Baseball odds fans can be forgiven for trying to block out what they witnessed last season in Cincinnati.
No team fell further below their baseball odds expectations last year than Reds did and the dismantling of the team during the middle of the season did little to inspire baseball betting odds fans’ confidence. But with a new year comes new baseball odds hopes and everyone in baseball is hoping the Reds can improve upon their 74 win season from a year ago.
Baseball odds makers have modest expectations for the Reds this year and despite competing in a relatively easy division it will be all but impossible to wrestle the division baseball betting odds title away from the Cubs. The best this team can hope for in the upcoming baseball betting odds season is a wild card berth, but even that seems unlikely.
The team’s lineup isn’t very intimidating and the loss of Ken Griffey Jr. and Adam Dunn’s power is a major baseball odds blow. However, Dusty Baker doesn’t seem to be concerned with power so much as run production and will look to a small ball lineup to put runs on the board in the 2009 baseball odds season. But that’s hardly to say that the team’s bats are impotent as the team returns four players to the ’09 baseball odds roster that belted 20 or more HRs last season.
Last year rookies Joey Votto and Jay Bruce gave Reds fans a glimpse of the baseball betting odds future and the people had to like what they say as both hit for power and drove in runs. It’s the young line up that’s loaded with baseball betting odds potential but isn’t all that proven. Brandon Phillips will be the cornerstone of the offense and will a lot of baseball odds pressure to perform.
The team’s best player, however, is pitcher Edinson Volquez who was phenomenal in the baseball odds competition last year, although faltered a bit down the stretch and ended the baseball odds competition with a 17-6 record and a 3.21 ERA. He’ll look to build on that success in the 2009 baseball odds season, although, with batters getting a decent amount of tape on him, that same baseball odds success is hardly guaranteed. The rotation is solid but hardly a world beater with Aaron Harang coming off a nightmare season and Bronson Arroyo having a sub-par year despite notching 14 wins. Francisco Cordero is a top notch closer and one of the best the NL baseball odds.
This young team has plenty of potential but chances of a post season birth look slim.
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