Originally Posted by Scrap Irony
You've got four guys, three of which have shown really good stuff in the majors, from the southpaw side, and you're worried?
I think you're borrowing trouble.
But Rhodes and Herrera are likely in for a worse perfromance than 2009. Bray is a question mark and Viola just isn't very good IMO. Viola really is what Homer Bailey's detractors always professed him to be - a guy who doesn't know where its going and to get it over he needs to take enough off that the HR allowed skyrocket. The big difference is Homer was in the big leagues working through it at 20 while Viola will be 27 this season and still doesn't know where its going.
I'm not so much worried as pointing out that 2010 is likely to show worse performance from the left side than 2009. Long term, I really like Thurman and Joseph with Valiquette and whichever starters move to the pen as wild cards. Herrera could continue to be a nice different look type, but many times those types flame out quickly. If Rhodes starts to go south with age or is dealt and the novelty of Herrera wears off, this team could be lacking for a while. Heck even if Rhodes is still very solid, a repeat of his exceptional 2009 is unlikely. If Bray comes all the way back he could take up the slack, but if he doesn't the Reds don't really have anyone else ready for 2010.
The RH side doesn't have those problems with Fisher, Ondrusek and Del Rosario all looking like they could step in at any time.