So he thinks Hanigan will only play in 33 games? Apparently the Reds will use this for the remaining 129 games.
94 and winning the division and the NLCS but falling in the WS to Toronto in 6
94 Reds / 86 Cards / 85 Pirates / 76 Cubs / 72 Brewers
With that said, your reason and logic probably make Dusty's head hurt.
FWIW, the projected rotation numbers don't look all that pretty on their own, but the NL average for a starter this year was a 4.41 ERA. The five projected ERAs that James gives would actually make a slightly above average rotation.
But, but, Harang might end up pitching out of the bullpen again with Volquez and maybe even Cueto this year. You know how unpredicatable a certain character with the Reds can be.
Bet you a dollar to a stale donut that someone tinkered with Harang, Arroyo, Cueto and Bailey last year.
And that's with the typical misguided playing time predictions you see in projections like this. Is Nick Masset really going to be run out there for 57 innings if he has a 5.82 ERA? Won't Johnny Cueto and Aaron Harang throw more innings as long as they stay healthy?
"You can't let praise or criticism get to you. It's a weakness to get caught up in either one."
I think Volquez's control will be better in 2009. He seemed to nibble at times. If he can cut 20 walks off his 2008 total it would help a lot, as will an improved defense. It was unreal how many times he was bitten by the defense this season... the fact that he posted a 3.21 ERA with that defense behind him was amazing. An improved defense and a few less walks should allow him to take another step forward IMO.
Last edited by OnBaseMachine; 10-28-2008 at 06:11 PM.
I miss Adam Dunn.
Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.