I don't see how in the World it's possible for this team to win less than 85 games...

Here's why.....

I think I'm being pretty conservative here....

Volquez....................17 Wins

Harang.....................16 Wins

Arroyo......................13 Wins

Cueto.......................12 Wins

Owings.......................8 Wins

Bailey.........................5 Wins

That right there is 71 Wins. I expect the remaining Pitchers that will put in significant time with the team to average 2 Wins each.

Nick Masset (R)............2 Wins

Daryl Thompson (R).......2 Wins

Francisco Cordero (R)....2 Wins

Jared Burton (R)...........2 Wins

David Weathers (R).......2 Wins

Arthur Rhodes (L).........2 Wins

Bill Bray (L)..................2 Wins

Mike Lincoln (R)............2 Wins

Ramon Ramirez (R)........2 Wins

Josh Roenicke (R).........2 Wins

Aaron Fultz (L).............2 Wins

Daniel Herrera (L)..........2 Wins

That's another 24 wins for a total of 95 Wins. And, I thought those were very conservative estimates. I see about 5 wins from Daryl Thompson. Harang may not get 8 wins, so a big dropoff could go there. Volquez might not win 10 games, so a big dropoff could go there.

But, my point is that our starting pitchers are among the 7 best staffs in all of baseball.

If I wanted to be really conservative and account for possible injuries and poor hitting, I could go like this:

Volquez....................15 Wins

Harang.....................13 Wins

Arroyo......................12 Wins

Cueto.......................12 Wins

Owings.......................6 Wins

Bailey.........................4 Wins

Thompson...................5 Wins

But, that's still 67 Wins, and assuming the remaining pitchers average 2 Wins each that would still add 22 Wins to the 67 for a Total of 89 Wins.

We are last year's Arizona Diamondbacks. Outstanding Starting pitching every game without a ton of power and a lot of youth in the lineup.

They threw 9 shutouts. They were shutout 6 times themselves. They led their division for 136 Days, before fading. Their longest losing streak was 6. Their longest winning streak was 8. They got off to a red-hot start and were 20-8 (lost 2 of 3 to the REDS Opening Weekend) at the end of April, before finishing 82-80, 2 games out of 1st place as Miracle Manny overtook them. (They went 4-15 from Aug 22-Sep 14)

With our great starting pitching, we have a really great chance to have a really fast start.

Re: I don't see how in the World it's possible for this team to win less than 85 game

Unfortunately as it looks right now, I'll take the under on Harang

Re: I don't see how in the World it's possible for this team to win less than 85 game

or worst case scenario...

Volquez--13

Harang--9

Arroyo--10

Cueto--10

4th combined--8

50 Wins + the 24 relief wins = 74 wins (coincedentally last years win total)

So, your conservative best case scenario of 95 wins and my worst case scenario (a scenario I've gotten used to in Cincinnati) of 74 wins averaged out and totalled is.......

84.5 wins

I would say it's pretty realistic for us to finish under 85 wins. But I like what you've done. It does give me more hope. But should one set oneself up for failure? Not my style.

http://www.jeromesredscare.blogspot.com

Re: I don't see how in the World it's possible for this team to win less than 85 game

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Originally Posted by

**Jerome**
or worst case scenario...

Volquez--13

Harang--9

Arroyo--10

Cueto--10

4th combined--8

50 Wins + the 24 relief wins = 74 wins (coincedentally last years win total)

So, your conservative best case scenario of 95 wins and my worst case scenario (a scenario I've gotten used to in Cincinnati) of 74 wins averaged out and totalled is.......

84.5 wins

I would say it's pretty realistic for us to finish under 85 wins. But I like what you've done. It does give me more hope. But should one set oneself up for failure? Not my style.

http://www.jeromesredscare.blogspot.com

You've hit it on the head if Harang has a year like I'm afraid he will. If he bounces back to the 16 wins, we'll hit the 85 win mark.

Re: I don't see how in the World it's possible for this team to win less than 85 game

Well, if you want to analyze it by pitcher wins (and I wouldn't), I wouldn't call it conservative. I'd call it extremely optimistic. Last year we had two pitchers with double digit win figures. One of them (Arroyo 15-11) had an awful ERA (4.77) that was the same as (6-17) Harang. Even your "conservative" scenario has all pitchers #1-#5 at double digit wins. That's not a conservative scenario.

FWIW, there were 40 pitchers in the NL who won 10+ games last year. 15 teams of course. Only 24 NL pitchers had 12 or more wins (which is the minimum you are projecting for our #1 to #5 spots).

But it is spring and I am getting hopeful too . . . I think the pitching is pretty good but I don't know how the offense will be. It seems like they should be improved when I think about the positions and player development, but I remember some painful low scoring games after Dunn and Griffey departed.

Re: I don't see how in the World it's possible for this team to win less than 85 game

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Originally Posted by

**wojo1025**
Unfortunately as it looks right now, I'll take the under on Harang

I agree, I'm starting to wonder about Harang. I look for Edinson to have a solid year, but 17 is tough to expect. I could see Cueto with more than 12 however.

Re: I don't see how in the World it's possible for this team to win less than 85 game

The original posters projections look good. However, sometimes the "wins" may depend on run support/ Blown saves etc.

Example is last season, Harang should have had a few more wins early but got little run support. Cueto as well.

I will be happy though with the original projections. ;)

Re: I don't see how in the World it's possible for this team to win less than 85 game

i like your enthusiasm....but it is very possible for this team to finish under 85 wins....Volquez ends up with the sophomore jinx....injuries.....BPhill tanks as the clean up hitter....Encarnacion continues to underachieve...

Re: I don't see how in the World it's possible for this team to win less than 85 game

Trying to project a team's record this way is not effective. A better way is to project how many runs the team will score, based on the projected lineup, and how many they will give up. Then use the Pythagorean formula to project W/L. If the Reds have good defense, team speed, "baseball IQ", clutch factor, etc; they might finish with a record slightly better than the Pythagorean.

That methgod is also more or less meaningless. No one really knows if Jay Bruce is going to be 34/105/.295 or 21/81/.275. And no knows if Volquez is going to be as good as last year, or even better, or the sophomore jinx. Cueto is a HUGE unknown. On the one hand he has maybe the best stuff on the staff. But he wasn't really all that good last year.

I am excited to watch a little baseball this year and I hope the Reds win some games.

Re: I don't see how in the World it's possible for this team to win less than 85 game

The Reds are going to break through this streak sometime. 2009? Why not.

Re: I don't see how in the World it's possible for this team to win less than 85 game

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Volquez....................17 Wins

Harang.....................16 Wins

Arroyo......................13 Wins

Cueto.......................12 Wins

Owings.......................8 Wins

Bailey.........................5 Wins

If that happens I'll never post again... Also, you gotta watch that drunk posting. :D

Re: I don't see how in the World it's possible for this team to win less than 85 game

I'm quite confident in those pitchers you list. It's Tavares and Dickerson that hold the key to going 85+ IMO.

Re: I don't see how in the World it's possible for this team to win less than 85 game

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Originally Posted by

**Nasty_Boy**
If that happens I'll never post again... Also, you gotta watch that drunk posting. :D

Friends don't let friends post drunk. :p:

Re: I don't see how in the World it's possible for this team to win less than 85 game

To have 4 pitchers win over 10 games each will never happen. It just won't.

Re: I don't see how in the World it's possible for this team to win less than 85 game

Yeh those projections are a little high, I think our pitchers may pitch well enough to win that many games but if our offense doesnt score run it wont matter. i could see alot of 1-0, 2-1 type of games this year.