Originally Posted by texasdave
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?
The last two months were playing our young guys though. It's why I was against going to that earlier in the year because I fully expected the team to struggle once we did it. Not that we were playing great before then obviously, but I don't put much weight in the overall teams performance. I was mainly curious how the guys were doing on an individual level. Francisco showed us a lot, a hurt Alonso showed us a lot, and Heisey gave Walt a big decision. Mes struggled but of all of the guys I expected it from him more because he has the double duty of having to work with a pitching staff at this level. We also had some guys who looked like they went into offseason mode which is inexcusable...just what it looked like.
If Pujols is back in Stl I would change my mind, I don't think it's gonna happen though. Their rotation isn't that much better than ours. Edwin Jackson is a FA, Carpenter had a down year and is aging, Westbrook is really hit or miss....but you're right they do get Wainwright back which is a big boost.