Re: Keys for the 2010 Reds
1. Health is always one of the biggest keys. Hopefully the Reds can stay a lot healthier this season than last year when they were just devastated by injuries. We need 130+ games out of Scott Rolen and 150+ from Jay Bruce and Joey Votto. Same with Brandon Phillips.
2. The return of Aaron Harang to his 2005-2007 form. Harang wasn't bad last year (102 ERA+) but the Reds need him to stay healthy and get back to throwing 200+ innings with an above average ERA. Hopefully the Reds can resist running him out there after a rain delay or on two days rest.
3. Homer Bailey, Jay Bruce, and Johnny Cueto. I hate to put even more pressure on them but all three are huge keys to the Reds success in 2010. If Bailey and Bruce carry over their success from late 2009, and if Cueto can pitch like he did for most of 2009 except for about 8-10 starts in the middle of the season, then the Reds could be looking at 86+ wins, IMO.
4. Left field. Can someone step up and win the the left field job? I'd love nothing more than to see a guy like Wladimir Balentien start to realize his potential and win the job. He's got the potential to be a 25-30 HR and .850 OPS hitter. If he were to come anywhere close to those numbers then the Reds offense should be well above average.