1) As I suggested earlier, my take on the rotation is still
2) Belisle, Affeldt, Shoenweiss and Malony have been awful; if not
some substantial improvement, imo, the first three will suffer the same fate as the latter before 4/1
3) The kids
a. saw another perfect inning from Josh R., 0.00 for the spring
b. P. Viola suprised today, not by his 1-2-3 but by his mound
presence....K'ed the yankee gentleman from Japan with a sweet change. We'll be hearing more from this dude, soon.
c. D.Thompson looked v, v impressive...did not K the side like he did in his last appearance, but he made his job look like child's play...I really, really like him. It's like he's saying, "If johnny can, so can I..."
d.He got a hit today, but JV will have to get red hot to make the club out of ST, no matter how hot he was last Sept....He's just not the same.....
e. Same for Bruce..he got 2 singles today, but he's still behind other hitters from his early hammy flareup....
4) the pen
a. Merker looks 30 not 40, he will be in the bigs somewhere this year
b. B Salmon bb, k, k, k, today...
c.The ex-Red from Bowden's era, whose name escapes me right now, pitched pretty well, in relief, against the Phillies last night...
5)Name 2 Reds who weigh 270 or more...