Ok, let's assume the worst that Brian Sabean is going to trade a young quality pitcher for Joe Crede. Let's assume that Jonathan Sanchez is going to be the young quality pitcher. But then let's put on our rose colored glasses and assume that the resulting veteran starting eight all have season's in 2008 that match their best season of the last two (2006 or 2007). Could not our pitching be good enought to compete with the following offense?
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