Which is exactly what the Reds should have done.
More classic Cards fans showing just how stupid they honesty are, Nats don't have Ace and lose and Reds lose ace and lose and that makes Beltran better than Ludwick since his team didn't advance.
Good job Cards way to have the 11th best record in MLB! Nice work finishing 9 games out of the division and 6 games out of the WC. :thumbup:
Instead, they stuck with Stubbs, who was horrible. And had a lineup that was way too RH.
Reds sign Beltran to play RF and they're still playing baseball. But they let the Cards pull off yet another coup.
In the 2000's the teams with the most wins in the season have a 75-66 record, the teams with the least amount of wins are 72-66 and both the Tigers and Cards who were tied for the 11th best record in baseball are still alive. So if they combined to win 4 games the teams who had the fewest regular season wins in the 2000's will have won more playoff games than the teams with the best records.
That's a bad stat for baseball
If MLB is going to dumb down the playoffs the teams with the best record in each league should earn 5 1st round home games. That will give them something legit to fight for. Another issues is the rank them 1-5 and make the worst two 2 teams play in WC game, finishing 2nd in stacked divisions like the AL East and West is more impressive than winning the AL Central with just 88 wins.
My point was that your throwing out stats is pointless. Who was better in the DCS?
Want to talk stupid? With Gio falling apart AND Storen on the verge of critical mass. Johnson did nothing. Let's also bring up his decision to bring in Jackson who was horrible his last time out and on 2 days rest. Guess it was lucky that the Nats pitchers fell apart.
Gio is good no doubt but Stephen Strasburg is one of the games elite pitchers. He has a career 1.09 WHIP and a .233 BAA and he's only getting better. The Nats went 19-9 in his starts and 12-19 when Edwin Jackson pitched, so the Nats were -7 when Jackson starts despite being 32 games over .500 and that's not counting the playoff loss.
If they could have started Strasburg in game 2 it allows them to go with Jordan Zimmermann at home in game 3 where he hadn't lost since the middle of May at Nationals Park! Also if Strasburg was on the roster they could have brought him back from game 2 to pitch in relief in game 5.
For a Cardinals fan to act like Strasburg over Ed Jackson isn't a issue is comical and proves my point about how dumb and blind you guys are with absolutely no Self-awareness of the massive amount of breaks your team gets.
Only three Reds could crack the Cards' starting line-up - and one of them (Votto) by season's end (with the knee injury) had less power than their 1b (A. Craig).
Call the Cardinals lucky - the Reds would have lost to them in the playoffs - just as a BETTER team (Washington) did.
Cozart is better than Kozma, Ludwick had a better year then Beltran for 10M less and I'm sure the Cards would take Bruce and his 34 HR and 99 over Holliday's 27 and 102 for 12 less million. And BP and Joey blow away what the Cards have there.
Only Cards fans still think the best teams win in the playoffs, how cute. Look above a couple posts and see how the weakest teams are about to win more playoffs games than the teams in the best record in baseaball in the playoffs in 2000's.
In the playoffs SP depth becomes meaningless as its all about your top guys. Cards get a top guy back they win with him, Nats and Reds lose a top guy for the playoffs and they are going home.
Much like the NCAA tournament the more you let in the more likely the good teams are going to lose. Houston could win a 5 game series if they go in.