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    We have a pretty awesome team to root for this year

    The Angels are favored by many to win the AL West and maybe advance to the WS. Our favorite team just took 2 of 3 games (and the one win by the Angels was a real competitive struggle). To me that proves the Reds are at least a contender for the WS this year.

    Yes, the Reds have some weaknesses, but what team doesn't? How about we focus on the good things instead, and let the bad stuff work itself out?
    Sabermetrics can be boiled down to this simple truism: A batter's goal is to extend the inning. Extend enough innings and you're going to score runs. Extend more innings than your opponent and you're going to score more runs than him.

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    Re: We have a pretty awesome team to root for this year

    I agree.

    And I put my money where my mouth is by placing a 100 spot on the Reds to win the whole shebang this year. (my first baseball bet ever).

    Go Reds!

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    Re: We have a pretty awesome team to root for this year

    a little soon, but hopefully you are right

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    Re: We have a pretty awesome team to root for this year

    I agree, although I never like to get too cocky as a fan. The Reds got off to a hot start in 2011 too and we all know how that turned out. And then last year they started out awful and won 97 games - go figure.

    But I do like this team's chances. If the pitching stays healthy and we don't have any major down years from position players, I think they'll be strong contenders with a chance to make some noise in the playoffs.
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    Re: We have a pretty awesome team to root for this year

    Pitching is a wonderful thing. This organization took 20 years to rediscover it, but it's here, and I love it.
    Rounding third and heading for home...

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    Re: We have a pretty awesome team to root for this year

    Pitching will carry this team to the playoffs again. If they stay healthy we're looking at a World Series appearance.

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    Re: We have a pretty awesome team to root for this year

    They have another great test this weekend.

    Heck, the month of April will be a good litmus test...tough tough schedule.

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    Re: We have a pretty awesome team to root for this year

    I don't know. The Reds Pythag is only 1.5-1.5. I'm expecting some regression from that 2-1 record...

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    Re: We have a pretty awesome team to root for this year

    Baseball is a marathon and not a sprint. We have run but a block or two in this marathon and while it has been impressive there is still lotsa ground to cover.
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    Re: We have a pretty awesome team to root for this year

    Far too early to say how it will play out, but NOT too early to say that the pieces are in place to POTENTIALLY be very good, and they should DEFINITELY be fun to watch...

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    Re: We have a pretty awesome team to root for this year

    Should be a fantastic year...

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    Cueto and Latos have looked terrific, as has the pitching in general. Choo and Frazier are really going to upgrade the offense. I am concerned about the D though.
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    Re: We have a pretty awesome team to root for this year

    Quote Originally Posted by RedEye View Post
    Cueto and Latos have looked terrific, as has the pitching in general. Choo and Frazier are really going to upgrade the offense. I am concerned about the D though.
    Were there any particular instances in the first three games that gave you pause? I know the ball that was hit to deep center that Choo didn't get to was a possible example, although from my seat, I couldn't tell whether it went like a bullet or Choo just didn't get a good read on it. That runner, as I recall, didn't score. I can't remember if that was the 1st or 2nd game (Opening Night, I think). I was not in my seat on Frazier's error, so I can't speak to that one, although I heard Marty say on the radio that it took a high bounce, but I haven't gone back and looked at it.

    Not looking to be antagonistic, but curious as to whether you or anyone else has seen anything that's concerning yet. Usual caveat, small sample size, thus far.
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    Re: We have a pretty awesome team to root for this year

    Quote Originally Posted by RedEye View Post
    I am concerned about the D though.
    Why? Heisey's better than Ludwick in LF. Frazier, at this point in his career, is equal to 2012 Rolen. Bruce is likely to play better than last season in RF. And Stubbs never graded out as good as Reds fans insisted he was; over his career, Stubbs was barely above average in CF.

    They look an awful lot alike, IMO, with the gloves. Or at least not as bad as the hand-wringing became in the off-season.

    They're certainly better than St. Louis or Milwaukee in the division.
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    Re: We have a pretty awesome team to root for this year

    Amen, I'm excited for the Nat's series. If we win the series this weekend, the Reds would start the season by beating arguably the best team in the NL AND AL. This is awesome. We haven't been able to say something like that in DECADES!


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