Originally Posted by Rotater Cuff
I disagree with your entire premise, which is the Reds aren't that good,and we ought to be happy with what we've got. The Reds match up very well position by position with every team in the division, with clear superiority over Pitsburgh, Houston, and St. Louis in almost every postion except closer.
I don't think people are unrealistic or fickle when they question a manager's decisions. The Manager takes over strategy toward the end of the game, and you've got to wonder why Weathers and Stanton get so many choice situations to blow when guys that have been lights out like Santos are hidden. Coffee looked to have pretty good stuff last night, and was in a groove. Stanton really hadn't pitched in a while. So you take out the pitcher in a grove and put in a cold arm, who triggered a loss.
This team should be one or two games above .500, and managerial decisions are directly responsible.
I have never thought that the '07 Reds were going to be as bad as so many predicted, but there are a lot of things that have to go right for this team to compete for a title. I am never one to sit back and be happy with mediocrity, but I also try to be realistic in my evaluation. Managing a pitching staff is not an easy proposition. We are never privy to the things that the manager is privy to. "My arm feels tired, my elbow is inflamed, I am puking before the game because I had one too many last night, I can't pitch on consecutive days, this guy has never been able to get this hitter out, the matchup is going to change if I make a change or leave him in................" It's fairly easy to sit here and question every move, but you don't have the whole story most of the time.
The bullpen is underachieving right now. Guys are on this roster because they need to produce. If they can't, I think the Reds are in a much better position, this season, to call up some guys that can. It is the first of May. The leash should get much shorter, middle to end of this month. You simply can't over-react after every loss or bad outing.