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  1. I could see the Reds contending if they were in a weaker division. But I think they’re going to have a real tough time beating out the Cubs for the division and either the Mets or Phils for the Wild Card.

    Comment by Matt — April 2, 2009 @ 9:24 pm

  2. And Dusty batting Willy leadoff despite the .300 OBP.

    Comment by Gabriel — April 2, 2009 @ 9:34 pm

  3. Yeah, everyone crowing about the Reds always forgets about Dusty. He ruined Harang last season with that retarded relief stunt and he overworked Volquez, sending him from a sub 2 ERA to one in the mid 3s.

    Comment by mark — April 2, 2009 @ 10:50 pm

  4. Yes, Dusty Baker is the reason Edinson Volquez did not finish the season with a sub-2.00 ERA.

    Comment by Carter — April 2, 2009 @ 11:44 pm

  5. No, but Dusty Baker is the reason Volquez will get hurt this year.

    Comment by Kevin S. — April 2, 2009 @ 11:59 pm

  6. Yeah, because when I think of a tough division I think of the NL Central which has the Astros, Pirates and a Brewers team (sans CC Sabathia and Ben Sheets) in it.

    Comment by The Riddler — April 3, 2009 @ 12:27 am

  7. great preview, thanks

    Comment by mevs — April 3, 2009 @ 1:13 am

  8. i like the Reds to win 85. probably not good enough to win a wild-card, but close.

    Comment by David A — April 3, 2009 @ 10:04 am

  9. sans Cordero, Burton’s the best arm in that pen. Not far behind Cordero either.

    Comment by mike — April 3, 2009 @ 3:23 pm

  10. You forgot that they have Jared Burton and Arthur Rhodes in that bullpen also. The Reds have one of the most well rounded bullpens in the league.

    It’s funny I remember before the beginning of last season telling my friends that the Rays were going to compete. This year I’m telling them the Reds are.

    Comment by brian recca — April 4, 2009 @ 2:22 am

  11. I don’t mean to nitpick, but Phillips doesn’t really have much pop, especially with that awful .312 OBP last year.

    Comment by George — April 6, 2009 @ 1:21 am

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    Comment by Samantha Mathews — February 6, 2010 @ 4:42 am

  13. Easily the strangest comment I’ve seen on FanGraphs.

    Comment by ken — February 6, 2010 @ 11:43 am

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