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Roush's socks
05-26-2011, 07:32 PM
The thread on the ORG is right on. The SP has been the problem this year. The Reds are scoring runs and re one of the top offensive teams in the NL. The defense is also above average. The bullpen has been good, with only a couple of bad appearances all year.

The Reds are mediocre (not bad or good) because their starters have been mediocre. Too many games where they fall behind 2-4 runs right off the bat. Not enough stellar performances. Volquez has been rocked. The Reds don't even have one pitcher (except maybe Cueto now) who can be counted on to pitch well.

The fix? They could make a trade if the opporntunity comes up. If not, they will just have to keep running out the same guys and see who steps up. Leake and/or Lecure could be in the rotation. They have both looked promising at times. If Arroyo comes around, and he should, and Cueto continues to stay solid, they have something to build on. At least the Reds started the season with depth at the SP position and now they just need to figure out who to stick with and who to dump.

Also, I don't blame Dusty or the FO for this because every team is in the same position every year and SP is always a challenge.

brm7675
05-26-2011, 07:41 PM
I agree to a point, but there have been a number of games where our SP has performed and our offense has not. We should have easily taken 2 out of 3 from Cleveland, but due to poor lineup card construction we didn't. To keep a player like Gomes on the roster when it is clear he is not major league material makes no sense. To be locked into Rolen as we are when it's clear his better days are behind him is poor mag't.

Roush's socks
05-26-2011, 10:57 PM
I agree to a point, but there have been a number of games where our SP has performed and our offense has not. We should have easily taken 2 out of 3 from Cleveland, but due to poor lineup card construction we didn't. To keep a player like Gomes on the roster when it is clear he is not major league material makes no sense. To be locked into Rolen as we are when it's clear his better days are behind him is poor mag't.

I think Gomes is on the way out. Of course the offense could be even better. But I disagree that they should cut ties with Rolen. He is a good defensive 3B even if his offense isn't what it used to be.

BluegrassRedleg
05-27-2011, 12:46 AM
You can't take a raw number like total runs scored and draw a conclusion so easily. The Reds' offense is wildly inconsistent. There's a feast-or-famine aspect a lot of times.

They have issues creating runs on a consistent basis, and they have consistency issues with the pitching staff. It's a little of both.

BluegrassRedleg
05-27-2011, 12:47 AM
I think Gomes is on the way out. Of course the offense could be even better. But I disagree that they should cut ties with Rolen. He is a good defensive 3B even if his offense isn't what it used to be.

But with them getting absolutely nothing from SS and LF, they can't afford to have 3B unproductive as well, no matter how strong he is with the glove.