Originally Posted by mth123
I'm not sure it matters anymore. I'm not sure that the Reds are going to cut deeply enough in a "fire sale" and I don't believe that the guys they will trade will bring back anything to help the future. I suppose getting out from under Stanton's 2008 contract might be the best thing that happens. A Dunn trade will probably hurt more than it helps. I don't see Griffey, Weathers or Hatte being dealt. Lohse probably gets nothing more than a Ben Juckich type return at this point. Conine even less if he goes. I've gotten fairly pessimistic on the idea after reading the last few days. I hope I'm wrong.
Assuming the Reds do sweep the Brewers, I hope it doesn't change anything. That 9 Games back just may be for 2nd place with the way the Cubs are playing and no way should a team 9 games back at the end of July with 2 teams to catch entertain any notions IMO. Especially not one as flawed as the Reds are. It might be different if this was a clear contender chasing a couple of fast starts coming back to the pack, but that's not the situation.
I wouldn't suggest that the Reds have any notion of catching the top club, but being that far back and winning is not unprecedented. The Cubs in 1935 and 1938 were back nine games in July and August, as were the 1951 Giants. As I said, that would be an enormously tall order for the Reds, but it has been done.
That said, I'm not terribly worried about a possible sweep of the Brewers giving the Reds any false hopes. I'm not a fan of the "blow it up" theory, but I don't think such a series win would stop the club from making some moves. Again, though, I don't discount our players the way others here seem to.
We'll see how it all plays out.