We own some teams, some teams own us. In the Posnanski BRM book, he started out with 1975 Opening Day being all about the Reds beating the Dodgers, who had won the NL West in '74 primarily because of head to head domination. The '75 Reds had quite the chip on their shoulder, much in the same way they are owned by the Cardinals right now.
It does make you want to scream, but I will not resign that its "they are better than us." The records are too similar to conclude that.
Can't win with 'em
Can't win without 'em
Thank you Walt and Bob for bringing winning baseball back to Cincy
Nov. 13, 2007: One of the greatest days in Reds history: John Allen gets the boot!
The way I see it, Freese is likely gone this year. Carpenter slides to 3rd, Wong stays at 2nd, Matt Adams moves to 1st. Allen Craig is moved to Right Field.
Taveras / Jon Jay / Shane Robinson would be the guys left vying for Center Field.... and Resigning Beltran would complicate the 1st Base/Right Field situation. It's all contingent on how Taveras recovers from surgery and looks at Spring Training....
but my bet is that Jon Jay at the very least is traded away by July of next year.
If you're gonna call someone a disappointment, back it up with a stat that's a little better than W-L record, which (just like RBIs) is completely dependent on how well the rest of your teammates perform around you.
Let's try two concurrent game threads. That might be what is needed to break the Swill Beer Stadium curse.
What the heck, I have time on my hands.
ERA against +.500 teams:
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