So says Hal McCoy. I’m not sure how I feel about that. If he can recapture his form of a couple of seasons ago, this is a very good development. If his velocity has not returned, however, I’m worried.

Guess we’ll wait and see.

Meanwhile, I cannot wait for the season to get here. I’m ready for some real baseball.

UPDATE: The selection of Hermanson does not inspire much confidence in Shawn.

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  1. I’m just skeptical of him since absolutely no one wanted to take a chance on him. ‘Cracked vertebrae’ sounds an awful lot like ‘broken back’ to me. Perhaps the plan is to ride the horse ’til it drops and hope Bray or Coffey can step up; and if that fails hope he makes it through long enough for Eddie to make a recovery. El Guapo is up to 30 pitches in bullpen sessions. I hope Hermanson is a great find, but I still have my doubts right now. Add to the puzzle that by the time he is entering games during Spring he is probably facing lots of guys wearing jerseys in the 70’s and 80’s and without names on them. I hope for the best, but realistically I don’t see him making it through May. Hope I’m wrong.

  2. This is interesting in that if Hermanson’s healthy I have more confidence in him than I have in the other old guys but I don’t think he will be anywhere near as successful as Bray or Coffey.

    Here is how i’d rate the quality of the bullpen. I’m right with you preach for thinking Bray or Coffey are our best relievers.

    Bray
    Coffey
    Belisle
    Santos
    Salmon
    Hermanson
    Weathers
    Coutlangus
    Saarloos
    Shackelford
    Medlock
    Stanton
    Cormier

    Stanton and Cormier are two guys I wouldn’t guarantee roster spots. But you know…they are veterans or something

    mike

  3. Can’t really rely on Coffey or Bray to step it up, so you have to have a plan in place beforehand. Coffey got hit harder as the season went on and was even worse when given opportunities as a closer. If Hermanson is even an average closer, it gives Coffey, Bray, Belisle, et cetera plenty of time to show that they have the guts to do close out the pressure situations.

  4. For what it’s worth, during the game today – in which Hermanson threw a scoreless 9th – Jeff Brantley absolutely raved over the pitches and arm action that Hermanson displayed. Varying arm slots and straight-down-breaking sliders illustrated, said the announcer, that Hermanson’s back was in excellent shape, because of the torque generated by those conditions. Again, consider the source and the timing, but Brantley thought he looked even better than he did when he closed for the White Sox a couple years back.

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but I thought a slider that broke straight down was a contradiction. Wouldn’t a pitch that behaved that way be more likely to be a splitter?

  5. I AM SOMEWHAT SKEPTICAL AS PREACH IS. WOULDN’T IT BE GREAT IF HERMANSON REVIVED HIS CAREER WITH THE REDS THIS YEAR THOUGH? WITH A LITTLE BASEBALL LUCK ON OUR SIDE WE MIGHT JUST MAKE THE PLAYOFFS!! DID ANYONE SEE THE SPORTS ILLUSTRATED BASEBALL PREVIEW? THE REDS ARE PICKED TO FINISH DEAD LAST IN THE NL CENTRAL! HOW CAN THE “SPORTS CRITICS” ACTUALLY SEE THAT PITTSBURGH OR EVEN MILWAUKEE HAVE BETTER LINEUPS AND POTENTIAL?!SORRY, JUST VERY UPSET ABOUT THE SI ARTICLE.

  6. Is it possible that Bray will start on the DL just so they can keep Salmon and wait to see which old guy will suck the most? That way they can bring Bray up and release the one of the old guys who isn’t doing well while keeping a young guy who could be decent.

  7. Being a fan I really believe the Reds will be a good team this year, espicially after the good spring they’ve put together. The problem is I also tend to agree with SI and almost every other publication. This offense really could be anemic this year. I say this statement with the understanding that fantasy isn’t the real game. But every fantasy publication, website etc., you can’t find a single Red high in a position ranking and I have to agree with it. That being said I’m still rooting for this team to surprise offensively and Harang to come out of his spring blues and start pitching effectively.

  8. I’m more comfortable with Hermanson than I am with a Weathers/Stanton/Bray committee. If Hermanson’s health becomes an issue the team can always go back to that original plan.

    Honestly, I think the Reds 3 and 4 starters are going to be more of a problem. The lack of quality starts they are going to get out of Milton and Loshe are going to kill the bullpen. Hermanson may end up healthy as a horse just sitting there in the bullpen with a lack of save opportunities.

  9. Hermanson just has to stay healthy enough until the All Star break when Everyday Eddie gets back. From the limited action I have watched from spring training Hermanson has been effective. Hopefully he recaptures his 2003-mid 05 form with the Giants and White Sox. Wven he Hermanson does not work out, The reds did not invest a large amount of money in him and he he works outt hen iut is a great flier they spent.

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Blame Chad for creating this mess. Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, "The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds" is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad's musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine. You can email Chad at chaddotson@redlegnation.com.

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