Originally Posted by GullyFoyle
The Hardball Times have their staff picks up.
Lee Sinins NL Central Picks:
1)STL 2)CIN 3)HOU 4)MIL 5)CHC 6)PIT
I wish I could hold him to it.
No one else has the Reds above 4th and most have 'em bring up the rear.
Joe Sheehan also has the Reds 2nd.
The Reds have the most upside of the other five teams, and they could be interesting if they somehow managed to stay under 850 runs allowed. I donít really see it happening; they have a below-average rotation and poor bullpen pitching in front of what might be the NLís worst defense in a very good hittersí park. In a best-case scenario, their five starters stay healthy and provide league-average performance, while some combination of Ryan Wagner (who I really like this year), Matt Belisle and Todd Coffey emerge as a 1-2 combination in the bullpen.
Cardinals 94 68 850 730
Reds 83 79 901 879
Cubs 83 79 764 753
Astros 80 82 681 687
Brewers 77 85 710 741
Pirates 67 95 669 788