76-86. The starting pitching as echoed by many in the off-season will be bad. Maybe not the most horrendous rotation of all time, but not ML caliber. No real news here. However, I think the offense will be a lot weaker than many think. No bench and a starting 8 that will play together no more than 75 games due to injuries will see to that.
I'll watch the youngsters hopefully develop and mature this season, in hopes that they along with increased revenue will make 2003 exciting.
This place use to be fun
75-87, while hoping some of the pitching pans out and we at least hang in the wild-card race until late.
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Grape works as a soda. Sort of as a gum. I wonder why it doesn't work as a pie. Grape pie? There's no grape pie. - Larry David
To Mike and to Red in LA. You say that the reds are counting on players to overcome their track record?
Your prediction flys in the face of track records.
Sullivan Arm will blowup. What makes you think that? I have seen no indication of this. Most side armers have long durable careers.
Griffey has a long track record of playing most games.
Larkin's track record is that of a near hall of famer.
Casey is a career 310 plus hitter.
right now the Reds are tied for first isnt it better to root them on then to predict doom?
81-81, with a strong second half, after Bob Boone is let go. I really don't know, but my worst case prediction is 76-86 and my best case is 86-76, so I split the difference.
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I'll go with GriffeyFan and say 83-79 also. The Reds will have a horrible first half before elevating kids like Kearns, Dawkins, Howington, Armaboles and Reith to fulltime duty. <img border="0" alt="[Pimpin]" title="" src="graemlins/pimp.gif" />
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I am going to go with the 92-70 crowd and here is why. This yr has been a year of destiny for certain teams. Patriots, Indiana, all ring a bell to me. A bell that this will be an unbelievable season for the Reds. Maybe not title, but more fun than any off us can imagine.
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82-80, but Hope Springs Eternal. . .
2002 Record: 76-86
Boone Starting Lineup Changes: 119
Reds1 and geo_j. I hope you are right and I am wrong.
As to JR, until I heard the knee thing, him having health problems was the furthest thing from my mind. But first you hear that he twists his knee, then you hear that he has been bothered by tendonitis in that knee for the whole ST. JR is not a top performer when he cannot run or shift his weight during his swing. He may play through it. But will he be an All-Century player?
I threw in Sullivan because there has NOT been a relief pitcher who pitched 500 innings in 5 years since they kept the records. And with Boone as the manager and this rotation, Sully will have to pitch 100 inning plus again this year to be anything less than a disappointment.
And Reds1, if one more poster predicts wonderful things for Larkin even as he hurts and hurts and DL's, I think I will lose it.
As to the rest of my points....their track record speaks for itself. Casey will not be the first "big man" who struggles because of a bad back. Haynes career record with Milwaukee is 20-30 with a 5 plus ERA. Geeesh. Look these things up before you post.
Acevedo was 5-7 with a 5.44 ERA last year for gosh sakes. He has NO track record that shows he will be any better this year. Not saying he cannot be, but come on.
As for Dunn and Casey totaling 76 HR's...LOL. I hope you are right.
And Graves' ERA last season was 4.14. He needs lots of save opportunities to keep his sinker working, and on this staff, his opportunities will be few and far between. Result, look the ERA to keep climbing.
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Jr is fine -- as I recall he played through a Baker cyst (leakage of synovial fluid in the knee) for the majority of the '99 season and hit 48 homers and drove in 134 runs. Besides, he has had two days to do nothing but rest and ice his knee, and after Monday there will an off-day on Tuesday. He can also rest and get treatment on the knee before and after games.
74-88--fourth in division. Conservative, but realistic.
I'll reverse that and go with 88-74... Hey, I can be unrealistically optimistic can't I?? <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />