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Reds 2010 Preview

Here we go again. Its early March and Reds fans have hope. Now I will admit the last 10 years maybe that was false hope. For some reason, mainly good young talent, this year seems different. If the Reds were a stock trading on Wall Street they would have an arrow pointing up. As with almost any team in MLB other than the evil empire Yankees the Reds have questions and need a few career years from players you might not expect it from. If the talented young core performs this team could compete for a playoff spot. There is a lot to be excited about if you’re a fan of baseballs oldest franchise. First the Reds did what most thought would be impossible and that was to lure Aroldis Chapman from the likes of the Dodgers, Redsox and again the evil empire Yankees. The rotation seems to be in good shape with Aaron Harrang, Bronson Arroyo and really talented youngsters Johnny Cuetto, Edison Volquez and Homer Baily. This team looks to have strong talent on the hill for the first time in a while. Everyone from a good bullpen last year returns, so look forward to another good not spectacular season from the relieving core. As far as the hitting goes, seemingly the Reds front office has done a nice job of fixing their farm system after former owner Marge Schott left it a complete and utter mess…. First base Joey Votto is a rising superstar. At 2nd base Brandon Phillips provides the club with speed and plenty of pop in his bat. The ss position has been up graded from light hitting Paul Janish to professional hitter and winner Orlando Cabrera. Trusty Scott Rolen mans 3rd base. Ryan Hannigan and Ramon Hernandez will split time at the backstop position. Both provide some pop and pretty good professional at bats. Rf Jay Bruce will be called upon to be a leader statistically, a good year is must from Jay for the Reds to even think about competing. CF will be played by Drew Stubbs a 5 tool player with a world of promise. Last but not least Lf is up in the air, but the front runner is Chris Dickerson at the beginning of spring, but he will have to compete against Johnny Gomes and Lance Nix. The bench is average at best. Johnny Gomes and Lance Nix give you a little pop of the bench, but other than that no one scares the opposing team coming off the bench. Defensively, this team is very good up the middle. Bruce has a cannon in right and Dickerson has decent range in left. The left side of the infield is aging, but if they get to it they will catch it. In closing, If the young talent develops and a few breaks go the Reds way we are in for an exciting year of Reds baseball. If 2010 is not the year of the Red 2011 will be. I will leave you with my opening day lineup. cf Stubbs ss Cabrera 1b Votto 2b Phillips rf Bruce 3b Rolen lf Dickerson c Hernandez p Harrang

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