What was the difference between the 2005 Reds and the '87 Reds? Both teams had really good offenses and poor starting pitching. At least, working off of memory, I remember the '87 team have very bad starting pitching.
But that team still finished with a winning record...84-78. The one thing that I remember is the '87 team had a kick butt bullpen, probably the best in the game at the time. Is that what enabled them to win more than they lost