That's the runs the Reds have scored by game coming out of the break. Nothing surprising about that, given the injuries they are carrying and the short bench with really very few options on it. People can get mad at Price if they want, but the run the Reds went on ahead of the break was borderline miraculous as it was, with the manager wringing a lot of wins out of not much.
Plenty of people on here have been begging for a bat for a long time time now (KC61 since the Ludwick injury a year ago Opening Day), and plenty more have been begging for a bat or bats since the latest round of injuries and that Walt should not wait, and, yet, he has waited. Again.
So, here we are. 4.5 back of the Brewers, 3 back in the Wild Card, and a plethora of really solid teams in-between. They have a screaming need for an infusion of offense. Screaming. If they wait until July 31, that may very well be too late - which was why a lot of us were hoping for a bat long before now. The holdup, I would guess, may be Stephenson/Winker. Reds likely don't want to part with them, teams likely want them.
My question for the room...does prospect love get in the way of deals which can help them better their chances to win now? Has the scale tipped too far in favor of hording prospects?
And, if that is the case, and they cannot or will not make a deal because they don't want to part with one of the jewels, then I submit they should be looking into dealing one of the pitchers that they know they cannot re-sign in a year. There is no way, in my opinion, that they can retain Cueto and Latos and Leake when the time comes. If so, and they slide further, one of those could fetch a really nice return in a few weeks.
In any event, what I do not want to see is continued inaction. This roster has desperately needed some TLC for awhile now. Either they need to make a move to try and improve their odds of contending (and do it VERY soon), or they need to get real with the fact that contention is a longshot given the injuries and what not, and, if so, deal one of the Latos/Cueto/Leake three to address needs for this team going into next year.
What I don't want to see is the continued lack of direction from the front office.
ETA: In fairness, I guess non-moves is a direction. I just don't agree with it. Either go for it this year, or sell a piece you cannot retain for maximum value now to give the team a better shot starting next year. Keeping the powder dry and not making a call either way...that is hard to defend for me.