While searching for something else, I ran across Hal McCoy’s keys to the 2010 season. He was mostly correct:
Three things the Cincinnati Reds must do in 2010 to win the National League Central:
1 Aaron Harang must win 14 to 17 games — preferably 17 — instead of losing 14 to 17 games, as he has done the past two seasons. Of course, it would help immensely if his offense would score more than 3.42 runs a game, as it did in 2009, or 3.52 a game, as it did in 2008, the least it scored for any starter both years.
2 Joey Votto must be the Joey Votto he was last year from Opening Day until July 26, when he was hitting .352. Then he went a month and a half with a .207 average, finally righting himself on Sept. 9 to hit .550 the rest of the season. The Reds need the April-May-June-July-September Votto and the August Votto needs to stay away.
3 Remember Jay Bruce’s first major-league week in May 2008 when he had 15 hits and three homers and fans began calling him Bruce Almighty? Well, he finished the season hitting .254, although he had 21 homers. He had 22 homers last year, but hit only .223. That won’t cut it. For the Reds to win a flag, Bruce must become more multi-faceted at the plate.
Well, number one didn’t happen, did it? Somehow, the Reds recovered to have a decent season.