Re: Do the Reds have a case of the "Bungles?"
The Reds have lost their ace, their left fielder and only guy who really profiles as a cleanup hitter, arguably their best reliever and lefty setup man, a reliever who was signed to be the closer before Chappy went back to his role (2 of their 3 top bullpen arms), their veteran catcher has played banged up and half speed all season when he is even on the field, BP has battled a couple "hurt but playing" injuries, their 4th OFer - the one with power - missed most of the first half leaving them with almost no power from the bench, with no protection pitchers have become even more wary of Votto taking the bat from his hands in any kind of dangerous situation. And it hasn't been first one guy, then he comes back and another goes on the DL - its been all at the same time and for long periods of time.
The Reds are built to win with a mostly healthy roster - they aren't deep enough on the farm right now to deal with too many injuries. And that lack of farm depth also plays a role in tying Walt's hands. We are in a lull between the group of young prospects reaching the upper levels and those upper levels being a bit bare because of trades that got the Reds the roster to compete in the first place. I don't see the great head scratcher understanding their struggles this year.