Originally Posted by cincyforever
Here is what happened, and please take time to think about what I am going to say, because I am not looking up any numbers at all.
This team is a good baseball team. Not great, but good. We had 5 guys pitch out of their minds all season long. We had the best bullpen in the league.
We sweep the Cardinals in July. On top of the baseball world. Now, as fans, we expect even more, because we now know what it's like to sweep the Cardinals!
Joey Votto goes down and in comes Todd Frazier and company, winning 10+ in a row and stuff. Then they lose one game against SD (I believe) and come back to win 4 or 5 more in a row. We're still on top of the baseball world.
FFWD to September. I remember saying in the first week of September that this team was "almost done." They were flat 95% of the time. They seemed so crazily unmotivated. When the opposition would score, we'd come back and go 1-2-3 every stinking time... going down with a whimper, walking to the bench with tucked tails. This is the month when things went awry and very quickly.
By the time October rolls around, we're already out. But all of a sudden they win 5-2 and 9-0.. so now were hopeful. Folks, those two games were a tease. Those two games should have never happened. This team wasn't hungry. Drew Stubbs, still an automatic out, is still starting. Rolen is still starting instead of Frazier. Cozart is still hitting .250. Votto is still struggling to get runners home. Ludwick can't hit HR's every at bat. Phillips can't win by himself. Bruce is still hit or miss. Baker is still sending out Cairo instead of Paul or Heisey.
This team was highly unmotivated. There was no urgency whatsoever during this 3 game homestand until Buster Posey choked us out in the 5th inning. It took that much for our boys to wake up and play some baseball.
The truth is we didn't deserve to win this series, and the Giants deserved every bit of it. The Reds have been burnt toast since early September, and I've been saying it since early September.
I hate to be right in this case.
I agree one million percent. Once this team got the huge lead they relaxed and did not play with the same sense of urgency they played with just after the all star game. And face it, If The Cards have Carpenter all year and Garcia had not gone down who knows how this season would have turned out division wise. FFWD to the SF series. The win the first two playing to not Hit HR's with every swing and looked very focused while doing so. IMO if game two had been closer who knows how their attitudes would have been coming home BUT the blowout made them think THIS SERIES IS OVER. They come home and you could see it from the start. They played like The Giants were just going to lay down and hand them the series. They swung at every pitch trying to hit it 100 miles and when they lost game 3 they were done. We all knew Leake would Bomb and we all knew that Matt Cain would be Matt Cain in game 5. Baker managed like always as well with NO SENSE OF URGENCY failing to pull pitchers that were done, pulling Bailey when he was NOT Done and playing Stubbs again and again and again. The Reds were outplayed, out hustled and out managed and the Giants wanted it more so they took it. As I type this I am watching The Cards try and come back for 6-0 and have the bases loaded in the 9th with 2 outs, who wants to bet they get the hit to tie or go ahead and win this series while our Reds get to watch on TV yet again. And there you go tie game who wants to bet they won't win??????