Originally Posted by Joseph
I tend to agree with you. How many more games would the Reds have won with just league average pitching last year?
That assumes a lot. That assumes that the bullpen and everyone else on the staff will suddenly rise to league average. You also assume that Arroyo will retain his effectiveness despite a scary dropoff in strikeout rate last season.
The Reds didn't acquire "league-average pitching." They acquired one league-average pitcher. And they overpaid to get him.
That's not a recipe for long-term (or even short-term) success.