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WMR
03-25-2008, 06:47 PM
These don't necessarily have to be positive (what fun would that be???).

What is/are your BOLD prediction(s) for the Cincinnati Reds franchise for the 2008 campaign? (Can deal with players, management, broadcast, WHATEVER)

WMR
03-25-2008, 06:50 PM
I'll say...

Aaron Harang finally reaches the plateau of 20 game winner with the addition of Cordero to the Pen.

HumnHilghtFreel
03-25-2008, 06:53 PM
The rotation will have four 10 game winners.

Adam Dunn will reach 50 homeruns.

Matt700wlw
03-25-2008, 06:55 PM
There will be 162 regular season games scheduled

fearofpopvol1
03-25-2008, 06:55 PM
Brandon Phillips hits 30/30 (again).

TRF
03-25-2008, 06:57 PM
The Reds BEST offensive player by years end will be Edwin Encarnacion.

The Reds will have three of the top 5 candidates for ROY, but will not have the ROY winner.

Harang will lead the league in K's. Cueto and Volquez will be in the top 15 in K's.

Jr. plays in 140 games, and finishes the season 23 HR's behind Mays.

The Reds win the NL Central outright.

reds44
03-25-2008, 06:59 PM
Johnny Cueto wins ROY.
The Reds have three pitchers in the all-star game.

OnBaseMachine
03-25-2008, 07:02 PM
Adam Dunn will hit a career high 48 homeruns and receive a new three year contract with an option for a fourth year.

Edinson Volquez will join Aaron Harang in the 200 strikeout department and become the first Reds duo in franchise history to strikeout 200+ batters in the same season.

Johnny Cueto will win the NL Rookie of the Year after posting an ERA under 3.50 and K/9 around 8.0 in 170 innings.

Jay Bruce and Joey Votto will combine to hit 40 homeruns in their rookie seasons.

rotnoid
03-25-2008, 07:10 PM
Mike Stanton will blow more games than he should be allowed before finally being let go sometime in mid to late May.

Adam Dunn will hit in the .270s with another 40 HR, 100 RBI, 100 R season, and that still won't be enough for some.

That season gets him 4 years guaranteed, but the Reds overpay at 4/72 plus a mutual option.

The Reds fall just short of the playoffs, but are in it to the last weekend.

Falls City Beer
03-25-2008, 07:16 PM
Patterson OBs .360. He chalks it up to Dusty's faith in him. :p:

Highlifeman21
03-25-2008, 07:22 PM
Brandon Phillips will join the 40/40 club. No, not that 40/40. The 40 DP and 40 BB club.

Adam Dunn will strikeout less than 150 times while playing in at least 150 games.

Ken Griffey, Jr will be traded before the trade deadline.

Brandon Phillips will win the NL GG @ 2B.

Corey Patterson will OBP North of .350, and OPS in the neighborhood of .800.

WMR
03-25-2008, 07:35 PM
Patterson OBs .360. He chalks it up to Dusty's faith in him. :p:

You just made me LOL. :laugh:

WMR
03-25-2008, 07:39 PM
The Reds BEST offensive player by years end will be Edwin Encarnacion.

My oh my how I wish Dusty would bat EE clean-up with KGJ providing protection behind him.

puca
03-25-2008, 08:59 PM
Josh Fogg becomes the new poster boy for Reds starting pitcher futility as he struggles to keep his ERA under 6.50 through May. Some of the most ardent anti-Belisle posters call for Josh to be replaced by Matt.

Corey Patterson manages to get 400 Abs in the leadoff spot despite sporting an OBP lower than .300.

Jay Bruce wins the IL MVP award.

I am completely about the first three predictions and the Reds make the playoffs.

Kent Mercker gets into a fistfight with the Cowboy after Brantley calls the entire bullpen a 'bunch of wussies that are afraid to throw strikesí.

The term 'stat geek' is ruled to be derogatory and its use on Redszone becomes a banish-able offense.

Ltlabner
03-25-2008, 09:13 PM
The RZ game threads will be chock full of hyperbole and rash statements.

While the chat-room will remain where the cool kids go to hang out (and play cyber "pull my finger")

Falls City Beer
03-25-2008, 09:24 PM
Josh Fogg becomes the new poster boy for Reds starting pitcher futility as he struggles to keep his ERA under 6.50 through May. Some of the most ardent anti-Belisle posters call for Josh to be replaced by Matt.

