Originally Posted by lidspinner
Respectable? Heck yes it's respectable but it's not playoff contention respectable....there is huge difference in being respected and being feared....the pirates are respected, the cardinals are feared right now.....
With that said, we are not far behind the cardinals and we are literally a sweep away from taking over the central....it's early and there is a ton of baseball to be played and I think the reds will continue to grow as the season goes on.....the downside to that is if we are winning as July comes and goes will Walt pull the trigger and get us a cleanup hitter? I don't know the answer to that.
The other thing we all have to remember is this......there is a thing called the wild card and its open to any team that doesn't win their div so if we don't win the central we can still make the playoffs and once in the playoffs anything can happen....the giants, we had them down to their last game and we were at home, look what happened.....the cardinals last year and the year before, look how they played in the playoffs......anything can happen once you get to the postseason.......lets just get there and see where it goes from then.....we don't need to worry about the central, that's the goal but placing 2nd doesn't mean we lose.
While I definitely want the reds to win the division ill say this. I'd take them winning a wild card knowing they are a complete team and ready to win in the playoffs, rather than a division winner that is lacking all the pieces to win in the playoffs. That being said a division winner that has all of the pieces in place to make a deep playoff run is the optimal option.