a..Hamilton...has made the 25. Must be seen to be believed.
b..Burton......lights out; 95 wi 88 slider and command. there must be some kinda downside for a team not to protect him, I know, but he has shown none of it in ST. gets ahead, fearless, slider breaks 2 feet it looks like, I say he goes north at least until Maz comes off the dl. Hermanson will get first shot at closer, imo, Burton the dude to go to when a K is essential.
c. Stanton...is fat, lacks stamina if more than a batter or two,. He and Cromier should be traded or shipped out
d...our new dp combo can put on a show, big time
e...the candidates for the #5 spot and the bp are an exceptional crop by any Red's standards in recent years, another feather in WK's cap, imo
f...Hopper, Wise, Crosby and Deno in the outfield, Gil, Janish, Keppinger and Votto in the infield along with the solid pitching have won a bunch of the Reds games in late innings, last night's 3-2 walkoff a prime example. Says
good things offensively about our non-starters...is worrisome re starters...both catchers below the Mendoza, etc...
g...opening day pitching staff??(12)
AH, BA, EM, KL, MB and
Sarloos, Coffee, Burton, Weathers, Hermanson
h...pos players (13)
8 starters, plus Ross
Castro, Hamilton, Denorfia. Conine
i....more later, off to the game