Re: Ryan Freel
I was in favor of playing him before tonight, especially since he was hot, but tonight just justified my opinion that we were foolish for extending him and crazy for not trading him after 2006 when he was the darling of the league. My guess is his trade value is about $0 right now.
Truth is, we don't really have a productive centerfielder right now. Heck, we don't have a productive outfield right now. Or any other position for that matter including our rumored improved pitching.
The pitching is somewhat improved, but the bullpen is the same song and dance. Tonight, Belisle did his usual tightrope act and gave way after 5.1 innings, allowing 8 hits. The bullpen pitched 2.2 innings and allowed 7 hits 7 runs 4 walks and only 1 strikeout.
In the meantime, the Reds got exactly 4 hits and have scored 9 runs in the last 5 games. In the last four, the Reds have scored 5 runs. They're averaging 1.8 runs and 6 hits per game over that period.
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