Re: More talent: Reds or Cardinals?
Originally Posted by RedlegJake
Cozart is one of the elite defensive SS's in the game. Neither is much of a hitter but the edge goes to Cozart for having some pop. Overall since SS is defense first I give it to the Reds. Cozart is simply a better SS.
Yadi is easily a better option but its like 1B in reverse...both clubs good solid players but Yadi is second to Posey. And Craig is solid at first but Votto is a true star. So despite each team's edge...and you can 2B and 3B and RF to that same kind of comp. Despite which team has a. edge the other has a player(s) not far from it. In left and center you have clearcut winners in Holliday and Choo. Both have decent guys in those spots ...the OBP that the Reds are getting from their platoon and Jay in CF for the redbirds. To me it adds up to pretty evenly matched squads. A true push.
Starting pitching...edge to the Cards at least now...but the Reds again have a very good rotation as well...good enough to keep close pace with the Cards.
To me the bullpen is a key in a long season...and depth. The Reds have a better bullpen and until Maness and Martinez and crew prove the Cards pen problems are fixed I don't see much argument.
Both teams have okay benches but the Cards have Taveras waiting his shot. The Reds big name Billy Hamilton won't be ready until September at earliest and probablg next year. Thd Reds have deep pitching options starters and relievers if someone goes down. The Cards have Wacha in the wings yet.
It is a push to me right now. But the Cards have been there and done it...the Reds still have to climb that last hurdle. Right now...this moment...edge to the redbirds. That could change easily
depending on health and possible trades. My guess is both make the playoffs.
I think there is a slight edge to the Cardinals bench considering that they have more mix and match parts and more power. Having Matt Adams as a late inning pinch hitting option puts them over the top for me on that category. I don't see anyone on the Reds bench that has as much legit power as he does. Having Adams on the bench doesn't give the Cardinals much of a drop off if they decide to play him. Where as there's considerable drop off if the Reds sit Votto, the Cardinals have the ability to sit Holliday or Beltran, have Craig go to left or right, and have Adams play 1B. There is no real drop off right now with him in the game.
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Last edited by MikeThierry; 05-14-2013 at 12:42 AM.