Originally Posted by Vottomatic
I don't see the Cards pitching staff being as dominant now that the great pitching coach, whose name escapes me momentarily, retired the season before last. Duncan. There it is.
I see a regression.
And if Beltran is injured most of the season, there will be a huge hole in the middle of that lineup which usually results in other hitters trying to do too much.
I keep saying it here but I'm going to say it again. If you're a fan of the Reds, you do not want Beltran to get injured because that means Oscar Taveras gets called up. He, in my opinion, is a game changer. You see him take AB's in spring training and you can see why he's regarded the best hitting prospect in the minors. He has an insanely good batting eye from what I've seen.
Besides, Beltran generally hits second and you still would have Holliday, Craig, and Molina hitting. Those players carried the team last year when Beltran cooled off.