I know pitching is very important.
But i think the reds have got enough pitching at this point to do something.
If harang comes back to stride and homer finally shows his worth it could be completely up to our offense to finally push us into the playoffs.
I love the OC acquisition. He brings a good avg to a team thats full line-up, aside from votto, looked very dismal in that department.
I love our chances in the middle of the lineup.
Votto :oh yeah:
Phillips---Needs to get back to 2008 status
Bruce---Hopefully he has matured and shows discipline at the plate
Rolen---Show your worth the money. Hopefully another .300+avg guy
Gomes---I feel like this could be his year to make a serious impact
Hernandez.....im not a big fan. Dont really see much upside in that guy. So if we get anything slightly good out of him i will be happy.
It pretty much falls on the other 7 batters. One of our terrible spots over the years has been a lack of a true leadoff man. And i still think were lacking in that area with stubbs, with the number of strikeouts he had last year in his short debut. A lot of the weight on how well this offense performs is going to fall on his shoulders. If stubbs can somehow hit for contact and get on base, maybe avg somewhere around .285 with a decent amount of walks. I would be thrilled with that out of him.
All in all i think this season is going to depend on offense, offense, offense!