Re: More talent: Reds or Cardinals?
As far as position by position, here's my take on the debatable ones.
Catcher: Clear advantage to the Cards here. The Reds have a nice solution, but Hannigan worries me. Mez is an unproven youngster with potential. Yadi is a perennial Allstar. I like our guys, but this one is the Cardinals, not even close
3b: Freese > Frazier. Honestly, I like Frazier, but let's say hypothetically for one year only, we could trade Frazier for Freese, no financial issues involved.. Who would not make that trade? That's a no brainer. Freese is off to a slow start, but he's got a 4 year track record. He will bounce back, unless there's an injury I don't know about.
SS: probably by the end of the year, Cozart is slightly better. Not a huge edge though.
RF: This is a tough one to call. I'm going to give the Cards a slight edge here though. Beltran is simply a more steady, more mature hitter than Bruce. I love Bruce though.
Starting rotation: Man, this is way too tough to call. Both have great staffs.
Carpenter is apparently throwing again, he might come back this year.
I really like Lynn. I am going to wimp out and call this a push at this stage of the season.
Thank you Walt and Bob for going for it in 2012 AND 2013!
Nov. 13, 2007: One of the greatest days in Reds history: John Allen gets the boot!