January 28, 2020 at 1:55 pm #120851
I know we’ve bandied this about in other threads, but this article seems to ask the question if the Reds have done enough to be the favorites for the division. What do you think? Is the lack of moves by Mo a sly trick to let the kids play and will it work as well as it has seemed most of the years they’ve tried it? Will the Cubs play to their talent level or will old age catch them? Can the Brewers smoke and mirror their way to the crown again?January 28, 2020 at 2:04 pm #120852jj-cf-stlParticipantPaid - Annual
71 pitJanuary 28, 2020 at 2:22 pm #120854RatsbuddyParticipantFree
The only way the Cards win the NL Central this year is with rebound years from their key players. Carpenter, Fowler, Goldschmidt, DeJong. And yes, I know they all had good fWiR and BADIT and sRzR numbers and they all hit some homers and had some rbi’s. But they’ve got to get those batting averages up. These .230s, .240s, and .260 just aint going to cut it.
r/RatJanuary 28, 2020 at 2:44 pm #120856Brian WaltonKeymasterPaid - Annual
I just posted the latest odds on the projections thread. The Reds added one win with Castellanos and are in third in the division, four games behind the Cards. This is according to bookmaker BetOnline. I find oddsmakers to be more detached and objective than many team-aligned fans or even writers pushing the hot-selling flavor of the day (which today is Cincinnati Castellanos Crunch). Not trying to offend anyone. Just being honest.January 28, 2020 at 4:15 pm #120858
Is that a projection from someone, or your call?January 28, 2020 at 4:23 pm #120859jj-cf-stlParticipantPaid - Annual
me, today. who knows who adds or subtracts, or is injury riddled by seasons end.
And you, about the questions you asked?January 28, 2020 at 4:28 pm #120860GameCardParticipantFree
Should beJanuary 28, 2020 at 5:02 pm #120862Carter Le GrandParticipantFree
I go along with Walton that the odds makers know best most of the time. But while they see losing Ozuna as a minus, I see it as a plus…240 hitting cleanup hitter? No thanks.
Now if the FO could swallow pride (and cash) DFA the ZERO upside Carp! Can they not see that Edman is a future superstar???
Wacha gone. OK. Hitters figured him out years ago. With all the assets Chi and Mil lost we are a lead pipe shoe in. We own the Reds and I personally think they finish 3rd behind the CubbiesJanuary 28, 2020 at 6:50 pm #120863Euro DandyParticipantFree
Ha! I’m not betting anything on any team in this division. Could be a crazy year. Hope and need a couple of the young guys to rise to the occasion like Edman did.January 28, 2020 at 7:38 pm #120865bicyclemikeModeratorPaid - Annual
I think we are still the club to beat due to a solid starting group, good bullpen, good defense, and the potential to see an improved offense.
You never know how a season will play out, but I believe our pitching sets us apart from the rest of the group. We might see Mikolas, Hudson and Flaherty end up as the three best starting pitchers in the division.January 28, 2020 at 9:40 pm #120879gscottarParticipantPaid - Annual
As of now I will say:
1. Cards 90
2. Cubs 87
3. Reds 82
4. Brewers 81
5. Pirates 67January 29, 2020 at 10:10 am #120932
My own opinion…the Reds made a splash and will improve but not be favorites for anything. The Cubs are cheating time and are bound to find it catches up eventually. The Brewers are held together with glue and tape. Finally, I think the Cards’ kids will perform admirably and think the pitching staff will be excellent.
Pirates 68-94January 29, 2020 at 10:27 am #12093414NyquisTParticipant
The Brewers are held together with glue and tape
I wonder if the folks in MIL are saying this about the Cards. In CIN…. in CHI. We have a bunch of guys that need to improve in ’20. “Glue and tape” see Carpenter-Fowler-Cecil-Martinez-Reyes-Hicks and perhaps Wainwright.
Everyone here knows that I’m a huge Cards fan, but this season seems to have so many “ifs” (IMO more than I’ve seen in a long time) it is almost too difficult to predict a season W-L record.January 29, 2020 at 10:33 am #120935
I wonder if the folks in MIL are saying this about the Cards. In CIN…. in CHI. We have a bunch of guys that need to improve in ’20. “Glue and tape” see Carpenter-Fowler-Cecil-Martinez-Reyes-Hicks and perhaps Wainwright
Probably, but Milwaukee is depending on Yelich to remain Mike Trout Jr and a bunch of guys who’ve never been that good to play out of their minds. It doesn’t seem the same to me.January 29, 2020 at 1:00 pm #120947Brian WaltonKeymasterPaid - Annual
I wonder if the folks in MIL are saying this about the Cards. In CIN…. in CHI.
Not targeting you specifically, but on a general basis, I believe many Cardinals fans are too focused on the negatives. The offense has major questions, but the pitching and defense should again be stellar. (In fact, with Ozuna out of left, one could credibly argue that the defense should improve.)
On the other hand, this is the current projected Milwaukee rotation:
Eric LauerJanuary 29, 2020 at 1:07 pm #120949
Well put, Brian. While the Cards are depending on former All Stars to play closer to their potential and supplementing it with young talent, the Brewers are depending on a ragtag group to play out of their minds. Hence the glue and tape comment.January 29, 2020 at 2:57 pm #120970gscottarParticipantPaid - Annual
I don’t see why the Cardinals should see much regression from 2019.
Who on offense could realistically regress? Maybe Edman and Wong. Everyone else couldn’t be much worse. I am not that worried about LF. As Brian mentioned, at worst it is a wash because of the improved defense in LF.
Admittedly there could be some regression in pitching: Flaherty, Hudson, Waino, and Gallegos maybe but I would also expect to see a bounceback from Mikolas and CMart.
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