Originally Posted by edabbs44
Trying to win now just because of the overall weakness of the NL Central is, in my mind, short-sighted. Would anyone be overly excited for an NL Central win with 84 wins, and then a guaranteed first round ousting? I would rather build a good team in relation to the rest of baseball than build a good team in relation to the rest of the division.
While I understand what you are saying, and tend to agree - last year's WS winners was the Cardinals, who were 83
-78. Anything can happen once you get into the post-season.
But there is no way, IMHO, the Reds will come even close this year. Their only hope is to try and finish with some sort of "respectability" - if that is even possible in this division - and play for the sake of their pride (if they have any).
Should they be playing like they can get back into this thing? Absolutely! But from a FO's perspective, even if this team recovers somewhat, they need to realize that much is needed to be done, and not allow any "success" they may have in this second half to dissuade them otherwise. Don't allow themselves to be deceived.