot.
BCB: No, it's "SOUUUUUUUUP."
NoahJarosh: Which player has more fWAR at the end of the year, Mat Gamel or Jonathan Lucroy?
BCB: I'll take Gamel, just because I like Lucroy but I don't think he'll hit THAT well.
mcogs7: who do you expect to have a breakout year?
BCB: It's not really a breakout yr if you expect it. Aside from Gamel, most of the guys on this team are too established to "break out."
Bauerny: Brewer that will exceed everyones expectations this year?
BCB: I'm not sure there is one. I think everyone's expectations are pretty high this year.
Whats_on_2nd: how many hommers does braun & ramirez hit combined?
bearflash: Who would you rather? Greinke or Marcum? Greinke is better, but less issues and cheaper with Marcum...
BCB: If you're making a long commitment to one, it almost has to be Greinke at this point. Too many questions with Marcum.
NicoleHaase: how do I get a job where I'm off 2 Fridays in a row? :)
BCB: Having married well seems to help. Also, my dentist has every Friday off. So that's an option too.