Originally Posted by OnBaseMachine
Agreed. The Reds basically had a league average pitching staff last year (Team ERA+ of 99) despite having Josh Fogg, Gary Majewski, Matt Belisle combine for 150ish innings of pure suckitude. Homer Bailey also struggled mightily and our ace struggled due to an injury. With seemingly the same solid bullpen (plus Roenicke), the health of Harang, and improvement of Cueto, I expect this pitching staff to be above average assuming the defense is improved. If Jocketty can put together a league average offense then I could see the 2009 Reds playing meaningful games late into the season.
True, but what about the possibility that we get the Volquez of the 2nd half as opposed to the Volquez from the 1st half?
I'd say we'd be lucky to get a combo of the two, but the possibilty exists that he doesn't put up the same numbers in 2009. His first 10 or so starts were ridiculous.