Originally Posted by 40YrRedsFan
We lost many games during the season and didn't win in the post season because we didn't hit in critical situations, or at all. IMO, we need to acquire 2 hitters and
bench help. We were so close last year, this is why we are clamoring for a trade or
We won 97 games...son, teams don't go 162-0. Teams are bound to have off days, and streaky weaks, and what not. The point is that won nearly 100 games.
The post season was awful luck, and full of bad decisions by dusty and company. Coming home 2-0, with 3 left to play in your home ballpark? Losing our ace Cueto. Having Votto still injured and playing like a singles hitter. Brandon Phillips getting thrown out early in the inning in game 3, which would have resulted in a extra run, and would have resulted in no extra's and no loss. Having that rolen error occur during game 3 extras. Throwing out the poor performing Mike Leake in a critical game 4. Allowing Latos to lose his cool in game 5, and have him being kept out there until he gave up a crippling grand slam to buster posey.
The reds had plenty of opportunities to win the series. They blew it. It wasn't just because of an incompetent offence. Heck, they scored what 9-10 runs in San Francisco in Game 2, the most pitcher friendly park in all of MLB>?
It's the approach of the reds hitters that is so screwed up in my opinion. They see the close fences of GABP and just swing for the fences every single time since it's quite easy to get a cheapo at GABP. In san francisco they knew they were facing ace pitchers and runs would not be easy to come by, so they played small ball, they aimed for the gaps, they aimed where the defense wasn't. That philosophy was turned 180 degrees at GABP.
We need a better hitting coach, a hitting coach that can teach every roster position player to treat GABP with patience and dillidgance. To teach them, that just because the fences are closer than most parks, DOESN'T MEAN YOU HAVE TO SWING FOR THEM.
Plus get a few bench pieces I agree.