Originally Posted by BCubb2003
Reds fans to management: "Stop trying to win. Fire the manager -- he's trying to win."
I understand why it makes sense, but I don't expect any team to say, "We'll lose 120 games, but at least we'll know more about Burton and Coutlangus."
I don't equate the call for developing the youngsters, with conceding defeat, or with asking the manager to take a dive. We're not the Boston Celtics trying to swoon our way into the #1 draft pick. My question is: "Why is going with LHP Coutlangus rather than LHP Stanton, akin to not trying to win?" Is there any indication that allowing Mike Stanton, and his 5.40ERA 1.64WHIP, to appear in more games than any reliever on the current roster is the correct path to more wins in the present?
Likewise, last year, this team tossed approximately 270+ IPs to Hammond, White, Michalak, Franklin, Mays, Yan, Burns, Cormier, Mercker, Schoeneweiss, Guardado, almost exclusively in relief, which is the equivalent of more than 1/6th of the entire innings pitched by our staff for the season as a whole (and that excludes the implosions of guys like Majik). That was en route to boasting one of the worst statistical bullpens in recent years, as we 'missed' on at least 2 veteran gambles, for every one we 'hit' on for temporary success. And where did it leave us coming into 2007? With an entire reshuffling rebuild, and one that's arguably faring just as miserably.
A.) This is no way to construct a bullpen, B.) This is no way to utilize a bullpen, and C.) Even if you can squeeze a dozen 'better than league average' IPs out of a veteran flier here and there, there simply is no potential dividend for the future. The message I take from that, is, perhaps the youngsters will take a few knocks here and there in the process of showing whether they belong or not, but the future reward is potentially worth it (as opposed to the current system where there is no future, and the present is last place).
Our last great bullpens were designed via internal promotion and development (Sullivan, Willy), complemented by a few young, select acquisitions in need of major MLB development time (Graves, White, Reyes), and a solid veteran presence or two (Shaw, Belinda etc...). I don't want Narron to lose, I simply want him to develop the best options at our disposal in order to allow us to win at a much better than .389 clip in the future.