Originally Posted by M2
1. Wladimir Balentien having a good season.
2. The top two spots in the lineup getting on base.
3. Brandon Phillips having his best season ever vs. RHPs.
Holy crap do my eyes deceive me, M2 is back? I was just getting ready to put out a WAHT M2 thread. Glad to see ya.
On the topic at hand I gotta 1st ask Keys for what? Keys for a winning season or Keys to deep playoffs? I think we are likely to do one but not the other obviously. And since I believe Bruce isn't an "if" but a sure thing, I am gonna go a different route here. My expectations for most guys/spots are basically what they done last year without a ton of variation. The others are Bruce (who I expect to have a great season) and a few wildcards, those being Bailey, Gomes, Stubbs and Balentein. I think i'm on the fence with the latter 3 leaning towards them not doing real well. Bailey is the one guy whom I don't really know what to expect so I think if he does well and the bench improves as we go forward as well as the decision makers not wasting a ton of time bringing up guys (Heisey, Frazier etc.) when others struggle then I feel good about the season being a winning one.