Corey Patterson manages to get 400 Abs in the leadoff spot despite sporting an OBP lower than .300.

Jay Bruce wins the IL MVP award.

I am completely about the first three predictions and the Reds make the playoffs.

Kent Mercker gets into a fistfight with the Cowboy after Brantley calls the entire bullpen a 'bunch of wussies that are afraid to throw strikesí.

The term 'stat geek' is ruled to be derogatory and its use on Redszone becomes a banish-able offense.

Is that a "bold" prediction?

jojo
03-25-2008, 09:27 PM
Both Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain will suffer season-ending injuries against the Reds.

Jr will suffer a season-ending injury against the Giants.

Matt700wlw
03-25-2008, 09:34 PM
Both Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain will suffer season-ending injuries against the Reds.

Jr will suffer a season-ending injury against the Giants.

In the same series?

That'd be a rough series.

Caveat Emperor
03-25-2008, 09:35 PM
Aaron Harang and Bronson Arroyo will combine to throw 475 innings -- with Harang leading the charge at 250 IP.

Both will see significant DL time in 2009.

jojo
03-25-2008, 09:39 PM
In the same series?

That'd be a rough series.

They have two series....

Matt700wlw
03-25-2008, 09:41 PM
They have two series....

I know...

VR
03-25-2008, 09:50 PM
Aaron Harang will lead the league in innings, k's and wins...and place 8th in the Cy Young voting.


On a serious note....I see Dusty getting overachievement out of these guys in year one to get them into the playoffs.

Always Red
03-25-2008, 09:53 PM
Bold?

EE has a break-out year.

Cueto ROY.

Dunn signs LTC.

And best of all...the Redlegs win 90 games, and gather steam for a BIG TIME run in 2009.

RFS62
03-25-2008, 10:00 PM
Reds lead wire to wire

Always Red
03-25-2008, 10:03 PM
I was only 7 years old in 1968, but this team is starting to remind me of the late 60's Reds...good things, very good things, on the horizon....

RedEye
03-25-2008, 10:20 PM
Bill Bray and Todd Coffey surprise in the bullpen, but Francisco Cordero disappoints.

Edinson Volquez places second on the team in innings pitched, behind Harang.

Adam Dunn hits fewer than 40 HR, but drives in over 115 runs.

Edwin Encarnacion goes in and out of Dusty's doghouse three times.

Jay Bruce arrives in June, starts by July.

Homer Bailey spends the year in AAA.

Corey Patterson leads the team in stolen bases.

*BaseClogger*
03-25-2008, 10:41 PM
Jeff Keppinger hits .330 with a .400 OBP...

but misses the all-star game...

Falls City Beer
03-25-2008, 10:53 PM
Jeff Keppinger hits .330 with a .400 OBP...

but misses the all-star game...

I think if Jeff Keppinger turns into Albert Pujols mixed with A-Rod (as you suggest), I think he'll make the All-Star game as a SS in the NL.

*BaseClogger*
03-25-2008, 10:55 PM
I think if Jeff Keppinger turns into Albert Pujols mixed with A-Rod (as you suggest), I think he'll make the All-Star game as a SS in the NL.

Jose Reyes
Hanley Ramirez
Jimmy Rollins

...and where did I say he would SLG .600?

Raisor
03-25-2008, 10:57 PM
Adam Dunn strikes out 250 times. Just out of spite.

Falls City Beer
03-25-2008, 10:58 PM
Jose Reyes
Hanley Ramirez
Jimmy Rollins

...and where did I say he would SLG .600?

Kepp could OPS 1.000 from the SS position and wouldn't deserve the AS spot over Ramirez, true.

OB .400 is crazy rare. That's all I'm saying. But the thread did say bold predictions.

George Anderson
03-26-2008, 12:51 AM
No cheap hot dog or half price ticket promotions.

With the Reds in contention most of the year the cheap promotions won't be needed!!

*BaseClogger*
03-26-2008, 12:57 AM
Kepp could OPS 1.000 from the SS position and wouldn't deserve the AS spot over Ramirez, true.

