Originally Posted by Will M
imo a lot of things have gone right this year.
the two catchers have a combined OPS+ of 116. Ramon will be 35 next year.
Joey has had an MVP season.
Rolen's OPS+ is 135, way above his recent performances. he'll be 36 next year.
The five main bench guys have OPS+ between 100 & 115.
in fact the only guys on the team that i think will be better offensively in 2011than in 2010 are Stubbs & Bruce. i feel the team could use a thumper in left field to help score runs over the long season. Alonso is unproven. he is an unknown for his career & a big big unknown for 2011.
This is why I wanted the team to go for it this year at the deadline. Lots of career years and doubtful to be repeated performances. Bruce stepping up will hopefully offset a decline from Rolen, but I'm not convinced that we won't see drops at C, 2B and some of the bench guys. A big middle of the order presence in LF would offset a lot of that. I'm not sure that the Reds can really afford it though.