2009 Season Record: 78-84
The Cincinnati Reds come into 2010 off a season where they won 78 despite their performance on the mound.
The Reds' rotation, which includes Aaron Harang (6-14, 4.18 ERA), Edison Volquez (4-2, 4.35 ERA), Bronson Arroyo (15-13, 3.84 ERA), Johnny Cueto (11-11, 4.41), and youngster Homer Bailey (8-5, 4.53), disappointed in 2009.
Volquez, who just a year before won 17 games and had 3.21 ERA, was limited by an elbow injury. If Volquez can return close to his 2008 self, the Reds could see brighter days.
If Homer Bailey matures a bit more and reaches his potential, the Reds could make some noise and might give Milwaukee and Chicago a run for their money.
Also, if and when highly-touted Cuban prospect, Aroldis Chapman comes up, the Reds' rotation could be solidified.
On offense, the Reds were led by Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips and gold-glover, Scott Rolen.
Votto hit .322/.414/.567 with 25 HR and 84 RBI for the year. Phillips hit .276/.329/.447 and 20 HR along with 98 RBI. Rolen, who's known for his defensive prowess, hit .305/.368/.455 with 11 HR and 67 RBI.
Collectively as a team, however, the Reds hit .247/.318/.394 and managed to swipe 98 bases. As a team, they ranked 15th in BAA, 10th in OPS and 13th in SLG.
If the Reds hope to improve in 2010, their entire team has to step it up a notch or two. The pitching has to come together, and the offense needs to hit the ball better.