OB .400 is crazy rare. That's all I'm saying. But the thread did say bold predictions.

FWIW, 28 players had an OBP of .390 or better last season with at least 300 at-bats. That doesn't include Mr. Keppinger, who fell short of the 300 at-bat requirement...

Jpup
03-26-2008, 04:54 AM
Aaron Harang wins 20 and still only gets 3 votes for the Cy Young. Johan Santana wins the award before they throw the first pitch on Opening Day. ;)

I'll predict that Joey Votto has a huge season (25+ HR, 80+ RBIs, 20 SB).

Adam Dunn is traded before July 31. (I just can't see him staying around for the entire season if the Reds aren't willing to give him that extension before the season. I hope I am wrong.)

Ron Madden
03-26-2008, 05:56 AM
The Reds will be near/or at the .500 mark at the All Star break. Marty will begin his campaingn for Dusty as Manager Of The Year. (the rest of the local media will follow suite).

There will come a time during the season this club looses three or four games in a row. While the pitching staff gives up double digits in runs scored, Marty and Jeff will lay the blame at the feet of the teams batting average with runners in scoreing position. (the rest of the local media will follow suite).


We all know that errors are part of the game, this club will not go through the season without making errors. Marty and the local media will nail Edwin and Dunn to the cross for committing any such miscue.

Jeff Brantley will tell us whenever David Wheathers gives up a basehit on an 0-2 pitch that he's going right at the hitter and challenging him by throwing strikes. The Cowboy will then tell us whenever Belisle or Coffey give up a basehit on an 0-2 pitch that they choke and lack mental toughness.

Most of us will cling to every word of information we can get from the radio brodcast and local media because we are Reds Fans. Sure we will moan and groan but we will be right back here next year and the year after.

We can't help ourselves we love baseball and we love the Reds.

:)

mth123
03-26-2008, 06:51 AM
Jeff Brantley will tell us whenever David Weathers gives up a basehit on an 0-2 pitch that he's going right at the hitter and challenging him by throwing strikes. The Cowboy will then tell us whenever Belisle or Coffey give up a basehit on an 0-2 pitch that they choke and lack mental toughness.


This is the quote of the year.

Caveat Emperor
03-26-2008, 08:47 AM
At some point, the team (and many of its fans) will fall in love with a career minor leaguer for no apparent reason other than the fact that he seems to be running really hard when he does things.

Highlifeman21
03-26-2008, 10:06 AM
At some point, the team (and many of its fans) will fall in love with a career minor leaguer for no apparent reason other than the fact that he seems to be running really hard when he does things.

You can't mean Norris Hopper now, can you?

camisadelgolf
03-26-2008, 10:59 AM
Aaron Harang starts the season on a slump and ends the year with an ERA around 4.50. The new Reds' ace is declared to be Edinson Volquez.

vaticanplum
03-26-2008, 11:11 AM
The Reds will have a significantly better second half than first. They'll still finish third in the NL Central.

RedsManRick
03-26-2008, 11:38 AM
- Todd Coffey will have the best year of any righty in the pen this side of Cordero
- Brandon Phillips will regress to something like .270/.320/.420
- Junior will not get 400 PA
- Volquez will be our 2nd most effective starter
- The Reds will be clearly out of the playoffs by late August

princeton
03-26-2008, 11:47 AM
Stanton released, but Coffey/Weathers are so bad that we nickname them the New Stanton Twins

end of year third baseman: Adam Rosales

end of year CFer: Drew Stubbs

we discover that Adam Dunn really did have trade value

Josh Hamilton wins MVP and suffers his first heart attack

Juan Duran's severe struggles make him a board lightning rod (oh, wait-- that's not until next year)

Chip R
03-26-2008, 11:49 AM
At some point, the team (and many of its fans) will fall in love with a career minor leaguer for no apparent reason other than the fact that he seems to be running really hard when he does things.


The Reds will have a significantly better second half than first. They'll still finish third in the NL Central.


I thought these were supposed to be bold predictions? ;)

SMcGavin
03-26-2008, 11:56 AM
Bill Bray is the Reds' best reliever not named Cordero.
Jay Bruce doesn't see Cincinnati until September.
Alex Gonzalez comes back and has another surprisingly good season with the bat. Just like last year, nobody notices.
Cueto doesn't get to 150 IP.

cumberlandreds
03-26-2008, 12:03 PM
Roenicke will be brought up from the minors by June 1st and will be closer by the end of the season. Well, you wanted bold didn't you?

