I think the Reds are 1a with the Cardinals right there. Ranking the other 3 is simple, Pirates, Brewers, Cubs
Old school 1983 (01-17-2014)
If the reds staff stays healthy I think it has more upside this season. The reds simply can not afford injuries to their starting 5 this season.
After those 5 who is next in line? Duke? Not stephenson or corcino.
Meanwhile, the cards have Martinez, Garcia, Rosenthal, Lyons and more that could fill in.
With health the edge is to the reds, but not by.much, and certainly not enough to make up for their offensive issues.
I think the Reds have a slight advantage in the starting rotation but I think the Cards have a huge edge in the bullpen and it's why I would put the Cards slightly ahead of the Reds. Chapman and Rosenthal are both elite type closers so I don't think there's an edge there but Motte will be back, Seigrist is still nasty, Martinez will assume a full time role in the pen. I think the Cardinals can handle matchups better in the later innings.
Will Motte still be a dumpster fire?
"I never argue with people who say baseball is boring, because baseball is boring. And then, suddenly, it isn't. And that's what makes it great." - Joe Posnanski
Excluding his rookie season when has he ever been a dumpster fire? The only black mark I see on his career is that he gives up to many HRs for a reliever.
2011 WHIP, k/BB: .956, 3.94
2012 WHIP, K/BB: .917, 5.06
Motte's 2012 season was better than Chapman's 2013 season. I see no fires
Last edited by Salukifan2; 01-17-2014 at 03:31 PM.
Do Homer and Latos take the next step? If they do I rank them
If they are pretty much the 2013 version I go
I don't see the Pirates recreating 2013 so I would rank them 3rd.
Motte's weird. For years he struggled against LHBs and tooled on RHBs. Then in 2012 he completely flip-flopped it. The net effect is he's always got an Achilles Heel, we just don't know which one.
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Make that a thing.