Will Ryan Wagner “work out?” Chris Garber 12/28/2005 5 John Sickels asks this question about the Reds’ struggling young reliever. Share this:TweetPrint 5 Responses Jim McCullough 12/28/2005 I think being exposed to Gullett did him no good. Ruhle should have him coming out of camp confident and ready to take on hitters. Chad 12/29/2005 I hope you’re right, Jim. We’re pretty desperate for solid relief pitching. A return to form by Wagner would go a long way to making this team competitive. Bill 12/29/2005 Chad….we could have the Nasty Boys and w/o some vast improvement in the rotation, this team would still be a LONG way from competitive. EricTW 12/30/2005 Honestly, I don’t really agree with that. I know it’s not the popular opinion, but we don’t need a great pitching staff to be competitive. We need a decent pen and 5 guys in the rotation who can post mid-4 ERA’s. We have three now, with Harang, Claussen, and Williams. If we could sign one more good SP and have Wilson and/or Milton return to form, this team will be competitive. I’m not saying they’ll make the playoffs, but they’ll post a .500 or above record. Ken 12/31/2005 Exactly! I recently posted this on the Pokey Reese thread: “By the way, that 2000 team (85-77) is proof that you can be decent with a crummy staff. Only Neagle was good, and he was traded in July (for what eventually became Wily Mo). Some optimism for Ã¢â‚¬Ëœ06.” Parris, Villone, Harnisch, and Rob Bell . . . these guys were all below average. ERAs in the high 4s and low 5s. Harang, Claussen, and Williams should all be better than that. And Milton/Wilson/Hancock can’t be any worse (right?). After these past few years, 85 wins sounds mighty good.