Friday, August 1, 2008

Where do the Reds go from here?

The rest of 2008: Where do the Reds go from here? They could still get to .500 this season but even the Wild Card seems out of reach with the Brewers and Cardinals fighting it out for that spot. They are 9 games out of the Wild Card with 5 teams ahead of them. Hopefully, they can find a way to .500 but probably not.

Next Season: There are a ton of free agents from this year's team. Most importantly, they have to deal with Dunn who'll demand $15 million/year type money. I think the most important free agent they have to deal with is Jerry Hairston Jr. They are way over .500 with him in the lineup this season. Hopefully Freel can recover from his surgery and be the bench player they so desperately need. They have a solid bullpen. They really need to resign Lincoln. He's been solid. David Weather's...........not so much. The rotation is solid. Harang will hopefully return to form after battling injuries all of this season. Arroyo has to get off to a better start. Homer Bailey has to learn how to use that cannon he owns. Somebody find him a putaway pitch. Cueto and Volquez should be solid again. Hopefully, Daryl Thompson can find his way into the rotation if Homer can't live up to the hype. Here's what I'd like to see:

Starters: Harang, Arroyo, Volquez, Cueto, Thompson/Bailey

Hairston Jr. LF/CF
Keppinger SS
Bruce CF/RF
Phillips 2B
Votto 1B
Dunn or LF/CF/RF big right handed batting free agent that can play D in the outfield
Edwin Encarnarcion 3B-Not making errors.
Catcher's spot (WHO KNOWS)

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