Wednesday, December 28, 2011

How does Reds Bullpen Rank Among MLB?

Sean Marshall adds another stopper at the backend of the Reds 'pen

Buster Olney of ESPN.com has been busy this week ranking the league's top pitching staffs for 2012. Olney thought so highly of the Redlegs 'pen that he placed them among one of the league's elite.

Dusty Baker's arsenal of bullpen arms came in at #10c on the MLB's 10 best bullpens list. (It's an ESPN Insider piece, so you'll have to subscribe or sign-up to view the entire list).

But just for our sake, here is the excerpt about the Reds:

10c.
"The Reds have a lot of weapons, and they've added Sean Marshall, who is one of the best lefty relievers. But with Francisco Cordero still in free agency, the structure of the Cincinnati bullpen is still uncertain. Will Aroldis Chapman be a setup man? Who will be the closer? How will some of the Reds' relievers bounce back after a year of heavy work?"

Olney also produced a top ten list of starting rotations, however, Cincinnati was not included. All bias aside, I find it hard to believe that a starting five consisting of Mat Latos, Johnny Cueto, Mike Leake, Bronson Arroyo, and either Aroldis Chapman or Homer Bailey does not rank among MLB's top one-third.

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