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Ron Madden
02-09-2011, 03:50 AM
Reds ranked the 5th best team in MLB by The SportingNews.

http://www.sportingnews.com/mlb/feed/2011-02/mlb-power-poll-2011/story/mlb-power-poll-giants-dethroned-before-spring-arrives

They may be under-rating the Milwaukee Brewers here. I would think they are much better than number 18.

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edabbs44
02-09-2011, 06:59 AM
And all this with no moves made this offseason? Wow!

;)

GADawg
02-09-2011, 08:43 AM
i always love when the Reds get a little love and in my eyes they deserve to be ranked in that vicinity but that whole thing seemed to be thrown together pretty quickly

Jpup
02-09-2011, 10:12 AM
Rockies, A's, and Brewers need to be moved up. If I were to pick the top 10 right now, it would be:

1. Boston
2. Philly
3. New York Yankees
4. San Francisco
5. Texas
6. Cincinnati
7. Atlanta
8. Minnesota
9. Colorado
10. St. Louis

Mario-Rijo
02-09-2011, 10:34 AM
Rockies, A's, and Brewers need to be moved up. If I were to pick the top 10 right now, it would be:

1. Boston
2. Philly
3. New York Yankees
4. San Francisco
5. Texas
6. Cincinnati
7. Atlanta
8. Minnesota
9. Colorado
10. St. Louis


Texas in front of us? I'd disagree with that, no Cliff Lee, Vlad or possibly Young. Though I do think Beltre will be a force in that lineup/park. And though I know they won I still don't believe in S.F., they have the pitching but that offense still seems like they were mostly lucky.

Without putting much thought into it I'd go with this at the moment.

1. Boston
2. Philly
3. NYY
4. Cincy
5. St. Louis
6. Minny
7. Tampa
8. S.F.
9. Texas
10. LAA/Col

_Sir_Charles_
02-09-2011, 11:36 AM
I see several things that I'd change there. Firstly, no way I'd have the Yankees that high. Yes, their offense & bullpen are stellar...but that rotation is awfully thin. It's going to hurt them considerably. And the Cards...I'd have them MUCH lower. Their pitching depth is going to cost them considerably as will their bottom of the league defense. I'm also not convinced of their offense either. Sure, Poo-holes & Holiday are going to be forces...but after that...iffy. Berkman is not an impact player anymore. Lastly, the Brewers should be much higher. Probably top 10 at least.

Ghosts of 1990
02-09-2011, 11:44 AM
I guess I should stop thinking it's a given that we finish in 3rd in the central this year "just because". We have the firepower to really get it going this year. No reason to think that we won't. This is refreshing to see. On a national type publication standpoint.

I(heart)Freel
02-09-2011, 11:48 AM
This always scares me. I like my teams to be disrespected in the national pubs. Gives them a chip on their shoulder, a fire.

At least make Milwaukee the favorite in the Central. Give the Reds some bulletin board material.

membengal
02-09-2011, 11:54 AM
It's hard for me to imagine a reality where a pre-season power rankings for baseball gives a team "bulletin board material".

I(heart)Freel
02-09-2011, 02:01 PM
It's hard for me to imagine a reality where a pre-season power rankings for baseball gives a team "bulletin board material".

Sorry you took that literally.

membengal
02-09-2011, 02:09 PM
Sorry, how else was I to take it? Just responding to what was written. I have a hard time imagining baseball teams really getting any emotional charge for a 162 game grind over where they are picked pre-season. Baseball is just so different from the NFL in that respect.

fearofpopvol1
02-09-2011, 03:48 PM
There is no way the Brewers should be rated 18. They are and will be better than that.

bucksfan2
02-09-2011, 04:33 PM
There is no way the Brewers should be rated 18. They are and will be better than that.

Getting off to a fast start is imperative for the Brewers this season. If they don't get off to a fast start I think you will see a fire sale.

IMO there is a lot to like about what they did this off season but there still are some serious questions to be asked.

fearofpopvol1
02-09-2011, 07:06 PM
Getting off to a fast start is imperative for the Brewers this season. If they don't get off to a fast start I think you will see a fire sale.

IMO there is a lot to like about what they did this off season but there still are some serious questions to be asked.

Great offense, very good rotation, a great closer. There are some legitimate defensive concerns and even some pen concerns, but they are well positioned. 18 seems a bit of a stretch.

Screwball
02-10-2011, 12:19 AM
Great offense, very good rotation, a great closer. There are some legitimate defensive concerns and even some pen concerns, but they are well positioned. 18 seems a bit of a stretch.

Agreed. The more I think about it, the more that team scares me. Milwaukee's gonna be a tough team to beat for the division this year.

edabbs44
02-10-2011, 11:17 AM
Great offense, very good rotation, a great closer. There are some legitimate defensive concerns and even some pen concerns, but they are well positioned. 18 seems a bit of a stretch.

I think Axford has a while before we can call him a great closer.

camisadelgolf
02-10-2011, 11:35 AM
I think Axford has a while before we can call him a great closer.
He has the mustache--what else does a great closer need?