Re: Baserunning, Bunting, Situational Hitting, An Other Fundamentals
It's frustrating as heck for me to watch. The errors, the number of players out of position or in position with limited range, the number of low OBP give away bats in the lineup, the mental mistakes and baserunning gaffes. The only series all season where the Reds outplayed their opponents in terms of fundamental play like that was the Marlins series. It was the only series, win or lose, where I felt watching that the Reds actually outplayed their opponent. Most of the other wins seemed to be in spite of themselves, or because of strong pitching. LA for instance. I didn't feel that the Dodgers were better talent-wise or that they beat up on the Reds. Rather it was that the Reds squandered their talent with mental errors, bad play all around and beat themselves in the process. This team beats itself night in and night out with bad management, poor utilization of the talent that is on the team, and poor execution.