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mbgrayson
02-28-2007, 12:41 AM
Today there is a Baseball Prospectus story titled "Hope and Faith-How the Cincinnati Reds Can Win the World Series". This is a subscription based story, online HERE (http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=5912&PHPSESSID=cd66e60513dba659fa8b08de0a363638).

I shouldn't post the whole thing, but the article lists five factors:

1. Homer Bailey 2. Adam Dun comeback 3. Keep finding cheap talent 4. Alex Gonzalaez's defense 5. Joey Votto at first....

Here is a fair use quote:
"While the Reds certainly have many question marks, they have many reasons to be optimistic. If at least a few of these marginal improvements occur, then the team could win 85-90 games, which might be good enough to win the NL Central. Once they get to the playoffs, a top three of Harang, Arroyo, and Bailey might be enough to get the job done. It's enough to give Reds fans reason to hope."

Falls City Beer
02-28-2007, 09:33 AM
Today there is a Baseball Prospectus story titled "Hope and Faith-How the Cincinnati Reds Can Win the World Series". This is a subscription based story, online HERE (http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=5912&PHPSESSID=cd66e60513dba659fa8b08de0a363638).

I shouldn't post the whole thing, but the article lists five factors:

1. Homer Bailey 2. Adam Dun comeback 3. Keep finding cheap talent 4. Alex Gonzalaez's defense 5. Joey Votto at first....

Here is a fair use quote:
"While the Reds certainly have many question marks, they have many reasons to be optimistic. If at least a few of these marginal improvements occur, then the team could win 85-90 games, which might be good enough to win the NL Central. Once they get to the playoffs, a top three of Harang, Arroyo, and Bailey might be enough to get the job done. It's enough to give Reds fans reason to hope."


Hey, I like that top three in the rotation as much as the next guy, but then there's the offense. And the bullpen. Ugh.

jojo
02-28-2007, 09:39 AM
Certainly Redsfans have reason to hope but if you read all of the things they have to hope will happen in order for the team to win 85-90 games, the scenario offered by Jeff Erickson really implies some praying wouldn't hurt either...

Since praying will be required, how about some sacrifices too.... maybe a some Cubs and Cardinals could be offered?

Johnny Footstool
02-28-2007, 12:10 PM
Since praying will be required, how about some sacrifices too.... maybe a some Cubs and Cardinals could be offered?

The Cubs usually take care of that on their own.

How about sacrificing some Astros instead?

Jr's Boy
03-01-2007, 12:55 AM
The Cubs usually take care of that on their own.

How about sacrificing some Astros instead?


Cardinals first in the sacrificial fire.