Re: More talent: Reds or Cardinals?
It's definitely pretty close overall.
C: Molina, handily. Hanigan is probably his equal on defense, and Mesoraco could eventually be on offense, but Yadier's consistency is unparalleled.
1B: Votto, though you'd be a fool to ignore how good Craig can be.
2B: Phillips, though Carpenter has been flashing quite the bat.
SS: Cozart over Descalso, but Furcal gets the edge when he's healthy.
3B: Push. Freese is usually a little better, but he's also more injury prone and has had a bad season.
LF: Holliday, no matter who's playing.
CF: Choo without question.
RF: Beltran over Bruce. Bruce isn't that far behind, but he can't help but be maddeningly inconsistent.
SP: Slight Cardinals edge. It's safe to assume they'll come back to earth, and we get Cueto back soon, but the best ERA in the majors is hard to argue with.
RP: The biggest gap on the list. Reds have arguably the best relief crew in the majors, while the Cardinals have arguably the worst.
I'll chime in with the last four pages and say they're about even right now, with a slight edge to the Reds over the course of the season. I expect it to be back and forth up until the end, and the 2nd place team will probably make the wild card.