Re: 2004 Reds Staff vs. 2005 Reds Staff
Hate to sound the optimist, but I think you are missing something that is VERY important princeton.
Unlike last year, when virtually every pitcher was miscast in his role....the pitchers this year are very close to role where they have succeeded in the past.
Milton - is being paid to be the ace and I believe he served that role well with the Twins in the past.
Ortiz - in his best season, he was the number 2/number 3 starter (circa 2002). Again, he and Wilson will switch in and out of that role this year.
Wilson - just about everybody who gives Wilson even the slighest bit of credit as a ML starter says he is a #3......that is what he will be with the Reds now. He was completely miscast as the staff ace last year.
Harang - similar to Wilson in that most everybody calls him a good #4/#5 starter.....and he and Hudson will probably be considered as interchangeable at #'s 4 and 5.
Hudson - perfect place for a kid with stuff who need experience. Best possible thing to do for him is to put him at the back of the rotation and let him prove his way up the ladder (towards number 1 or 2).
In contrast.....I completely fail to see where Weathers is an upgrade over Rielding. This move (to let Riedling walk) is going to bite the Reds.....I garrruuunteeeee it! But I do complete agree that a BP without Norton/Matthews is stronger by subtraction.
Acevedo has found his place IMHO. And with Clauseen and Bong as other LH alternatives, there is some depth there. My biggest hope is that this rotation will allow the Reds to carry only 11 pitchers.....thus maybe giving them some more umph on the bench.
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