Originally Posted by Kc61
Reds are going to have periods -- particularly against certain pitchers -- where they don't score very much. Offense of team has been diluted to put emphasis on other areas. Reds really could use another big right hand bat to help against lefties. Reds also don't have a true number 3 hitter, a top-tier hitter who comes through time and again.
I think the Reds will cure these deficiencies over the next couple of years and are on the right track. But expect some games like last night, as frustrating as they are.
I don't know that we can blame a diluted offense for these low scoring games. It seems to me the only areas where recent change has taken place is:
1B- from Casey to Hatteberg/Conine
C- LaRue to Ross
SS-Lopez to Gonzalez
OF-Kearns to Freel
Where have we experienced a dropoff? 1B is a wash as is C. Freel and Kearns are different kinds of players but this team needs Freel's skills more than Kearns so I think that helps the lineup more than hurts it. Over the course of a season Lopez will likely put up better offensive numbers than Gonzalez but he is hitting .350 so far and you can't gripe about that.
I wish this offense was more potent and intimidating but it actually wasn't that good after May last year.