Originally posted by no1marauder
Are you joking?? The Reds pitching is far deeper than either the Brewers or the Cards - they have 6 starters who have pitched effectively in the bigs, a capable closer and a bevy of relief pitchers who have had excellent success including one who throws, oh 105 MPH. The Cards' starting rotation was suspect before Wainwright went down and the Brewers' pit but was .40 worse than the 13th best! Greinke and Marcum alone aren't going to change that.
The velocity that a baseball is hurled is of no consequence if the pitcher can't get it over the plate consistently, with movement.
If he can, then he will be tough.
I can cite many cases where high octane and no location equals quick departure.
As far as the pitching goes, yes, Wainwright will be a tough replacement, but Dave Duncan is the best pitching coach in baseball, bar none.
Tony LaRussa is one of the top 3 managers in the game.
Those two have produced more with less for years, so I let their track record speak.
I believe the Brewers pitching will be considerably better as well.
I am also basing my projection about the youth of the Reds and the slumps they will most certainly endure as their deficiencies are discovered by the opposition.
I did not rule out them winning their division, I said I didn't think it would happen.
I also said the Reds pitching does not compare to the pitching of the Phillies or the Giants.
This is why I said emphatically that they will not make it to the World Series, IMO.
Now, I don't like any of the teams I just spoke about, so I am unbiased when speaking about them.
You and whodey are over zealous in your defense of them, because you want to see them win.
It is a long season. Who knows, maybe the Astros will learn how the game is played again with their youth.
I like Brad Mills approach and his staff is doing a pretty good job.
I just feel there are too many questions that have to be answered before they are contenders.
Losing Jason Castro for the season hurt, and losing Barmes for 6 weeks didn't help either.
Whether he rebounds this season is a big question.
Whether Bill Hall can be a productive everyday second baseman is another question.
If Brett Wallace continues to develop at 1B, and if Chris Johnson continues to perform at the level he has, those two will be very good.
Hunter Pence and Carlos Lee are both known quantities.
The pitching is loaded with question marks however.
I guess that is why the trot out 162 times and play the games...right?