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Cincinnati

Cincinnati Reds

  • Manager: Bryan Price
  • Stadium: Great American Ball Park
  • 2006 Record: 80-82 (3rd in NL Cent)
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SLEEPER Dustin Hermanson is back, and looking very good in spring training. He's got a good shot at being the Reds' saves leader at the end of the season.

BUST Adam Dunn's batting average keeps dropping, and it's getting harder for his power to make up for it. Tread carefully.

prospects

HITTER TO WATCH: Joey Votto, 1B Votto is a standard walks-and-power, mediocre-glove first base prospect, although his bat would immediately be an improvement over Scott Hatteberg's.

PITCHER TO WATCH: Homer Bailey, RHP Bailey is the best pitching prospect in the National League, throwing mid-90s heat with an easy delivery.
-- Keith Law, Scouts Inc.

ESPN.com Predictions

  • Peter Gammons
    Gammons

    78-84
    5th in
    NL Central

  • Jayson Stark
    Stark

    85-77
    2nd in
    NL Central

  • Jerry Crasnick
    Crasnick

    78-84
    3rd in
    NL Central

  • Buster Olney
    Olney

    82-80
    t-2nd in
    NL Central

  • Rob Neyer
    Neyer

    73-89
    6th in
    NL Central

  • Tim Kurkjian
    Kurkjian

    78-84
    5th in
    NL Central

  • Steve Phillips
    Phillips

    81-81
    4th in
    NL Central

  • Keith Law
    Law

    75-87
    5th in
    NL Central

  • Jim Caple
    Caple

    76-86
    5th in
    NL Central

  • Eric Karabell
    Karabell

    73-89
    5th in
    NL Central

 

Magazine

FIXED The Reds used six players at shortstop last season and still "couldn't even make the routine plays," says one team member. Collectively, they made 25 errors, and that doesn't include all the mental mistakes. So Cincy deep-sixed the platoon and invested $14M (over three years) in Álex González. "He's the best I've ever played with," says veteran Jeff Conine, who has shared clubhouses with such stars as Miguel Tejada, Jimmy Rollins and Édgar Rentería. First baseman Scott Hatteberg says of González, "I just put my mitt up, and he hits it."

NEEDS FIXING When a team has eight different pitchers with saves, it means there's no closer. The Reds blew 24 of 60 ops last year, and 2007 isn't looking much better. Dustin Hermanson pitched only 6 2/3 innings in '06, due to back problems, but when he signed a minor league deal during spring training, he was immediately thrust into the closer competition. The Reds likely will open the season with Hermanson, David Weathers, 37, and LH Mike Stanton, 39, mixing and matching in the ninth. Where they'll end it, no one knows.

MIDSEASON FIX Homer Bailey has wowed scouts with his power repertoire and maturity at age 20. He was 7­1 with a 1.59 ERA in Double-A in '06, and could soon be the Reds' ace.
-- Tim Kurkjian

ESPN SPORTSNATION

When Great American Ball Park opened, in 2003, it didn't come with the big cost jumps normally associated with new digs. The average ticket price ($17.90) is nearly 20 percent lower than the MLB average ($22.21), and overall costs per season are 10 percent cheaper. Unfortunately, it's only a relative bargain. Reds fans have suffered through six straight losing seasons and three managers.

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"If Harang performs like last season, Arroyo stays consistent and Homer develops into what he could be (The Next Clemens), we could have a good staff this season."
-- TC1988

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