Originally Posted by Eric_the_Red
I don't see how the outcome of past Reds seasons, with different players and current players in different stages of development, has anything to do with this season. It's a different year, so the results may be different as well.
How many "real contenders" are there? Yanks, Rays, Phillies. That's my list. That doesn't mean that one of those three teams is going to win it all. That, as they say, is why they play the game.
Seems to me, the people that are doom and gloom are right most of the time, but you could say that about almost any team. More teams fail than succeed if the goal is the World Series. Ask the 1991 Braves and Twins about how past failures predict future failure. The 2004 Red Sox. The 2008 Rays.
Can't we just enjoy this team??
I have no doubt they'll play out the string this season, come what may. You've got three starters who are almost certainly going to be somewhere between slightly below league average to a lot below league average. A guy who probably shouldn't throw more than 160 MLB innings, no matter how effortlessly he works. And a guy who's 5' 10" and expected to anchor the staff. I know how this story's going to end.