Originally Posted by REDREAD
Here's another thing to hope for: That Milton becomes a Smiley (possible, but not likely) and even more unlikely that Wilson becomes a Burba.
The 1997 team had some decent starting pitchers to trade, which helped turn them around faster. They also had a GM that acted quickly.
I can see Kearns staying down in AAA until an OF injury or a trade happens to open a slot for him. We all know how slow DanO moves on trades, so Kearns might be down there until the trading deadline. Barring injury, I predict Kearns is down there 2-5 weeks minimum, no matter how well he hits.
Scratch that, in 1997, the Reds had a GM in his prime, still with the parts to move to make a dent and the courage and wherewithal to make it happen.
Right now, they have the worst GM in memory (yes, just as bad as Wagner--maybe worse). Explain how this guy is going to turn the many talents of this offense into the pitching we need to contend (with the budget as it's currently set). There is no way. There is no how. This team is hopeless right now, totally hopeless, and no 5-1 homestand changes anything. DanO getting the axe would be a good first step, but even then....
I respect you woy, but I really fail to see the fundamental comparison. I see coincidences, but not comparisons.