Monday, April 20, 2009

Reds Win Again and Bengals Draft Talk.

First off, Sunday's win in Houston was a gift. But hey, the Reds are 6-5 so enjoy it while you can. The problem with the Reds is the problem many of us feared before the season: The inability to score. I'm fairly sure they will be hitting the ball better at some point, but will they consistently score enough runs? Right now they are 1 game above .500 in the standings while they are -11 in runs scored. That is a trend that will not continue. I remember the Diamondbacks stayed in the race last year or the year before while allowing more runs than they scored, but it's very, very rare that it happens. I like the Reds pitching and I think they are a better defensive club. I also think they're in the early stages of reconstructing this team. It may not happen this year, but they are on the right track. That is one declaration I feel confident making after just 11 games of the regular season.

Now for the Bengals draft. It's interesting every year, but this year will really test the Bengals commitment to be more physical and contend with the teams in the tough AFC North. The way I see it, they have to go with linemen, especially in the first round. The Bengals will likely get a shot at a somewhat enigmatic lineman with the 6th overall pick. By process of elimination, that lineman would be Andre Smith of Alabama. Geoff Hobson of was on our Sports Rock show Sunday night. He says every highly ranked player in this year's draft comes with a buyer-beware tag.

We had another great time on the show Sunday Night. We hope Butch (Geoff) had fun as well and we appreciate his insight. We'll have post-draft talk next Sunday night at 11:35.

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