Originally Posted by dougdirt
Bruce not having a .222 BABIP would be a great start. Top that off with Bruce getting 150 starts. Homer Bailey pitching like a #3 pitcher for 190 innings. Johnny Cueto doing something similar. Drew Stubbs playing instead of Willy Taveras.
Those are the things that will make or break the Reds 2010 season.
I think that there are honest question marks about the entire outfield, offensively, and playing time. Of course the question of ss. I also think that the team has real concerns about the starting pitching one through five and what those combinations will bring, performance, production wise and consistency from their perspective starts. Through it all we have to somewhat ignore or omit any discussion on a good bench for the Reds.
Regarding the players, and questions being a masked way of saying that we don’t know if they will overcome their underachiever status to date, without being unkind and saying chances are they won’t.
So if the widgets produced by the players don’t push the production stats upward toward a more positive direction that matches or overcomes the competition, well, I am not sure that any GM, Bowden, O’Brien, Krivsky, Jocketty or the short term interim that they had, even though I think he brought in Harang in a trade with Oakland, I not am sure any GM can truly improve this team under the chief executive officers of a Lindner or a Castellini.
What I get from reading you on the minor league boards (respectfully) is that there are some genuine reasons and comparisons regarding players making it or not at the MLB level, and that some are just not capable of being more than they are at the time of your reports. So from that perception I get that the entire Reds outfield, ss, and 3/5’s of the Reds starting pitching might be some of those that can serve a purpose but not actually obtain the greater heights that the team needs to reach greater goals than what has been the result under the multiple general managers and the chief executive officers, Castellini, and Lindner.
I think that 2010 could be a good growth and development year if the player resources are utilized in a manner that produces that type of outcome. Certainly with Mr. Baker, several players will get opportunities to play sporadically, and of course the DL and potential injury time is there to give other’s a chance to perform, which could prove to be beneficial in future seasons.
Those numbers up above, one way or another have to show improvement before, the tenure of Jocketty can claim improvement legitimately and even then he might have to share joint credit with the ill-fated GM’s previously under the hand of Castellini and Lindner.