It will be interesting to see how this season pans out.
I know injuries hit every team but losing Ludwick on opening day, and then Cueto, and then Phillips wasn't the same after getting hit by the pitch and the team still managed to get 90 wins. That's what good pitching will do for you.
We'll definitely have offensive dropoff in CF, but hopefully we get increased production from LF, SS, 3B and C.
Cueto is kind of the wild card. If he pitches over 200 innings at near Cy Young level like 2012, the Reds should cruise to 90+ wins. He is a legit ace and it allows you to have a very good young guy like Cingrani as your #5, which means you are going to have a good chance to win every time you take the field.
If he gets injured again, it bumps everyone up a line in the rotation. Latos has to be a 1, Bailey has to be a 2, etc. and we have to cross our fingers that we can find a #5 somewhere in our minor league system.
As much as it pains me to say, we will most probably be 2nd to the Cardinals in the division and play the ATL Braves for the 2nd Wild Card. I know we will make the playoffs though....I'm excited to see what this new season can bring...Who knows what can happen with a little luck like the Cardinals MAGIC...I tell you what though...I am so utterly sick and tired of watching the CARDINALS in the playoffs all the time.....
Steven, nothing is higher than an architect.
It's now 2014 and they have a better major league team, better minor league team, more depth, more talent in the minors, and more money to spend. Life isn't fair.
Realistically, I think most people can agree this team is definitely a wild card team that will challenge for the division title.
The key is going to be winning games at home. If the Reds pitcher can put up the same team ERA as last year, this team will win. For this team to go far though, is going to depend on Frazier, Mesoraco, and Cozart.
I predict 2nd, behind the Cards.
1 Cardinals 95-67
2 Brewers 89-73
3 Reds 82-80
4 Pirates 74-88
5 Cubs 71-91
Diamondbacks over Brewers
Cardinals over Diamondbacks in 4
Nationals over Dodgers in 5
Nationals over Cardinals in 6
Nationals over Tigers in 6