Originally Posted by Tony Cloninger
That 1992 team....I recall so much from that season. It was my fifth year subscribing to Reds Report...and my excitement of the upcoming season was more than 1987-88, save of course the BRM days.
Sabo and Paul O were coming off very good 1991 years. Bowden was not the GM but very good at picking up ML FA and brought in Scott Bankhead... along with Darnell Coles. They ended up being very good pick ups to help the team.
They just did not have enough offense. Sabo was hurt from the start and barely hit .240 and played less than 100 games. Coles helped offset his O...but not his D. Paul basically played his way out of the Reds....as he did not hit for power or average and frustrated the fans and FO.
In regards to how everyone has been talking about how important the closer's role....is. Dibble and Charlton were Co-Closers...and they blew about 10-12 games between them......notable was the Bobbie Bonilla HR in the bottom of the ninth....after Belcher had pitched a brilliant 8, and did not need to be removed. Along with 2 blown games vs ATL.....and the Billy Hatcher trade to BOS for Tom Bolton..... this team just self destructed at times but still won 90 games. ATL was just too loaded at pitching.
Do you have the stats on those 10-12 blown games (not just saves)? Don't forget, Marshall and Chapman combined for 9 blown saves last year and threw 20 less innings than Charlton and Dibble did in 92.
edit: I looked it up. Charlton and Dibble combined for 10 blown saves, or 1 more blown save than Marshall/Chapman last year while pitching 20 more innings. They also combined for more saves than Marshall and Chapman (51 vs. 47).