Re: The Reds team how it is now
I may not make a regular season game but will watch everyone one on MLBTV and I am going to spring training. How could you not want to watch the continued development of the young guys. To me the most enjoyable part of last season was the last couple months when Dickerson and Hannigan and some of the others were getting results.
I don't think they'll contend for the division. Chicago's too strong. Wild card - maybe. 4 things could concievably happen that would make September games matter.
1. Cueto builds on last year's experience and takes a huge step forward. He regularly gets through innings 4,5, and 6 like he did 1,2, and 3 last year. Harang, Volquez and Cueto form a starting trio with sub 4 ERA's and give the Reds a solid chance to win every night regardless of who's on the mound for the other team.
2. Jay Bruce is our big impact bat. Jay builds on last year's experience and breaks out with an OPS around 900. Bruce and Votto form 2 of the best offensive pairs in the league. They become our Braun/Fielder, Lee/Ramirez, Berkman/Lee, Howard/Utley, Holiday/Helton (ok that one's gone now). You get the drift. I can see this happening and I'm sure Joey and Jay can too.
3. Dickerson and Keppinger/Hairston (take your pick) combine to form a platoon in LF that OPS's above 800. Dickerson should never sit against a right handed pitcher. He'll vastly improve the defense and add power to the lineup. Keppinger looks like an all star against left handed pitching - check out his splits even last year when he struggled. Hairston, I hope spends more time in center and puts Willie in a pinch runner role.
4. Edwin. He powered up a bit last year. I think he's 26 this year. Coming into prime years. He is our cleanup hitter. .280 30 HR 90 RBI sounds reachable. Edwin is the key to the offense in my opinion. If he does this, they'll be fine and we'll be watching baseball instead of football in Sept.