So since the Brewers are considered, along with the Cardinals, the biggest threat to the Reds chances to repeat in 2011, I'd like to chat a bit about the Brew Crew.
I don't get the Brewers love this off season. I really don't. Both "stud" pitchers they traded for in the off season are injured. Grienke's accident has been mentioned all around the forum and Marcum has gone all spring talking about shoulder issues - a huge red flag for the future.
Outside of the top of the rotation they are the same team that gave up 800 runs last season, sans excellent defending SS. The whole left side of the field might as well show up and play with oven mitts as they'll have about the same fielding success as they would with the leather.
Two of their best bats at 2B & RF have terrible injury histories. Their bullpen is smoke and mirrors and they have a current closer with 5 minutes of experience in the big leagues.
Fielder is ready to leave town at the end of the season and certainly will be distracting with trade talks if the team has any sort of hiccup early on.
And Braun has seen his power numbers drop off every year for the past four. If he keeps on his current slugging and OPS trendline, he'll basically be a younger Raul Ibanez at the conclusion of 2011.
Count me in as having them listed as the biggest flop of 2011.
Anyone else think otherwise?