09-01-2012, 01:33 PM #1
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The Cincinatti Reds
The Team is doing well... Continuing to win without the Superstar Joey Votto.
The Lineup seems pretty solid and ready to continue into the future. Base thief extroadianaire Billy Hamilton a year or two away.
The Bullpen is in good shape led by Chapman. Can they win it this year? Do they have enough Starting pitching? Will they continue to be a force in the N.L Central in 2013 and beyond?
09-02-2012, 04:48 PM #2
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I think the Reds are legitimate.
They have a good pitching staff, lead by high upside starters Johnny Cueto, Mat Latos and have the best closer this year in Aroldis Chapman, with Marshall being the top set-up man. More importantly they have quality depth.
The Reds offense seems to always be fairly decent. Maybe their offensive numbers are inflated because of the ballpark they play in, but you could use the opposite argument about some of their pitchers who are putting up outstanding numbers. Votto is a cream of the crop offensive force, followed by Jay Bruce. Ryan Ludwick is having a big year. Brandon Phillips is well, Brandon Phillips, which is a good thing at 2B. Todd Frazier is having an outstanding season replacing the oft injured Scott Rolen and OBP challenged OF Drew Stubbs and SS Zack Cozart have had their moments... positive and negative.
If they won the World Series Championship, it would not be a shocker. To me at this moment in time, there really is no favorite to win the WSC. It's up for grabs among a handful of teams.
09-04-2012, 12:49 PM #3
The Reds have a very legit chance to win this year, and their farm and smart signings have been a large reason why. The one thing that's flown a bit under the radar this year is the major step back that Devin Mesoraco took in his development. He's not hit, which was his calling card, and his defense, admittedly advertised as average, has been simply bad. One of the major skills that a catcher must develop is positive relationships with umpires, and the word has been that he was stand-offish with many umpires as he was receiving a game, highlighted by his bumping of an umpire, which sent him to AAA once he served his suspension. They traded away Yasmani Grandal with the assumption that Mesoraco was their future at catcher, and while they did well piecing together Ryan Hannigan and Ramon Hernandez behind the plate for a few years, they want to have a player who can be their guy for a number of years. Based on early returns, they may have traded the wrong catcher this offseason.
That said, Votto is among my favorite players in baseball, and if the Braves missed out on a WS in Chip's final year because Votto got one, I could live with that.Staff Writer for Tomahawktake.com, come check it out!