The Cincy Reds, with Joey Votto, won in 2010.
"They'll win again—" inertia informs our sports-talk's motto,
"—they're young and fresh; anyway, rarely on ESPN,
The Cincy Reds with Joey Votto."
Division vocce leaning mostly toward polite sotto,
it's easy: carry 2010, add one, assume a zen
quiet 'cross the strings of that statistical vibrato.
But winning rarely happens over and over again;
tickets come prepaid at the regressionary lotto
and champs get two for one on every damned pull-tab, even
The Cincy Reds with Joey Votto.
The Cincinnati Reds aren't one year wonders, but it's hard not to see a little regression on the horizon for a team that got a .297 batting average out of Ramon Hernandez (and a big season from Ryan Hanigan); an Albert Pujols season out of a guy who hadn't done that 10 times already; 133 games and 20 home runs from Scott Rolen; a 106 OPS+ from Miguel Cairo, etc.
They've got a lot of positives, namely a lot of potentially useful pitchers and those guys Jay Bruce and Joey Votto. But their primacy in the preseason picks columns is based mostly on inattention, inertia, and—the Don King in me wants another in- word, but this doesn't seem like the right place for "independence" or "indecency."