It's a marathon, not a sprint, etc etc etc.
I would agree that THIS team isn't WS "caliber"...but the team as it stood on opening day WAS. Let's see what happens if/when a healthy bullpen emerges, and what happens at left field. As for Choo, etc - you can't sustain what he was doing the first 6 weeks. That's video-game dreamland stuff. He's in a slump, but that doesn't sustain either. As for Bruce, we all know he's streaky.
"I had a cigar in my back pocket...I didn't wanna break it." - Bartholomew "Bump" Bailey
Who last year at this time thought the giants were World Series contenders? If you raise your hand then your a giants fan. Or how about the cardinals the past few years? Get to the playoffs and anyone can get hot, just ask billy hatcher.....so yes the reds are playoff caliber so that makes them World Series contenders. Get to the playoffs and anything can happen, that's all reds fans are asking for.
Also, to be fair, if the Reds win the division, they really only have a 1 in 8 shot to win the WS.
If they win the wildcard, it's roughly 1 in 16.
7 to 1 odds heavily favors you.
Today the Reds are only 3.5 out of first, and only 1.5 behind the Cardinals.
They would be a wildcard team if the season ended now.
To tear down this team would not be a smart move.
Thank you Walt and Bob for going for it in 2010-2014!
Nov. 13, 2007: One of the greatest days in Reds history: John Allen gets the boot!
While I wouldn't make the Reds the favorites to win the NL pennant, if the season ended today they would be in the playoffs. With a pitching staff headed by Latos and Bailey they would have a chance. Come October, the Reds could be a much stronger team if some of their players are healthy.
"Hey...Dad. Wanna Have A Catch?" Kevin Costner in "Field Of Dreams."
I'll bet my -68,571 against your $480K, right now, winner take all. I say the Reds will win the series in 4 games. If I win, I get your 480K. If you win, you get my mountain of debt and regret. So you see, it is really win/win.
And if you don't take this offer, then you are admitting.....IT IS NOT TIME TO TEAR DOWN AND REBUILD !!!!!111111
"And why do false truths persist, getting passed down the decades as if they were fact? It comes back to the same point: People believe things that are wrong because, individually, people rarely investigate their own beliefs, particularly when what they believe makes sense intuitively. Even more so when those around them agree with them." -K.F.
If the Reds are in fact sellers then that would override everything that has been preached over the last few years. This team is known for staying put at the deadline.. I'd expect the same. Look for moves in August as usual.