"I talked to an advance scout that told me if Joey Votto and Albert Pujols were on the same team he'd advise his team to do the unthinkable...pitch around Votto to get to Pujols." - Buster Olney, ESPN
The question I always ask myself, at this point in the season, is "While injuries are part of the game, and I'm surprised we've done as well as we have, where would this team be if not for the rash, even over-the-top, injuries we've incurred, and especially to key positions?
I maintain my optimism, positive outlook, by telling myself that if we get some of these key players back, and make it into the post-season, even via the WC, anything can happen.
"panic" only comes from having real expectations
The exceeding Pirates and Cardinals have made the Reds less exceeding,especially being in the same conference.I never expected either to be as good as they have been.
May the Lord bless
Sure, I appreciate being in a race and being a respectable team much more than those horrible years.
But as I've said, if as a fan, you NEVER expect your team to EVER legitimately contend, then what's the point?
Seriously since 1990 we've never really come close to seriously pushing for the WS... Maybe in 1995, but that's about it. We've had 22 years in a row where no reasonable Reds fan could expect a truly deep October run. If we couldn't expect that in 2013.... Then when?
The finances of those organization are not going to be hamstrung by those 2 contracts...other than having those players production drop off, which is to be expected. This is not the 90's or early 2000's.
The money is coming from anew TV contract that will pay for those contracts.
The issue will be picking the right prospects to trade or keep....in order to continue building a team around them and choosing wisely on who to give the next LTC to.
The rest? I am surprisingly disappointed as I can be about a Reds team being 10 games over .500 in early August ... and trending the wrong way for the last 2 months.
I'm not so much disappointed in this season as I am worried that the Reds window will slam shut as early as next season.
The Cardinals have MLB's best team right now with a vaunted farm system to fill in for any drop off as well as a limitless ability to sign real talent long term.
The Pirates too have an exceptional young team that's emerging a year earlier than expected with guys like Liriano making that possible.
The Reds future looks quite a bit dicier. No farm system and a pretty decent but clunky MLB team. And they've run out the string in terms of payroll mobility(for now anyway).
That's what gnaws at me, not so much this season in particular.
Cards and Pirates got better sooner than I thought they would (actually, I never really thought the Pirates would ever get this good) and the Reds, especially the foursome of Frazier, Cozart, Phillips and Hanigan, have taken a step backwards. Ludwick's loss hurts, but adding Choo, and Votto being back, more than offsets that IMO. The pitching injuries haven't really had an adverse impact. Those RH bats falling off is the difference IMO.
"All I can tell them is pick a good one and sock it." --BABE RUTH
Having better players makes "the right time" or "the big hit" happen a lot more often. PLUS PLUS
After the complete and utter meltdown this weekend, I've moved from "maybe disappointed" to "sorely disappointed and unbelievably angry"
The "lack of heart" thing gets throw around WAY too much.... But I think it has merit recenlty--- especially this weekend. You can't tell me the Reds were fully locked and loaded this weekend.
I don't envy the FO's job at all. I'm actually wondering if maybe they should take a few seasons of stepping back, trading some principals and re-tooling. Not a fire sale exactly, but a shorter period of prospect accumulation.