Without Choo, the Reds are very easy to pitch to. As the lineup is now configured, you throw tough righties. You pitch carefully to Votto and Bruce and bring lefties in against them close and late.
The rest of the Reds hitters won't hurt you that often against tough righties.
I'm not saying they have a terrible offense, it's not that bad, but you can neutralize many of these guys with good RHP and it then comes down to two hitters, which is usually not enough.
The Reds pitching is good - but against good teams with good pitching the ability to scratch for runs becomes critical.
Hamilton will help in some games, but generally just get past Bruce in the lineup, and you can breathe easy with solid RHP. (Pena is a switch hitter, sure, but I'm not counting on him for very much.)
Against weak teams the Reds probably have too much pitching and they will continue to do pretty well, especially when the pitching staff is healthier.
Last edited by Kc61; 04-01-2014 at 12:30 AM.
Sure, I wish the offense would've played better yesterday but we were facing one of the best pitchers in the NL. That daunted Cardinals offense didn't exactly light things up either. Cueto et all, pitched a great game for the Reds, basically making a one pitch mistake that was the difference in the ballgame. As he says, if the Reds pitching holds up like that, they're gonna win more than they lose.
Rough year IMO: 76 wins.