Thursday, March 5, 2009

DC MLB Preview: Cincinnati Reds


2008 Record: 74-88

Projected Lineup:
1. Willy Taveras CF
2. Jerry Hairston Jr. LF
3. Joey Votto 1B
4. Brandon Phillips 2B
5. Jay Bruce RF
6. Edwin Encarnacion 3B
7. Ramon Hernandez C
8. Alex Gonzalez SS

The Reds are trying to make the transition from being a power hitting ball club, to one that empathizes speed and defense. The problem is they are really lacking any talent in this lineup. Willy Taveras is wildly overrated, and has a terrible OBP, and Brandon Phillips is coming off his a down year. The Reds are really asking way too much from rookie Joey Votto, and I just don't see him being able to deliver. This team really has to add a bat at some point, because they are going to have a lot of trouble putting up runs.

1. Aaron Harang
2. Edinson Volquez
3. Bronson Arroyo
4. Johnny Cueto
5. Micah Owings

CL Francisco Cordero

The Reds really need Harang to start being the pitcher we saw a couple years ago. Arroyo sucks, but the future is Edinson Volquez, who I think will have a breakout year. Volquez may not get a lot of wins, because their offense is so bad, but he is going to be an ace within the next year or two. Overall their pitching will be ok, but it really won't matter if they can't score runs.

Minors Watch:
Christopher Valaika - Power hitting SS that will compete with our next minor to see who will take over the SS spot in the majors.

Todd Frazier - If he loses out to Valaika he might move to the outfield. I expect him to lose, since he is not very good defensivly.

Overall:
The Reds are going to suck this year, and lets be honest they suck every year. Other then having a cool stadium they really haven't done anything in a long time. The future is looking brighter though, as Votto keeps improving, and they have some young pitchers make their way, but it will be a couple years before this team does anything.

Record: 65-97

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

.you dont know shit about the reds.....they will easily compete for the wild card....this team has some weaknesses, but there is more talent than you think

Anonymous said...

Uh, not a single word about Jay Bruce, who's 22 and just a year removed from being Baseball America's #1 prospect in all of baseball?

Bronson Arroyo doesn't "suck"; he's pitched 200+ innings each of the last 4 years (quick, name 5 others who have done that) and while his ERA was a little above average last year it was significantly above average each of the 3 previous years.

The Reds should expect much from Votto; ge's hit at every level, and \ plays a decent 1B. Oh, and he's not a rookie; he was the runner-up for ROY last year (to Giovanni Soto, whom he outhit).

Phillips isn't coming off a "bad" year; last year is about what you should expect from him - not much OBP, some power. Oh, and a vacuum cleaner for a golve.

As far as I can tell, you got two things right: Harang needs to rebound for the team to be good, and Tavares will likely suck.

Anonymous said...

Oops. Arroyo's ERA was significantly better than average the 3 years prior to last.

Anonymous said...

Go Reds.

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