A short Yahoo paragraph has me thinking...which would you rather have to start the season:
Basically, you're choosing 2 of Taveras, Burke, and Palmeiro for the month or so until Berkman returns. The easy way out is to say Burke is a much better prospect than Taveras (he is), so we go with Option 1 or 2. Then I'd say I would rather see Taveras get a shot than Palmeiro, so I like Option 1. This would give us a probable Opening Day lineup of something like:
Maybe you switch Everett and Taveras, or bat Taveras leadoff; it doesn't really matter that much.
The only thing is, the Yahoo report seemed to assume that it would come down to EITHER Taveras or Burke winning a starting job, because the Astros would "like to shift Biggio back to 2nd if Taveras wins the CF job to start the season." Well, frankly, that sucks, and it means we'd be going with Option 2, and essentially be choosing Palmeiro over Burke for a starting position. I've said it before, and I've said it again: Craig Biggio has said many times in the past that he's a team player, that he'll do what the team needs to do, etc., etc. Well, it's time to pay up, Bidge, and play outfield - at the very least until Lance comes back. Otherwise our Opening Day starting RF will have a career .348 SLG%.
Oh, and Notre Dame got screwed. Northern Iowa???? What crap.