Originally Posted by RedTruck
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.
These 2 explanations are big pet peeves of mine. Just like the argument that Dusty Baker could do no wrong because they won 97 games. They got to the playoffs and lost to a team that won 94 games. It goes deeper than the wins. This team was flawed.
As far as the postseason goes, sure Votto wasn't right and Cueto got hurt. Look at the team who beat us. They lost their best hitter to a steroid suspension and had to move their ace to the bullpen because of ineffectiveness. But they had other guys step up and they won the World Series. The Reds were unable to do that.
You mention the 10 runs in SF. Hasn't that been an ongoing problem with this Reds team? 1 run, 1 run, 10 runs, 2 runs, 2 runs, 8 runs. Then you look at the stats and say "the offense is fine, they average 4 runs a game" but they go 2-4 in those games.
I'm not trying to come down on you, I'm just trying to give you an idea of where folks are coming from when they feel this team must get better to get to the next level beyond regular season wins and get those playoff wins.
Isn't it great though that we have gotten to a point where the expectations of the Cincinnati Reds is beyond "we may suck now, but wait until the prospects are ready, we are going to be awesome!" or "we made the playoffs!"? It's World Series or bust