Originally Posted by Blue
Plus, they can't pitch.
I'd have to disagree on that one. Yes, Harang and Arroyo have struggled (but I certainly don't see that as a season-long problem). But the Reds offense/defense certainly haven't helped any.
Cueto and Volquez have both pitched better than expected.
Take the overused garbage out of the bullpen and it's been very good too. Weathers, Lincoln, Merker and Fogg should be shown the door. But the rest of the pen has been flat out solid. Cordero, Burton, Bray, Majewski, Affeldt (had a few poor outings lately), Herrera. We've also got Roenicke coming up soon too. I've always thought MLB teams carry too many relief pitchers. The Reds are a prime example of that. Especially considering our 3 catcher situation on top of that. (this is a topic for another thread I think...so maybe I'll just.....)
Fix our lineup construction and dump the garbage and we'll see some steady improvement throughout this year. Will we still be out of contention...you betcha.