Originally Posted by LetsGoReds11
Pathetic Trip......Narron Officially Has Gotten On My Bad Side......No Excuse To Bring In Majeweski In That Situation......Hell He Shouldn't Have Even Brought In Cormier To Put The Runners On.....I Have Yet To See Cormier Come Into A Game and Not Make The Inning Interesting....His Stats Really Don't Show For How ****ty He Really Is....Majewski Never Was Good Since He Came Over and Then To Bring Him In To Try To Get Them Out Of An Inning Is A Joke.....Narron Should Be Gone
Amen to that. If you sum up his moves to improve the bullpen he gets no better than a D-. Robinson despised Majesky for his flippant attitude and was glad to get rid of him. Bray has underperformed but does have some upside which unfortunately won't help in the wildcard race and I presume that's why they got him. Cormier has performed, as you say, way below his numbers and his guarantee for next year unwise as he prepares for an easy retirement. Must I talk about Franklin? We definitely got hosed by both the Phillies and Nats. Eddie is great because of his fire and willingness to pitch through pain. But were we interested in bringing over pitchers who pitch through pain? Loesh (sp?) a good pickup and earlier so was Castro who won games for us without picking up a bat. Perhaps Wayne should stick to dealing with the Twins who he knows well.
Of course you have to give him kudos for the earlier position player pickups but we're only talking about his inability to remedy our "Achilles heel." I enjoyed the ballgames, win or lose, with Kearns and Lopez playing because it afforded us two more position players who could get hot and carry the ball club. Right now both the offense and pitching are sad while each game now begins with a somewhat sinking feelihg in one's stomach. To top it all off the bench is now weak where before it was our strong suit with Freel bouncing around in a controlled manner to keep him reasonably fresh.
These moves have cost Castellini a considerable amount of money and player potential. I wonder if he thinks it was worth it since the ball club does not appear better off than before the trading mania started. In fact, it is arguably worse. Bad move to give contract extensions to both Jerry and Wayne. I don't think keeping them in limbo would have lessened their combined mediocre performance notwithstanding the good position player and Arroyo moves early on.
Finally, I think Castellini should shake things up a bit by reinstituting personnel appearance standards back to the good old days when the words "Cincinnati Reds" meant tradition, discipline, and teamwork. Bowden killed this when he acquiesced to Greg Vaughan's "my kids won't recognize me" argument. "No facial hair, get a man's haircut, and wear your uniform like it was designed to be worn."