Originally Posted by Tony Cloninger
I was talking about the quality of AB's and what it seems like.... a lot of giving away of AB's. Just lazy to me.
And you attribute that to the opponent because Dusty takes the also ran's lightly? I'd say it goes back to "every teams wins 1/3, every teams loses 1/3, its the other 1/3 that matter" dynamic. Plus, the Pirates can pitch. There are two teams competing, not just the Reds winning or losing based on whether they feel like trying hard or lollygagging against a "lesser" opponent.
In short, I think your interpretation of this observation puts everything on the Reds effort level, while I think it is just watching two teams compete and sometimes the other guys come out on top.