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Ga_Red
03-16-2007, 11:33 AM
1) Surprises
a..Hamilton...has made the 25. Must be seen to be believed.
b..Burton......lights out; 95 wi 88 slider and command. there must be some kinda downside for a team not to protect him, I know, but he has shown none of it in ST. gets ahead, fearless, slider breaks 2 feet it looks like, I say he goes north at least until Maz comes off the dl. Hermanson will get first shot at closer, imo, Burton the dude to go to when a K is essential.
c. Stanton...is fat, lacks stamina if more than a batter or two,. He and Cromier should be traded or shipped out
d...our new dp combo can put on a show, big time
e...the candidates for the #5 spot and the bp are an exceptional crop by any Red's standards in recent years, another feather in WK's cap, imo
f...Hopper, Wise, Crosby and Deno in the outfield, Gil, Janish, Keppinger and Votto in the infield along with the solid pitching have won a bunch of the Reds games in late innings, last night's 3-2 walkoff a prime example. Says
good things offensively about our non-starters...is worrisome re starters...both catchers below the Mendoza, etc...
g...opening day pitching staff??(12)
AH, BA, EM, KL, MB and
Sarloos, Coffee, Burton, Weathers, Hermanson
Bray, Livingston
h...pos players (13)
8 starters, plus Ross
Castro, Hamilton, Denorfia. Conine
i....more later, off to the game

Jpup
03-16-2007, 06:51 PM
I haven't got to watch much this spring, but I keep hearing how good the bullpen is going to be. It makes you wonder why the Reds can't go out and get, at least, one good starter to go along with what they already have. I think the Reds are a couple pitchers and a big bat with some thunder away from being winners and possible making the playoffs.

It's time for Krivsky to make some deals for those things mentioned above.

KoryMac5
03-16-2007, 08:29 PM
Burton sounds like a steal, I was able to watch him pitch vs. the Yankees and I honestly haven't seen a slider that good from a reliever since Dibble. I think this bullpen could be special with Bray, Coffey, Salmon and Burton. The Reds need to play their cards right and cut the dead weight for those young live arms.

RedsManRick
03-16-2007, 09:10 PM
Burton sounds like another Ryan Wagner with better command. I love that for once we're gonna be leaving solid options in AAA. This team hasn't been this deep in ages. Krivksy isn't perfect. But I definitely feel like he's gotta a much better grasp on talent evaluation than past administrations.

Falls City Beer
03-16-2007, 10:55 PM
Burton sounds like another Ryan Wagner with better command. I love that for once we're gonna be leaving solid options in AAA. This team hasn't been this deep in ages. Krivksy isn't perfect. But I definitely feel like he's gotta a much better grasp on talent evaluation than past administrations.

The Reds are a lot of things; "deep" isn't one of them. In fact, that's exactly their problem. They burn brightly at the top in all categories (Harang, Arroyo in the starters' category; Coffey in bullpen; Dunn and Encarnacion in the offensive camp); trouble is, the dropoff from those guys is so precipitous it's absurd. I don't see a single solid option at AAA besides Bailey (for the pen).

Marc D
03-16-2007, 11:29 PM
I don't usually fall on the optamist side of things but I do feel this team has overall better depth for this simple reason. The guys on the fringe of making the 25 man roster are legit MLB players. Up untill very recently our 25 man has been replete with guys who were not. I'm not sold on WK yet but he does get some credit from me for this(for whatever thats worth ;) ).

KySteveH
03-19-2007, 12:24 AM
The Reds are a lot of things; "deep" isn't one of them. In fact, that's exactly their problem. They burn brightly at the top in all categories (Harang, Arroyo in the starters' category; Coffey in bullpen; Dunn and Encarnacion in the offensive camp); trouble is, the dropoff from those guys is so precipitous it's absurd. I don't see a single solid option at AAA besides Bailey (for the pen).

I would put Phillips in the "solid" category, both offense and defense.

Highlifeman21
03-20-2007, 01:30 PM
I would put Phillips in the "solid" category, both offense and defense.

Defensively, yes.

Offensively, let's see if he can repeat his 2006 "success".

KySteveH
03-20-2007, 03:55 PM
Defensively, yes.

Offensively, let's see if he can repeat his 2006 "success".

Fair enough. He's one of several players who are real "x" factors this year. Some days I think if Ross, Phillips, Arroyo, Griff, and Valentin have years like 2007, this team will be fine. Most days, I realize that's not going to happen. One or more of them will regress/tank/get hurt.