Originally Posted by PuffyPig
I"m with OBM on both accounts.
IMO it's the best rotation possible for the Reds - the one that will give the Reds the best chance of winning. Volquez is primed for a breakout, I'm already on record as stating I think he'll be the Reds second best starter behind Harang by the end of the year. I think he's going to give us 180 innings of sub 4.00 ERA ball and strikeout roughly 8.0 batters per nine innings. Johnny Cueto - coming into the spring, I thought Cueto was a longshot to make this team. Then Dusty Baker started praising Cueto and made the comment that some of the young pitchers could make the team out of the bullpen as opposed to being sent to AAA Louisville. That is when I started thinking Cueto would make the team...as a reliever and then eased into the rotation. Now, after recent performances by Cueto and further praise from basically everyone who has seen him pitch this spring, it really wouldn't surprise me at all if Cueto is in the Opening Day rotation behind Volquez, hopefully. Send Homer Bailey to Louisville for more seasoning and if he dominates, call him up in the summer if Belisle is struggling.