SI’s Tom Verducci names the Reds as the team most likely to be the 2008 version of the Rockies/Indians (i.e., a team that rebounds from garbage to the playoffs, without spending a gazillion dollars to remake their roster).

Essentially, this rebound would come from better luck, an improved bullpen, and the presence of a veteran manager.  Whether you agree with Verducci’s methodology, it’s always nice to read good things about the Reds.  This is the first time I’ve felt (guardedly) optimistic in a long time.  

(Thanks to reader Kerm for the tip).