Posted on: April 7, 2008 4:16 pm

Reds Looking Good After One Week

Through Monday's game, the Reds are now 4-3.  Not too bad, for early in the season.  They've been in most of the games, and the pitching has looked good for the most part.

The two kids from the Dominican Republic look like they could be pretty tough this year.  Cueto and Volquez had great stuff in their outings on Thursday and Sunday.  It will be interesting to see if they can put these kind of performances together on a regular basis.  If they can, that will help the Reds go along way, as that would give them 4 pretty consistent starters.

The offense hasn't quite been up to snuff yet, but they have had good performances from Phillips, Keppinger and Griffey.  It's only a matter of time before Encarnacion and Dunn get it going.

Best of all, the bullpen looks much improved.  Cordero has been great so far, and could be the closer the Reds have been searching for over the last couple years.

I think the Reds are going to be in the hunt for the long haul, but time will tell.

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Posted on: March 16, 2008 12:09 pm

Reds Pitching for 2008

What are your thoughts for the Reds chances of making a run to the playoffs in 2008? I, for one, think that their fate rests in the hands of the pitching staff.

Playing their home games in Great American Ballpark, offense is not the problem. This lineup is capable of leading the National League in HRs, and has just enough speed that scoring runs is not the issue. Without good quality pitching, this team is destined to be no better than a .500 club.

I am optimistic about the improvements that Wayne Krivsky and company have made in trying to shore up this area of the team that has been an Achilles heel for the Reds in recent years. Harang and Arroyo are good anchors for the starting rotation, and even Dusty Baker's propensity for overworking his starting pitchers shouldn't have too much of an effect on these guys, as they've both logged 200+ innings for the last few seasons. I do worry about Homer Bailey. If he is able to cement a spot in the rotation this season, my hope is that they are very careful with him, and don't turn him into the next Wood/Prior, by keeping him in games until his arm falls off. I like what I've heard about Johnny Cueto, and I think he has the stuff to be even better than Bailey. He probably won't start in the bigs this season, but I think it's only a matter of time before he gets a call to the Big Show. Whatever you do, Wayne Krivsky.....please don't trade this kid for Joe Blanton!!!! I am not at all impressed with the idea of Josh Fogg and Jeremy Affeldt pitching in the rotation this season. These guys are completely unimpressive. I'd rather seem them give Edinson Volquez and Matt Maloney a shot before throwing these guys out there just to eat up innings.

The bullpen was a big issue last season, and I think the team has made strides to improve in that area. Francisco Cordero has some electric stuff, and could be just what the team needs, after a revolving door at closer the last few seasons. David Weathers is a good pitcher, but he's much more suited for a set-up role. He just doesn't have the intimidation factor or the nasty stuff working for him that most dominating closers have. I think he'll fit right in at his more-familiar set-up role. Paired with Jared Burton, I think this will give the Reds a pretty decent 7th & 8th inning combo.

I'm looking forward to another season of baseball, and the promise of the Reds returning to the postseason. I was too young to really remember and appreciate the Big Red Machine, but was right there to enjoy the wire-to-wire season of 1990. Here's hoping that this is the season that they make their triumphant return.

Go Reds!!!!
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