Well, the disastrous 2007 season sputters to a close this afternoon, and I think it is safe to say that we all hoped the season would have gone much better for our beloved Redlegs. Instead, it’s a seventh straight losing season; more of the same.
There are reasons, however, to be cautiously optimistic about the Reds. One of those reasons is today’s starting pitcher: Homer Bailey. Bailey should be entrenched in the starting rotation for the foreseeable future, and it will be fun to watch him improve with every outing next year.
If GM Wayne Krivsky can just make a few good moves this off-season (starting with bringing back Adam Dunn, and ending with getting some real pitchers — not Cormier/Stanton types — for the bullpen), I see no reason that the Reds can’t be serious contenders in the National League Central division in 2008.
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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.
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