Originally Posted by Stray
I know there's a lot of differing opinions on it, but I think our offense is going to be really good next year. By good I mean the final product, they'll still be really frustrating at times. Without revamping the entire team I don't see how it is going to be fixed though. You gotta figure Cozart is going to give us a lot more than we had this year. Same with Heisey/Alonso or a cardboard cutout in LF. With Francisco and Rolen I also think we'll get more from 3B. That's improving an above average offense imo.
My biggest concern is our bullpen. I really have no faith in most of the guys we have...like none. The rotation needs help and I'd love to make a big deal for Shields. Our defense will be very good as usual, I just hope we have guys that can get people out.
I'm a homer obviously but I expect us to win the division next year. Especially with the unknowns in St. Louis and Milwaukee.
Cardinals have a much better offense and will again next year. Berkman back. I fully expect Pujols to be back. Holliday seemed like he missed a lot of time.
Cardinals have better pitching now and will add Wainwright.
If the Reds basically stand pat there will be no October baseball in the Queen City.
I am curious as to what you saw in the last two months of the season when the Reds were playing dreck and struggling that makes you think this team is bouncing back?