Over the series, with what was to the rest of the league, the hapless Cubs took 3 of 4. Our starters, in 26.2 innings, allowed only 22 hits and 10 earned runs. The ERA was 3.43. That's impressive. Four quality starts and a 1-3 record to show for it. Why? Our bullpen logged 9.1 innings, giving up 16 hits and 9 runs. Once reliever, Chris Hammond, pitched two innings and allowed 7 hits and 5 runs.
Although the Reds only scored 17 runs in the series (avg. 4.2) and had only 29 hits (avg. 7), they would have won two of those games had it not been for the bullpen. I'm sure he's working on this, but Krivsky needs to address this now (he should have addressed it earlier of course).
I don't know what to say about the hitting. It mystifies me how a team can be unconscious and bunch together runs one day and not be able to hit a rookie pitcher the next. Someone else will have to figure that one out, but the bullpen is a no-brainer. DFA the junk and reach into the AAA stash for anyone. It couldn't get any worse.