Page 2 of In Dusty's 5th season the team is off to another lackluster start sitting at 3-4 and scoring 21 runs in 7 games. The pitching staff has been unable to go past 6 innings but once and pitchers just don't seem ready. In the 4 years prior to this year they have been nothing better than a mediocre team at best. In 2008 they were 9-12 in April and finished 74-88. In 2009 they were 11-10 in April and finished 78-84. In 2010 they finally made the playoffs and finished 91-71 after starting 12-11... 58 comments | 801 Views | Go to page 1 →

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    Quote Originally Posted by spindoc View Post
    I had always held out hope we would somehow have Davey Johnson back in the dugout for the Reds. Instead, we get the washed up veteran loving, poor bullpen managing toothpick muncher.
    Personally I think it's time to give David Bell a big league shot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HammerTime View Post
    Marty frequently talks about how Stubbs gets great jumps on balls. I have heard others say it as well. Sorry but I would take the HOFer's word over yours. He has been calling baseball longer than we have been alive.
    He needs to get a look from the outfield then because he does NOT get a great jump on the ball.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmderringer10 View Post
    With a win tonight they're 1 game out of first (assuming the cubs don't blow the 8-0 lead they have right now).

    It's 7 games into the season and one of their best offensive threats has only played in half of the games. They'll be fine...
    You very well could be right. I'm not one who is panicking but I see bad trends that sometimes carry on into the season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmderringer10 View Post
    A month or two into the season and it's fair game. Not a week into the year...
    It's way too early, but they have 3 good offensive players out of 8 regulars. That's something to worry about right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by HammerTime View Post
    Agreed this Panic attitude is ridiculous 7 games into the season.
    Who's panicking?

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    The one issue that really bothers me about this team is that they do not really have many contact hitters in the daily lineup. There are too many hitters with holes in their swings. This makes it difficult to have prolonged innings because there are so many hitters in the lineup that strikeout alot.

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    #1 in runs 2 years ago. #2 in runs last year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SSC View Post
    It's way too early, but they have 3 good offensive players out
    of 8 regulars. That's something to worry about right?
    They have just as much talent, if not more, than every other team in the division.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmderringer10 View Post
    They have just as much talent, if not more, than every other team in the division.

    They have 3 good offensive players. They start 8 regulars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HammerTime View Post
    #1 in runs 2 years ago. #2 in runs last year.

    Only offensive stat that matters to me is games scoring 4 runs or more

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    Quote Originally Posted by SSC View Post
    They have 3 good offensive players. They start 8 regulars.

    Which team in the division clearly has more talent?

    I'll be waiting on that answer....

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    Doesn't matter who has the most talent, its who produces the best and wins games.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmderringer10 View Post
    Which team in the division clearly has more talent?

    I'll be waiting on that answer....
    St Louis by a wide margin. Milwaukee as well but not by as much
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    Quote Originally Posted by SSC View Post
    St Louis by a wide margin. Milwaukee as well but not by as much

    I can guarantee you wouldn't be saying that if the Reds were in first place right now. What part of the Brewers lineup is better than the Reds? A case could be made for St. Louis but it's not a wide margin at all. St. Louis just has players who are executing better...

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmderringer10 View Post
    I can guarantee you wouldn't be saying that if the Reds were in first place right now. What part of the Brewers lineup is better than the Reds? A case could be made for St. Louis but it's not a wide margin at all. St. Louis just has players who are executing better...
    The Reds have 3 good position players.

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    If I was rating the three teams, position-by-position:

    C: Cardinals have the edge with Molina, and I would take Mesoraco over the Brewers' duo.

    1B: Votto clearly the best, with Berkman way ahead of Gamel.

    2B: I would rather have Weeks than Phillips, but I can see the other way ... no matter who the Cardinals go with, they're way behind.

    SS: No major edge for any team.

    3B: No major advantage. Ramirez's defense is subpar and his bat will slow down. Freese isn't nearly as good as he was in October. Rolen's just old.

    LF: Braun clearly the man. Holliday is good, well ahead of what the Reds have.

    CF: No real edge. The jury is out on Jay as an everyday player. Stubbs is Stubbs. Morgan/Gomez could be the best.

    RF: For this year ... Beltran, Bruce and Hart. Bruce could easily nudge ahead of Beltran, especially if the knee problems crop up.

    Rotation: Top two, I like Cueto and Latos slightly over Gallardo and Greinke or Marcum. If Marcum is healthy, he's the best #3 guy. Wainwright is coming off TJ surgery and I don't expect Lohse to repeat last year.

    Bullpen: Probably the Cardinals, but I don't see a significant edge for anybody.

    Overall: You can make the argument that the Cards and Reds are close, with maybe the Cards slightly better. Milwaukee lags behind, especially in the position players.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SSC View Post
    St Louis by a wide margin. Milwaukee as well but not by as much

    How about that Adam Wainright? Dusty ruined his arm causing him to have TJ surgery and now he looks like he has lost it - 0 wins 2 losses, 11.42 ERA.

    And of course Dusty overworked Carpenter. That's why he is hurt and not even in the rotation.

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    RE: westsider's breakdown above:

    I agree with most, except I take Ramirez at 3B and I take Phillips at 2B over Weeks because Phillips defense is so great.

    You left Carpenter out of the St. Louis top 2. Perhaps that was intentional since he is injured but until they say he is done, I include him and take Wainwright/Carpenter as the best 1-2. (Obviously my post above is tongue in cheek ).

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    Quote Originally Posted by SSC View Post
    The Reds have 3 good position players.
    And the Brewers have 2....

    St. Louis has 3-4.

    Like I said, if the Reds were in first place I guarantee you wouldn't be saying this.

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    Once again. The Reds have 3 good position players. Everyone should take Freese over Rolen. If Carpenter isn't shut down they have a clear advantage at 1-2 SP over the Reds. The Reds have 1 starter that I think will hit over .280 unless Phillips does and I don think he will.