Will M
03-26-2008, 02:28 PM
My BOLD Prediction:

Dunn is gone by the All Star break and replaced by Bruce.

The Reds decide they won't pay Jr $4M to walk at the end of the season. When they can't trade Jr they trade Dunn instead.

redsrule2500
03-26-2008, 02:52 PM
The Reds will have a significantly better second half than first. They'll still finish third in the NL Central.

Mr. Sunshine strikes again!

My Predictions:

Bray has a breakthrough year, huge key component to the second half especially.
Dunn hits .280
Griffey struggles to maintain a .240 average

princeton
03-26-2008, 02:53 PM
Mr. Sunshine strikes again!


little Miss Sunshine, I think.

sing Superfreak for redsrule2500

Falls City Beer
03-26-2008, 02:59 PM
Don't blame me; I don't vote.

RedsBaron
03-27-2008, 07:27 AM
86 wins. I'm voting with my heart, not my head.

edabbs44
03-30-2008, 04:58 PM
Dunn improves from 2007 to 2008.

Burton is in the minors by June 1.

Cueto and Volquez bring life to the franchise, but experience the typical ups and downs of young pitchers. Many forget that they are young and become sour on them.

WayneWalt Inc. deals Votto for relief pitching in June.

AGon is a part timer upon his return.

Coffey is closer to his 2006 form than 2007.

Homer and Bruce spend the majority of the season in AAA.

klw
03-30-2008, 05:04 PM
90 wins. They take over 1st on May 12 and this year they hold off all comers. Phillips is voted the MVP due to his 2nd straight 30-30 year and high rbi numbers. Dunn has a higher OPS however. Harang goes 19-4, leads the NL in innings and K's, is in the top 5 in era and doesn't get a Cy Young vote.

jojo
03-30-2008, 05:33 PM
81 and 81...... good for third.

If both teams are perfectly healthy, the Cubs are 9 wins better.

The Reds are firmly in the "if everything breaks right" category though and irregardless we're going to see fun baseball with plenty of reason to watch and the general sense that the Reds time is coming.

Concerns (ignoring the ever present injury threat):
1. the pen
2. rotation #3-5
3. the offense

smith288
03-30-2008, 05:43 PM
Both Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain will suffer season-ending injuries against the Reds.

Jr will suffer a season-ending injury against the Giants.
If you have money riding on that prediction, i think ill keep a keen eye out for you near the dugouts in the Giants series holding anything resembling a weapon...

jojo
03-30-2008, 05:48 PM
If you have money riding on that prediction, i think ill keep a keen eye out for you near the dugouts in the Giants series holding anything resembling a weapon...

I don't bet and also hope all three players are injury free.

smith288
03-30-2008, 05:51 PM
I don't bet and also hope all three players are injury free.
Ominous. I was merely joking.

top6
03-30-2008, 05:55 PM
Reds finish 71-91.

I guess that's not that bold. So for my bold prediction, I'll go ahead and say that Griffey gets traded back to the Mariners this season and at long last gets his first ring.

But that's not really a bold prediction about the Reds, so I'll go ahead and say that in spite of the Reds' struggles Jeff Keppinger will be the Reds' lone All-Star representative (at shortstop) and will in general put together a monster, MVP-caliber year.

redsmetz
03-30-2008, 06:07 PM
I'm hesitant to pick a number. I'm really liking this team, but most everything needs to go right for us to have a chance at a good run. I think we'll stop the losing season streak, but can't decide on a number.

Kc61
03-30-2008, 06:20 PM
Reds win only 104 games because Dusty rests his regulars in September. Endison Volquez is edged out by the Mets' Santana for starter in the All-Star game and Endison also loses the Cy Young in a close vote. Will post Reds playoff predictions at a later time.

Reds4Life
03-30-2008, 06:21 PM
My prediction, Wayne Krivsky is fired by the All-Star break, replaced by Jocketty.

Junior is traded before the deadline, so is Dunn.

Hooligan
03-30-2008, 06:22 PM
88 Wins. Central title. Lose NL Championship series.