Originally Posted by mth123
Not really. We had one last year and they went to the play-offs (thanks to the expanded format). This team took a step back from that by losing one of it's starting pitchers and it's second best offensive player. The article makes a point of saying their is a quality backfill for Arroyo and a drop-off in CF.
How can we really argue with the logic? The team that made it in the bubble spot in 2013, took a step back, the competition has made moves to improve and the Reds haven't answered. That's all correct IMO. I personally think they will contend because of the pitching, but I also think they'll come-up short because the position players are lacking. It's not a foregone conclusion, but a lot of things would have to go right for them to make the post season. Isn't that hoping a=instead of taking action? Isn't that what the article is saying?
I think the Reds will probably need to make a move in order to get to that next level, but going into the season, I don't think it's as bleak as the article is making it out to be. The Reds need to let some of the questions answer themselves then act instead of filling in then seeing that maybe the move was better suited at another spot. The inaction is frustrating, but not a death blow to the season. So much can happen between now and even the end of the spring let alone the trade deadline. But as far as being contenders, I agree with you. That we are because of the pitching and defense. Going two games under .500 IMO is not contending and that's where I think the article is off the mark.
As far as the opening poster, I've never said it on the board, but it's always seemed like he is a bigger Choo fan than a Reds fan and is always looking to find evidence to point to Choo being better than Bruce or even Votto at times and this post seems to go hand in hand with his MO. The Reds lost Choo and are therefore sunk, never considering that the loss and underperformance of several key players last year may have had an equal negative impact on the team as Choo's positive impact.