Re: When is it time to stop saying: It's still too early.
It's time to stop saying, "It's still too early......."
....after 40 games.
A successful formula for getting to the playoffs is to strive to be at 20-20 after 40 games. After 40 games, you've now had a chance to see the entire 25-man roster, in addition to get a look at your top 10 replacements at AAA or who have been back at extended Spring Training or the DL, and to have a solid idea of the makeup of the club.
Then, after 40 games, the main stretch of the season begins. After 40 games, you have to start winning series most of the time. Do that, and by the end of August you're in position to make a push for the playoffs with a solid September.
But, before 40 games, you're just trying to get everyone loose, get everyone some playing time, and get everyone into some sort of rhythm, along with sorting out everyone's roles.
So, after a measly 14 games, the REDS are not even close to being evaluated as to whether the season is over.
Do I like how Dusty manages? I hate his lineups, but I like his in-game managing so far. He's not going anywhere, unfortunately, so I guess I guess I'll wait and see if he can pull it off and get the team to pull together.
The reality is that nothing's happened that we haven't expected to happen because of Baker. So far, the REDS are exactly where they are supposed to be. Let's hope they start winning in spite of Dusty.
Time to Shine, Edwin!