Although Hudson will not be the Opening Day starter, most expect him to be the team's best pitcher in 2011. After coming over from the White Sox in the Edwin Jackson trade, Hudson went 7-1 with a 1.69 ERA over 11 starts with the Diamondbacks. I'm not sure if he can limit the walks and home runs as well as he did last year, but he should still be a very good pitcher in 2011.]]>
Montero should back from his injury-plagued 2010 season with a solid 2011 campaign. It is likely that he will bat in the middle of the lineup against RHP, which should give him plenty of RBI opportunities.
If all goes well, Blanco should not see significant playing time in 2011. He should get a start or two per week, preferably against LHP, but will often be pinch-hit or pinch-run for in the late innings even when he does start. If an injury occurs to Montero, the team would probably bring up Konrad Schmidt or John Hester to play every day over Blanco.]]>