Re: Home Runs Are Rally Killers?
Home Runs aren't enough. You need guys on base too. Obviously.
With that in mind, if I didnt know, I would guess that the leaders in HRs who have losing records, probably have terrible pitching, defense, clutch hitting, etc.
As to the 2nd part of your post, I would not disagree that low ERA has a more positive correlation to W/L than HRs do, in this day and age of high scoring ball games.
As to what this all has to do with the Reds...it only describes one of their problems and I don't think there is a correlation between the Reds high number of HRs and their poor W/L record.
The Reds lose because they leave too many people on base, have abysmal middle relief, spotty-at-best defense, and they have no sign of true positive leadership of any kind anywhere in the ranks of the organization.
Which is not to say they are bad people, or even bad baseball people. I just think the above 4 things would sink any ball club, no matter how many HRs they hit.
L.A. manager Grady Little had a bad feeling about Wednesday's game when he saw Harang and pitching coach Dick Pole walking in after Harang's warmup.
"I saw two big men," Little said. "Either could have shut us out tonight."