My yearly REDS preview!
The season is only 4 weeks away and i couldn't be more excited! Ok i say that every year but this offseason has been crazy for the REDS and the expectations are high! HIGH i say!
-Following a dissapointing 79-83 finish last year...the REDS look to bounce back and reclaim their NL Central championship from the brewers. With some major trades this offseason the team looks a bit different
-First was the BLOCKBUSTER trade that saw the REDS sending Yonder Alonso, Yasmani Grandal, and 2 other players (volquez and brad boxbarger) for Mat Latos the Padres ace. It's obvious that the REDS needed an upgrade in their starting staff and while this was a hefty price the REDS decided it was time to go for it! I for one love the trade and can't wait to see how good of a 1-2 punch latos and cueto will be!
-To shore up the bullpen the REDS traded travis wood and minor league outfieler dave sappelt for Sean Marshall who is one of the premier lefty/ set up men in baseball. He also agreed to a contract extension this offseason.
-The reds also signed Ryan Madson to a 1 year deal to be their closer! Bye bye Cordero!
Here is the projected Starting lineup for Dusty Baker's 2012 squad
1. Brandon Phillips 2B -Coming off a .300 year and another gold glove
2. Zack Cozart SS - Coming of Tommy John Surgery and a rookie with 11 games
3. Joey Votto 1B - One of the best hitters in the game MVP! MVP!
4. Scott Rolen 3B - Looking to stay healthy and be the perennial gold glover he is
5. Jay Bruce RF - Im seeing this as the bust out season for Jay bird
6. Ryan Ludwick LF - Splitting time with Hesiey and heres hoping he still has it
7. Drew Stubbs CF - All of REDS nation is waiting to see what he does this year
8. Mesoraco/Hanny C - a good young platoon ...gonna miss ramon
1. Johnny Cueto
2. Mat Latos
3. Bronson Arroyo
4. Mike Leake
5. Homer Bailey
-Expect the Cuban Missile to be Louisville to start the season but he'll be up here soon bringing that 100 MPH gas!
My projected NL standing
1. Cincinnati REDS 92-68
2. St. Louis Cardinals 88-74
3. Milwaukee Brewers 83-79
4. Chicago Cubs 74-88
5. Pittsburgh Pirates 73-89
6. Houston Astros 61-101
Baseball is back! Theres baseball season...and offseason...are you ready?!?!?!?