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2008 Season Previews: Cincinnati Reds
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Welcome to the 7th of 30 "2008 Team Previews", where I'm - you guessed it! - offering up a little preview of the 2008 season for each of the teams. Nothing super fancy, (I'm not writing books here munecas), just a few notes on what major moves the teams made over the winter and a thought or two on their upcoming season. I'm going in reverse order of 2007 standings, so next up is....

reds mascotCincinnati Reds

2007 Record: 72-90 (.444), 5th place in NL Central

2006 Record: 80-82 (.494), 3rd place in NL Central

Who's Out: Craig Wilson (OF), Ramon Ortiz ( P), Jorge Cantu (INF),

Who's In: Manager Dusty Baker, Francisco Cordero (P), Ramon Ramirez (P), Josh Fogg (P), Jeremy Affeldt (P), Jeff Fiorentino (OF), Justin James (P), Edinson Volquez (P)

Notes: Dusty Baker is back to attack, and he's got a big task ahead of him: turn these Reds into something respectable and thrust them into playoff contention. Luckily for him, the team made some good moves this winter. They desperately needed pitching help - they tied with Florida last year for worst pitching in the league - and they addressed that need well. Signing Cordero was a huge move, and a wise one at that. David Weathers proved to be effective as closer last year, and with him and Cordero ready at the end of games the Reds will be in a much better spot. Their starting pitching is also looking pretty sharp, with Arroyo, Harang, and now Fogg. With the wacky way the NL Central always plays out, I see no reason why ol' Dustbag - with a little help from Griffey's personal injury gods - couldn't bring some success back to Cincy.

Next up: Chicago White Sox
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posted by Yankees Chick @ Thursday, February 28, 2008  
  • At 9:48 PM, Anonymous Mets Guy said…

    Hopefully Dusty Baker can encourage the Reds to not "clog the bases" with all those useless walks. Let's see you make some Outs over there team!

  • At 9:13 PM, Blogger Irish Cream said…

    No Jay Bruce love? Also, I think every mention of the Reds should involve Adam Dunn in some way, just so the nickname "Big Donkey" can be used as well.

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