I should start by noting the thing I most like about this Reds team, namely tht there's more guys I'm interested in watching in more varied roles than in recent seasons.
Yet I fret over it having some hell in a handbasket tendencies.For instance, if Harang and/or Arroyo struggle at any point this season, you could see the 3-4-5 tank with them and suddenly you've dropped 10 more than you've won. Lohse and Milton have enormous basements and I'm not sure Narron can go to them and say, "We really need a big outing from you today" without it freaking out said pitcher. Likewise, I couldn't begin to tell you what the roles in the bullpen are. A few implosions mixed with a mildly chaotic setup could be a toxic combination.
I'm also uneasy about how steady the offense will be. I'm not sure where the load-bearing beams in the lineup are. Narron developed a habit of messing with guys who doing all right where they were last year and I dread the idea of Alex Gonzalez and/or Juan Castro being used as anti-catalysts if the top of the lineup start to struggle. I actually like that Jr. has yet to swing a bat in anger because I don't think team can afford to count on him. It's time for him to find spots where he fits into this team and not for the team to try to congeal around him.
So what I really want to see is something you can't see in spring training. I want to know how resilient this team is. I know tonight's 15-1 loss to Tampa Bay ultimately signifies nothing, but I'd like to see the club bounce back and finish the Grapefruit League on a high note.
My concern is that downhill snowballs will be the doom of this club. I'm not saying they will be, but that's what most frets me about this team. It strikes me as an awful shaky enterprise at the moment.