Cards are wanna-be's.
Wanna be whats?
It's not like Maness and Martinez are "just arms." Maness was the organization's pitcher of the year, and Martinez was considered one of the Birds top three or four prospects.
The only reason the Cards are up 2.5 games on us is because they've played us 6 times in StL, in 32 total games. They only get 3 more in the remaining 130.
I agree. Much too soon to panic. The Reds are in it for the long haul. I think the Brewers are going to fade at some point... and the Pirates will too at some point as well.
It's the Reds and Birds for the division... and whomever doesn't win it, will be in the wild card hunt.
Over a full season, SOS means a bunch, because everyone has played each other and the schedules even out, so team's records reflect how good they actually are.
Over one month, SOS is less than meaningless, because every teams's record is heavily influenced by their own strength of schedule. For instance, both the Angels and Nats have had a really tough schedule, so their records makes it look like they're not as good as they really are. Same with the Reds. But I'm certain that by the end of the year, the records of all three teams will be some of the best in the majors.
The Cardinals are deep in their farm system and won't hesitate to call up a young player.
I believe the angels are really bad, and I don't think the nats offense is very good after I saw what the cards pitchers did to them in their sweep.
vs Nationals: 3-4
vs Cards: 2-4
vs Pirates: 0-3
vs Braves: 0-1
With the Cubs you have left out the series' against Pirates and Rangers, both good teams that they have a winning record against. I left out the Angels for the Reds b/c they are currently 11-20, not a good team. I predict they will be by the end of the year, but they are not currently. Cubs have fared well against the bottom feeders just like the Reds. They have also won a few series against some good teams, something the Reds really haven't done. Cubs record is currently skewed due to their difficult schedule. Really didn't notice how difficult it was, but just looked at it.
I have never understood why alot of people discount that 06 team so much. Yes, on the surface 82 wins isn't great, but, that team was riddled with injuries most of the season, only to get healthy in September. It was basically the same team that had over 100 wins and the best record in the majors in 04 and 05.
That was a hell of a team over that 3 year span, and love them or hate them, those guys deserved to get a ring.
And Reds fans have a major craw in their get me up when it comes to the Cards.Quote:
Cardinals are luckiest team in baseball.
Which is as equally annoying as the Cardinals themselves.