Thursday, July 13, 2006

Part 2 of Reds Bloggers Roundtable

Part 2 of Reds Bloggers Roundtable, featuring:

Shawn from Cincinnati Reds Blog, Part 1
Me, from Church of Baseball, Part 2
Doc Scott from Reds and Blues, Part 3
Ashlee from ...and this one belongs to the Reds, Part 4
JD from Red Reporter, Part 5
Jacci from We Heart the Reds, Part 6
JinAZ from On Baseball and the Reds, Part 7
Red Hot Mama, Part 8

Go to their sites to read it all!

Shawn: Hope everyone got the questions beforehand, in the e-mail.

Shawn: We will start with the first one, and give you a minute to think...what is the biggest (pleasant) surprise of the first half?

JinAZ: Starting rotation.

Daedalus: Bronson Arroyo. (if anyone feels the need to buy me a National League Arroyo shirt, feel free. I like the yellow.) :)

Ashlee: I don't need a minute: starting pitching

Jacci: Yeah, starters

JD: The explosive growth of Red Reporter

JD: Or wait, does it have to be about the Reds?

Shawn: Kaboom!

JinAZ: I'd include Elizardo Ramirez and a few decent starts from Milton along with Arroyo's brilliance.

Red Hot Mama: Brandon Phillips. We had nine potential second basemen until he showed up, then all of the sudden we had just one.

Shawn: That the team is above .500 at the All-Star Break is a surprise to me.

JD: Yeah, I second Brandon Phillips, he's probably my new favorite player.

Doc Scott: I'd say Ramirez. Arroyo and Phillips had past indicators that they'd have success, but Ramirez was pretty lightly regarded before the season.

Daedalus: Oh, wait, when did Krivsky get hired? And Castellini - an owner who actually cares about how the team does?

JinAZ: I love Phillips, but the team is where it is because of their starters.

Shawn: Phillips has really taken off, but he had this potential. Arroyo, I never thought could be this good.

Red Hot Mama: Yeah, he looked awesome last night.

Shawn: The Lizard is young. He had breakout potential.

Ashlee: LoL, RHM, give him a break

JinAZ: Positive thoughts RHM. :)

Shawn: Well, I think we can forgive the guy a bad outing.

Red Hot Mama: That tenth win is a toughy, even the fourth time.

Doc Scott: Arroyo said in the Enquirer today that he hasn't felt right the past two starts... could the heavy work from before be catching up with him?

Shawn: I do expect him to "regress to the mean" in the second half.

JD: And some people thought I was irrational about Rich Aurilia ....

Red Hot Mama: lol

JinAZ: I am worried that Arroyo will crash a bit in the second half. He did last year, and his BABIP has been a bit low all year long.

Daedalus: I think it was LaRue - his presence behind the plate caused Arroyo's problems... ;)

Shawn: It's a good excuse.

Red Hot Mama: And Rich Aurilia didn't even leave you sitting up all night

JD: This is true

Ashlee: Arroyo isn't the only one having issues getting #10

Red Hot Mama: I'm impressed with the Lizard. He's so tiny, and yet he's got some skill.

Shawn: I think Phillips is a good bet to stay above .300 all year.

Shawn: But I am even more excited to have as many as three decent starting pitchers.

JinAZ: I love the kid. He's pitched well almost every time out, even if his record doesn't reflect it

JinAZ: Ramirez that is

Red Hot Mama: Yeah, just look how far Milton is from ten...

Daedalus: I'm thinking Harang should be at about 13 wins now. How many of his Ws has the bullpen given away?

Doc Scott: Ross was quite a surprise as well- he'd had power outbursts in the past, like when he first came up with the Dodgers, but when he was acquired people were thinking he'd be sent to the minors

Daedalus: Will Milton even get to ten this year?

Red Hot Mama: home runs? Possibly

Doc Scott: he'd been ditched by three organizations for peanuts

JinAZ: I'm very surprised with Ross. He's always had power, but never has shown this sort of patience

Ashlee: I think he's already there, RHM!

Red Hot Mama: I mean hitting them

Shawn: Ross is having the obligatory journeyman catcher career year.

JinAZ: Probably, but it's fun to watch. :)

JD: I once saw David Ross scissor kick Angela Lansbury. It was beautiful.

Doc Scott: honestly, I wouldn't anoint Ross the next Johnny Bench any more than Bench anointed Chris Gruler the next Tom Seaver

Doc Scott: but who would have thought that ol' rock-solid, best-since-Slaught-and-LaValliere Catching Platoon would be in shambles?

Shawn: I would trade LaRue to keep Ross, if such a thing were possible.

Daedalus: You know what I think the biggest surprise may be? St. Louis being so awful.

Jacci: Yes! I was going to say that too!

Jacci: But then I didn't

Shawn: the catching platoon had a career year last year

Doc Scott: the Cards' pitching staff, especially the starters, has had its own "market correction"

Ashlee: Good Lord, yes. And this far into the season...

Doc Scott: year after year they'd had such incredible luck with health and effectiveness

JinAZ: Valentin's been pretty bad, although I think that LaRue has been insanely unlucky. Hope so anyway.

Shawn: St. Louis being down is helping keep the Reds in the race.

Jacci: And even with the precious Pujols back in action

Daedalus: Yes, so true

Shawn: The Cards are currently Pujols, Rolen, Carpenter, and not much else.

Daedalus: A team one game over .500 shouldn't be in second place.

Doc Scott: The Cards have had a tent-poled lineup for years.

Doc Scott: they've won with it, no problem

JinAZ: A team one game over 0.500 shouldn't win the division, but the Padres were about there last year. :)

Daedalus: What's their farm system like?

Jacci: The Cards or the Padres? Not that I know either way

Daedalus: Yeah, JinAZ, and it looks like they might be there this year, too.

JD: The NL Central is the 2006 version of the 2005 NL West ... or something like that anyway.

Daedalus: Cards

Doc Scott: it's their pitching- Ponson's bag of Ding Dongs ran out, Mulder's hurt, and Marquis is throwing meatballs

Daedalus: But the 2006 NL West is about as bad as the 2005.

Doc Scott: Reds' farm system is probably still better than the Cards'

JinAZ: Sickels rates 8 of the the cardinals prospects as a B- or better

Daedalus: Two best prospects in the minors? Yeah!

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