Alright, in case you haven’t been here before, this is where my fellow Reds’ bloggers and I get together and solve all of the team’s problems in a chat format. Things got going a little and I had to bow out early, so I got one of the earlier sections. In fact, I have section one. I’ll be adding links to other six sections as they go live. Thanks go to Andrea for the editing job.
Here we goooooo………
*****************Topic 1: Reds Bullpen************************
JDArney: K, bullpen.
JDArney: What’s everyone think of it?
JDArney: I think it sucks.
BRM: It’s not a strength but it’s not necessarily a weakness either.
BRM: A lot is riding on Wagner and Coffey to step it up.
Shawn: Weathers, and the other old guys, concern me
Doc Scott: I was pissed that they brought in Rick White
Doc Scott: he was totally unnecessary
Shawn: But I don’t know if the young guys are any good
Shawn: Or if Wagner can stay healthy for any period of time
Doc Scott: they have a bunch of younger guys with good stuff-
Standridge, Hudson, etc.
Red Hot Mama: Did you see Lancaster said that Coffey’s taken off yet
Shawn: That’s amazing
JDArney: Coffey is the only bright spot, the rest is fairly mediocre
Red Hot Mama: He used to be downright roly-poly.
BRM: Rick White is similiar to David Weathers I think. They were going
to the same formula as last year…bring in Vets.
Doc Scott: and instead we’re going to see Rick White chucking and
Doc Scott: Coffey will get better, for certain
Jacci: I hope so
Doc Scott: I’d like to see Belisle challenge for a starting spot
Shawn: Standridge I don’t see having sustained success…he was very
lucky last year. Hudson will not be a good bullpen pitcher
Shawn: Coffey was too hittable last year
BRM: Wagner is the one guy who can really dominate hitters when he is
Doc Scott: Standridge and Hudson have similar stuff- big fastball,
sharp curve, poor changeup, poor control
Doc Scott: perfect for one-inning relievers… if they can throw enough
Shawn: Wagner is the only guy in that bullpen with killer stuff
Doc Scott: however, that’s true
Doc Scott: Wagner needs to step it up a few notches
Doc Scott: he was rushed to the majors to begin with
Doc Scott: but it’s largely too late to correct that
BRM: Sad thing is they drafted Wagner BEFORE the Expos drafting Cordero
BRM: same draft
BRM: Cordero was one of the best closers in baseball last year
Shawn: Yeah….but you never know for sure
BRM: but Wagner is from Texas. Apparently that is the main focus of our
Red Hot Mama: It *is* a very large state
BRM: influential too
Doc Scott: Texas and Florida and California are the three biggest
states for ballplayers
Shawn: Drafting is an art, not a science
JDArney: The Reds passed on Derek Jeter too
JDArney: It happens
Doc Scott: wasn’t Johnny Almaraz Texas-based for a long time?
Shawn: That could be because they are the most populous
BRM: I am just saying Wagner was drafted way high projected to be our
JDArney: For Chad Mottola of all people
JDArney: It was a stupid draft pick, would have been a stupid pick to
take Cordero too.
Doc Scott: drafting a reliever in the first round can be like drafting
a kicker or punter
Blade: No doubt BRM
Doc Scott: they better be good, and they better contribute fast
Shawn: Wish we could blame Mottola on O’Brien
Blade: And JD, I never understand teams that take relievers in the
JDArney: The Reds aren’t in need of a quick to the majors bullpen arm,
they have deeper, harder to fill holes.
Doc Scott: the “Moneyball”types liked the Wagner pick
Shawn: Drafting relievers in the first round is the new drafting high
JDArney: They did?
Doc Scott: it was speculated that Ryan could be converted to starting
Doc Scott: that was part of it
Doc Scott: plus he did well so quickly that it was hard to naysay
Shawn: Teams are drafting college closer figuring they can reach the