From Today’s Sporting News.

In their previews, they list “3 Questions”. For the Reds, they are:

1) What happened in the offseason?

TSN talks about Jocketty not making many moves, but the ones he made bode well for the future. Long term: The Chapman signing; short term: Getting rid of Taveras and signing Gomes.

2) Where’s the offense?

The piece says the Reds play in a hitter’s park and have a potentially strong middle of the lineup, but they voice concerns about health (mentioning Bruce, Rolen, and Hernandez).

3) Is Chapman ready?

Says most scouts like Strasburg more than Chapman, but says Chapman might make the majors first.

Predicts Justin Lehr as the #5 starter.

They rate the Offense, Pitching, and Bench “C” and the Manager a “B”

10 Responses

  1. al

    and that is why the sporting news isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on.

  2. Matt B.

    With all due respect to Lehr, I’ll be absolutely shocked if he is the Reds’ fifth starter.

  3. Chris Garber

    No offense to Lehr, but he stinks.

  4. Matt WI

    Manager = “B” grade? That’s some kind of generous curve. Stupid grade inflation.

  5. Steve Price

    As far as Sickels says…I would add one more step…once he reached the majors, I’d put him in the bullpen first, and then find a couple of spot starts.

  6. Y-City Jim

    Bruce – Health? Because he hurt himself diving for a ball?

  7. Bill Lack

    I understand the anti-SN bias, but if you read their daily email edition, it’s actually pretty darn good. I’ve not seen a daily sports news email that even comes close to it. Like everything else, you can (at times) take issue with the editorial articles, but their coverage of sports (especially the big 4 and the NCAA) is outstanding.

  8. per14

    Yeah, I like the daily email edition as well. It’s quite good.

    My grades:

    Offense = C- (Okay. A little worse than average.)
    Defense = A (One of the best in the league.)
    Pitching = B (Could be strong. Should at least be better than league average.)
    Manager = D- (A complete disaster. Could be okay on certain types of teams, but this is not one of those types.)

  9. TC

    Once again, what do I care what some sports writers in New York who don’t follow the team have to say about it. I get the sense sometimes they are looking at a cheat sheet to see how some of the names are spelled. I think the article is way, way off on many counts. But what do I know? I’m just a fan who devotes way too much time following this team. What could I know that the “experts” don’t?

    The article basically says the best thing about the Reds is the manager. ‘Nuff said. Point proven.