Re: More talent: Reds or Cardinals?
Originally Posted by WildcatFan
Let's break it down.
Catcher: Yadier all day. Best in the league not named Buster.
First Base: Big advantage Reds.
Second Base: I take the Reds, but it's closer than you might think. Matt Carpenter is showing his potential at the plate.
Third Base: Advantage Cards, but a big year from Frazier could make this at least a tie.
Shortstop: Who knows? It's probably a wash, but I'll give a slight edge to Cozart because of glove and experience.
Left field: Holliday, Holliday, Holliday. Even when Ludwick is healthy.
Center field: Give me Choo seven days a week and twice Sundays. I know the defensive range is horrendous, but that dude flat rakes.
Right field: Beltran. It pains me to say that, but Bruce just isn't there yet. Now that Beltran has been relatively healthy the last couple years, you've got to take him.
#1 Starter: Wainwright is trying to make me choose him, but I'll take Cueto by a braid. Open to criticism here.
#2 Starter: Latos over Garcia, and it's not particularly close.
#3 Starter: I'm giving a tie to Westbrook and Arroyo. We know who Bronson is--I'm not sure we've seen the real Jake Westbrook recently. Smoke and mirrors.
#4 Starter: Probably Lynn, although some of his K/BB success is probably due to coming from the pen. It's close. Homer could prove me wrong.
#5 Starter: I feel confident just saying Shelby Miller by a mile. Any objections? I didn't think so.
Bullpen: We don't even need to break this one down. Reds pen makes the Cards pen look like the Bad News Bears.
After a completely arbitrary tally system, I'll give a slight edge to the Reds, but there's a reason these two have been battling for the better part of four seasons. A worthy rival, that's for sure. Feel free to rip my rankings--I did this in like 6 minutes.
I give Phillips a bigger edge. Best second baseman in the game, IMO. I'll also take Bruce over Beltran, unless Beltran is going to revert back to the player he was several years back. He's been hot so far, but I don't think he sustains it, while Jay is just heating up. Plus, their age difference is huge.
"I talked to an advance scout that told me if Joey Votto and Albert Pujols were on the same team he'd advise his team to do the unthinkable...pitch around Votto to get to Pujols." - Buster Olney, ESPN