Originally Posted by Hondo
The reason this statement is a good statement because it was a TRUE statement...
What did the Reds need going into last offseason? A Lead-Off Hitter...
They were IMO one player away from being a 100 Win Team and going deep in the playoffs... a Legit Lead-Off Hitter... In fact, the lack of a Lead-Off Hitter had an affect on the entire lineup production....
So they could of went ALL IN last year but chose not to do so...
Same thing could be said about no left handed bench player... A HUGE Need... I mean, Give Jason Giambi a call.
The reds had a 2 game series lead, needing just 1 win to close it out..with 3 games to play at home.
They choked. Sure the reds need a lead off hitter, but they didn't lose the series because of the lack of one.
They lost because our starting pitching was poor (during those series)
Latos giving up the grandslam to Posey putting us down by 6 in the 5th inning
Throwing leake out there giving up 4 er
Losing our ace Cueto.
Having a lead off hitter will definitely make this team more well rounded, but it's not such a urgent priority.
Personally, the priority should be making the right choice with Chapman, and making sure that if he does indeed take the starting role that they have good options to close.