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.
Can you imagine what our record would be if we'd have started with this bullpen? Even with Williams or Mays at the 5th spot? I'd bet there were probably about eight games on the loss ledger that the bullpen blew. If we'd have split those, we'd be at 57-43, a half game behind St. Louis. That's huge.