Re: Gonelong's Annual Prediction Thread - Sundeck Style
In 2010 a lot of things went right on the field. In 2011 the Reds made no effort to improve, add that with a lot of things going wrong on the field and the Cardinals miracle comeback and you have a disappointing season.
I think the Reds now have the pitching with Latos, and with Heisey/Ludwick replacing all of the K's we got from Gomes, and the superior Cozart (NL rookie of the year candidate) at short, our offense will be even better than last year. I also expect Jay Bruce to have a great year, Votto to do slightly better than last year. Stubbs should also bounce back and do better than he did previously, and disastrously last season.This team is much better, with or without Madson, than it was in 2010.
Add that to drama in Milwaukee with Braun and Fielder leaving for the Tigers, and the Cardinals without Pujols, LaRussa, Duncan and possibly Carpenter...that all increases the Reds chances. So I'm predicting 93 wins and an NL Central crown. In the post season they'll barely scrape by and win the final game of the ALDS, but lose in the ALCS.
Here's to hoping I'm right about everything but that last part!