"No matter how good you are, you're going to lose one-third of your games. No matter how bad you are you're going to win one-third of your games. It's the other third that makes the difference." ~Tommy Lasorda
On the 2010 team, going first to third "was what we do" per Datdude
The Reds have become a much slower team IMO. Phillips has slowed down, Votto had a serious injury, they no longer have Stubbs, among other things.
They could be more aggressive, true, but the personnel is station-to-station with a very few exceptions, like DRobinson who isn't an every day player. When Choo runs, it seems like the Reds are forcing the issue, he doesn't seem that fast. Hamilton's arrival will help.
I would note, however, that the Reds are third in MLB in Fangraphs' UBR stat, ultimate base running. This is a baserunning stat which does not include steals. But it does indicate that, by that measure, the Reds are viewed as a good team on the basepaths. Their stolen base numbers are poor.
Last edited by Kc61; 07-02-2013 at 10:55 AM.
The only thing I can add is that Willie McGee showed in 1993 that you could .300 and still be considered one of the worst producing hitters on your team.
Every team is built with a few "hope" guys. You have the guys you know you can count on -- with the Reds, it's Votto, Bruce, Phillips, Choo -- and you have the "hope" guys. The Reds lost one "hope" guy (Ludwick) on opening day and the others have all been disappointing. Frazier, Cozart, Hanigan, Mes and, for the most part, all the LF fill-ins. If one or two of those guys come through with a good year, things are different. If all of them do, you have a really special season.