Originally Posted by MillerTime58
Starting pitching is exactly why I think the Reds will eventually distance themselves. I think our starting pitching is more sustainable. I don't think we'll win by 9 games again, but maybe more like 3-5.
Then again this thing could be neck and neck the whole way to the end, which certainly wouldn't bother me from an entertainment standpoint. However the possibility of a 100 win team not in the playoffs because they lost ONE GAME at the end of the season would be quite a travesty. To me that is a giant flaw with the new 2nd wild card team.
Yup. Your staffs ability to stay healthy is... Well, ridiculous and probably historic, honestly... at least in this era of baseball. I know Cueto went down for a small stretch, but come on... compared to what the Birds are facing, it's not close.
It's too soon in the season for me to predict who will finish above whom at this point, and if I were a Reds fan, I'd completely feel the same way: At some point the magic is going to dry up in these young starters for the Cardinals....
Regarding the shame of a 95-100 win team losing the one-game playoff and missing the rest of the postseason... yes, it would be a shame. BUT. Let's not forget that was the issue before the wildcard. Some exceptional teams missed the playoffs pretty consistently. I wonder what the record books would look like if they had the Wild Card for 100 years? I'd have to guess that we'd have a number of different World Series winners.