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WVPacman
04-29-2009, 12:13 AM
Hang with me guys I know I an't a good topic starter like some of you pros but I had to write this.

As we all know Dusty has now changed the Cincinnati Reds from being a power hitting team to now a team that has to play little ball day in and day out.Our offense has started off horrible this year and to be honest I don't see it getting any better any time soon.We only have two guys that are hitting the ball pretty good and thats Votto and Bruce.Every body else are having major problems including EE and Phillips.I for one miss us scoring seven runs every other game like we used to with our homerun sluggers but we can't do that now b/c we don't really have a power hitting lineup and b/c of that we are lucky to score maybe three runs a game instead of seaven like we used to.

It really sucks b/c we have a good pitching staff that are pitching really well and the offense is letting them down on a constant basis.

RedsManRick
04-29-2009, 01:37 AM
Runs are scored by getting on base and advancing around the bases. Whether you walk and trot or slap and steal, you've got to do both -- right now we're not doing either. And the thing is, we can't blame it all on Dunn. Votto has done a pretty nice impression there. This team isn't scoring because it's getting sub-replacement production from more positions than not.

Ltlabner
04-29-2009, 07:16 AM
I don't care if they hit homers, hit a bunch of singles & bunts or get very proficient at being hit by pitches. Just get on base, and continue to advance until you cross home plate.

That, right now, the Reds are not doing. And are not likely to do with any frequency this year.

But that was the design of the team, so I'm not sure why it's a shock.

jojo
04-29-2009, 07:26 AM
Thru 20 games last year, the Reds were 8-12 and 5.5 games out of first place with a pythag record that suggested they should've won 9 games.

Thru 20 this year, the Reds are 10-10 and are 3.5 games back but have outplayed their pythag by two wins.

The winds of change?

HokieRed
04-29-2009, 08:23 AM
Sorry to post this but it's what I was thinking when I got up this morning. It comments implicitly on "little ball." "What could have been": Bruce RF, Hamilton CF, Dunn LF, Votto 1B--and any combination of league average righthanders at the other four spots. Rotation of Harang, Arroyo, Lohse, Cueto, Bailey.

flyer85
04-29-2009, 09:05 AM
I don't think any change in approach is due mainly to Dusty. Simply due to the fact that they have lesser offensive players. The fact that this team is struggling to score(and it will likely continue) is no surprise.

Degenerate39
04-29-2009, 09:27 AM
Sorry to post this but it's what I was thinking when I got up this morning. It comments implicitly on "little ball." "What could have been": Bruce RF, Hamilton CF, Dunn LF, Votto 1B--and any combination of league average righthanders at the other four spots. Rotation of Harang, Arroyo, Lohse, Cueto, Bailey.

Apparently you have to split the lefties though. Dusty wouldn't know what to do with his four best hitters being lefties. But it would be an awesome lineup indeed.

Chip R
04-29-2009, 10:30 AM
In the games I've seen, I haven't seen a lot of "little ball". Of course they haven't got on base a lot.