This is an offshoot of the breakthrough thread.
Which Red is the key to the rotation's success?
Which Red is the key to the bullpen's success?
Which Red is the key to the infield's success?
Which Red is the key to the outfield's success?
Which Red is the key to the offense' success?
IMO the rotation's success really hinges on Matt Belisle. he's the #3 right now. He has to provide 200+ innings this year, and he hast to take that Harang like step that Aaron took in 2005.
The bullpen is tough to call, but I'd say it is on Burton's shoulder. Really it's on the 8th inning setup guy whoever that may be. I think most are betting that is Burton, but I wouldn't rule out Coffey.
EE is the key to the infield IMO. He hast to be the player he was in the second half all year long.
For the OF, Hopper. Ok, now hear me out. He HAS to sustain a high level of play, and make adjustments to his game as needed. This team needs a 4th OF due to the uncertainties of health in RF and experience in CF.
For the offense as a whole, I gotta go back to EE. He's the best RH bat on the team, and may be the second best bat overall. He has to sustain the success he had in the second half.