"You only have to bat a thousand in two things; flying and heart transplants. Everything else you can go 4-for-5."
So they should go out and get an experienced back end reliever. Mostly for the seventh inning. Otherwise it's going to be trial and error in games like this.
Perhaps a back end bullpen of Cingrani, Chapman, Broxton and X. We just need to solve for X.
Lecure? Good pitcher but apparently can't pitch too often. He is most effective with a lot of rest IMO. I'd rather see them add somebody. Let Sam pitch occasional late inning, but mostly in the middle.
and his stuff is nasty. With all the other arms in the system, something has to give as far as the pen.
Last edited by Old school 1983; 06-15-2014 at 12:39 AM.
Longer term, the Reds will have to devote more good prospect arms to the bullpen IMO. The absence of a top notch relief candidate at AAA right now is a big minus and was predictable.
Gary Majewski has a 0.52 ERA this season with the Sugar Land Skeeters.
"Since I've been with the Reds in 1989, we've never had a farm system this loaded," Bowden said. "If we were the New York Yankees and had unlimited dollars, we could have traded for Colon, (Jeff) Weaver, Rolen, (Cliff) Floyd, (Kenny) Rogers and Finley and gotten them all -- and still held onto our top five prospects. That's an amazing statement."
Two positive notes from this game:
Latos is healthy. Huge plus for the Reds going forward.
The Reds and Brewers just played two tight games in Milwaukee, and both could have gone either way. If the Brewers are the team to beat, the Reds look to match up well against them.
"Man, the pitch looks fast, even in slow motion." Thom Brennaman on Chapman's fastball.
Shaw with the Reds
1996 78 games, 104 inn .249 ERA
1997 78 games, 94 inn, .328 ERA, 42 saves
1998 (1/2 season before Dodgers trade) 39 games, 49 inn, 23 saves, 1.81 ERA
If we don't have the bats to come up to help, then deal some of the kids who are blocked anyway to help fill the areas of need. ML ready bullpen arms, ML ready LF bats, and near ML ready middle infielders. I know, easier said than done.
Chapman to the rotation!!!! Do it already!!!!