Originally Posted by 757690
First, this team doesn't have to become the BRM in order for that fact to be meaningful, and applicable to the present situation.
Second, I have to wonder if the 1975 Reds make the playoffs with Vukovich at third and Foster on the bench. The point being that there is plenty of time for this team to make adjustments and improve, which really was the only point I was trying to make.
I was looking at Baseball Reference and I just happened to go into 1973. Saw that in about 50 games... OAK was under .500 and Cincy was barely over.
Those teams obviously made changes (Finley would make tons of trades from 1972-74 to fill out his bench) when trades were easier to make but they would also bring up players from Triple A.
I wish I had more recent examples obviously and I am not doubting that things can turn around .... but what trades can they make and they seem reluctant to trade too many minor leaguers beacuse they know they need those to sustain the future.
IF they believed in Alonso, Frazier or Francisco....they would be here by now and starting in LF. Baker can barely commit to saying he will start Heisey.
It will be interesting thing to watch as they hook their horses to their guys especially Gomes ...who does not deserve this kind of loyalty, in regards to starting. Bench guy...fine. But they act like he is Eric Davis in 1990 or Greg Vaughn in 1999...guys with good pedigrees who the team was counting on those years but struggled early and did not come on until late in the year.
Pitching wise....they have depth but how good is it to sustain itself if Volquez does not turn it around or if mono and just plain law of averages catches up to Arroyo? It's like they left it all in that sweep of STL.