Say what you want Johnny Fan but the Cardinals are stacked. And they reduced payroll. Lot of cash to burn for a mid season move if they choose to. Much better GM than the Reds have. They got it figured out in STL.
Yes, the Reds window with this group of players won't be open forever, but realistically I'd say they have another 3-4 years to get it done. Their core of players is mostly in the 27-28 age range save for Joey Votto who isn't going anywhere for a decade.
As a poster stated earlier, if they can just stay healthy, they will be okay. This team won 90 games this past year with a boatload of injuries to key players. At Ludwick's age, sure he can't be counted on for 2012 production - but I'm bullish on Jay Bruce entering his prime, and Cozart/Frazier/Mesoraco improving their offensive output at least a little. Let's not forget that they have one of the best pitching staffs in all of baseball - that alone will make them a team to compete for a playoff spot.
Old school 1983 (12-25-2013)
For 2nd, even if Matt Carpenter, Chase Utley, Neil Walker, Daniel Murphy, and Marco Scutaro had higher WARs Phillips still had more RBIs. So Phillips is tops here.
Pence, Werth, Parra might've had more WAR but Bruce is just better. I don't care if his wRC is behind the likes of Will Venable, the 3 mentioned earlier, Stanton, Beltran, Upton, Either, Byrd, and Cuddyer. I also don't care if his wRC is 10th out of 14 qualified RFers.
Bruce is simply better. End of story.
The fact is of the Reds, Pirates, and Cardinals the Reds have the better rotation, better bullpen, and better batting order. They have a better farm system and a better front office.
My only question is whether the Reds will win 100 games or 98.
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