Re: Interesting: The result of "the trade"
Interesting analysis, I have wondered how dramatic an affect the bullpen would have with the gain, vs. the offense vs. the loss. I understand some people's feelings that we may have only recieved 2 'marginal' middle relievers - but even that is a significant upgrade over what we've had.
I contended that at the beginning of the year when we traded away WMP for Arroyo, that even if Arroyo performed to league average expectations we'd have done well for ourselves. Its the same with the bullpen. The bullpen was SO COMPLETELY DISASTEROUS, that even a trade for 2 "marginal" middle relievers(who I contend, btw, are better than that), would be good for the Reds.
I hate to say it, becuase I've been watching some great offense in Cincinnat the last several years(again, admittedly though, not much else), and its hard to see it go... but I hate to admit, its really pitching and defense that win championships. It really is. A good pitcher will shut down a good offense most of the time - evidence - your great Reds offense, which has largely been hit or miss.
We traded some runs on the offensive side for saving some runs on the defensive side. So far, it seems we've defended more runs than we gave up on the offense. I'm still struggling to come to grips with the trade, its hard to lose two fan favorites, especially for something that seemingly should net you more in return. But lets face it, if this gets us in - I'll love this trade. Even if this gets us close, I will give Krivsky credit - he tried to win it for us.
let me say that again..
HE TRIED TO WIN IT FOR US
Thats completely more than Obrien EVER tried to do for us. I'm grateful for the fact we're competing and its almost August!!! Whens the last time we were in this position? Its been a LONG TIME. Enjoy it Reds fans. Its head and shoulders above any expectatiosn ANY OF US had before the year started.
C Peace Out.
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