With less than 3 days until Opening Day, it's time to get back into baseball mode. I love it. I hate Spring Training, thats not real baseball. Every year a couple days before Opening Day I get really excited and always pick the Reds to win 85+ games. I'm doing the same this year, the difference this year is it actually might happen. Edinson Volquez and Johnny Cueto are for real. If they can be league average the Reds will play baseball in October. They're going to be league average. My vocabulary is strong enough to describe how good Volquez's changeup is. The bullpen isn't great on paper, but it sure is improved over 2007. Francisco Cordero, yeah, we got the closer everyone was clamoring for, some people are never happy though, you know, the ones who can't believe were paying 12 million dollars for 75 quality innings. We needed a shutdown closer in the worst way. One thing that worries me is Weathers taking a step back, lets hope that doesn't happen. He's key. I also hope Burton's poor spring training will not carry over into the regular season, Weathers and Burton are huge keys to the Reds making the playoffs. If they pitch well along with Cordero, the starters will only need to get us the the 6th or 7th most outings. Jeff Keppinger can rake. He will be a great 2 hitter. I think he's gonna take the shortstop position from Gonzalez. I think Edwin Encarnacion breaks out big time. He sprays line drives all over the place. I could see a 25 homer 100 RBI season out of him. He's gonna have a great career. I like Cory Patterson. Seriously.... If he's batting 7th. Who should lead off? Hmmm. I actually kinda like Keppinger leading off.. but I like him more batting second. How about Votto or Hatteberg depending on who starts? Mute point. "Leading off for the Reds and playing Centerfield, Cory Patterson." Ugh. I like Dusty though. Enough of my babbling, in a nutshell, if the Reds rotation can be solid and the depends on Cueto and Volquez and Weathers and Burton pitch well the Reds are going to the playoffs. If they don't they won't. I love baseball and I love the Reds. Lets get this thing started. I'm ready.