Monday, March 19, 2012

2012 predictions: Potential All-Stars

Today is the eighth and final day of the series featuring our season predicitons. We hope you've enjoyed reading them as much as we enjoyed writing them. In this post we examine some of the team's potential All-Stars. Here's who we dubbed as the most likely hopefuls:

@RedlegsWriter's picks: Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips, Jay Bruce, Scott Rolen, Johnny Cueto, Mat Latos, Ryan Madson.

-As long as Votto and Cueto stay healthy through the first half, they should be able to book their tickets to Kansas City. The healthy part goes for Rolen too. Okay, so he’s a longshot, but he snuck in last year, so why not in 2012 if he actually plays? When he’s on the field, he is good. DatDudeBP is good enough, and he's just a fun guy. If he doesn't get in by fan vote, he'll surely get the nod from the manager or the players. #Bruuuuuce put up 32 HR and 97 RBIs last year, and there’s some fans who think he still stinks. Why is beyond me. He’s not always the most clutch player, but come on; 32 and 97 with outstanding defense. If he puts up more months resembling closely what he did last May and August, he’ll be a shoe-in for the All-Star roster, and could earn some legitimate MVP votes. If you don’t believe me, then check his monthly splits. If not for a horrid June, he would have had a chance to reach 40 HR and 100+ RBIs.
Cueto and Latos could have some great first half numbers if the Reds put up the kind of wins they’re hoping for, which would propel the two pitchers to possible All-Star selections. Mike Leake could have an outside shot also. Madson as well could have the type of numbers that warrant a trip to KC if he stays healthy and mans the closer role full-time in the first half.

@Redlegs_Review's picks: Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips, Jay Bruce, Johnny Cueto, Mat Latos, Ryan Madson.

-Unless the team comes out like gangbusters and leads the majors in wins at the All-Star Break, I don’t expect all six of these guys to make the Midsummer Classic, but who knows? Stranger things have happened. With that said, barring injury you can go ahead and pencil in at least three of these players to represent Cincinnati in the ASG. Votto and Phillips are virtual locks, Bruce has a chance to make his second straight trip, Cueto could very well be there if he pitches like he did last year, Latos is a bit of a Wild Card, and Madson should receive some consideration as well. And you can never count out someone like Drew Stubbs or Mike Leake having a stellar first half either. Oh, and due to the lack of quality third basemen in the National League right now Scott Rolen might have a chance to sneak in there as well -- much like he did in 2011.

And in case you want to look back on a prior post...

2012 season predictions schedule:
Monday: Offensive MVP
Today: Defensive MVP
Wednesday: Pitching MVP
Thursday: Most Improved
Friday: Top Newcomer
Saturday: Player Poised for Breakout Year
Sunday: Top Rookie

Monday: Potential All-Stars

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