Originally Posted by cw0802
This is a legitimate gripe.
The point isn't whether it's a legitimate gripe or not. The point is that some teams whine about everything as an excuse and other teams take whatever life gives them and find a way to turn it to their advantage. The Cards are perpetual whiners and the Reds aren't.
The Reds could have whined about losing Madsen, but instead they found Chapman.
The Reds could have whined about losing Votto, but instead they went on a torrid winning streak without him.
The Reds could have complained about losing Cueto, but instead they played an excellent game and won without him.
It's a bit lame when players say, "We aren't making excuses, but ..." while they are in the process of making excuses.
So the point isn't whether the gripe is legitimate; the point is that they shouldn't be griping in the first place.