Ok. Here is my 2cent blurb of why Wayne made the moves he made, some may agree with me or not, but they are my 2 cents. Wayne realizes this team can win the world series this year as it is built. We have the two best 1-2 combo in the national leauge right know with Harang and Arroyo. The playoffs in Baseball are unlike the regular season due to extended days off. This means the pitching staffs are shortened rarely do you see the #4 pitcher, you see the #1 and #2 starters in roughly 60% of the games. The rest is the #3 and the bullpen. The Reds problay have the deepest bullpen now in national leuage and one of the 3 best in baseball. All they lack is the Tom Gordon, Wagner top end close now. The bullpen is the second key to the puzzle. With a deep pen the #3 and #4 starter are neutralized to a certain extent. All they need to give you is 4-5 good innings, then bring in the pen. The third is team defense which is now very good also.
If they Reds can hold onto the wild card, they would be favorites due to pitching in any matchup against National leuage playoff teams right now. The Mets are the best team in the national right now but we have a better 1-2 than they do, the Cards, and whoever will win the West.
Why do I believe in why this is true we will use the 2001 world series where the D-backs rode the best 1-2 in recent memory to the championship.
The best example is the Diamondbacks run in 2001. They had the best 1-2 punch in recent memory. With Johnson and Schilling which lead them to the title. Here are the stats below.
In the division series which is 5 games.
Diamondbacks vs. Cards
Game 1 Schilling 0 runs 9 innings (win)
Game 2 Johnson 3 runs 8 innings (loss)
Game 3 Batista (win)
Game 4 Lopez (loss)
Game 5 Schilling 1 run 9 innings (win)
So Johnson and Schilling pitched 60% of the games in the division series.
In the NLCS
Diamondbacks vs. Braves
Game 1 Johnson 0 runs 9 innings (win)
Game 2 Batista (loss)
Game 3 Schilling 1 run 9 innings (win)
Game 4 Lopez see side not 3 innings (win)
Game 5 Johnson 2 runs 7 innings (win)
Diamondbacks IP H R
Albie Lopez 3 5 2
Brian Anderson(W, 1-0) 3 1/3 4 1
Mike Morgan(H, 2) 1/3 1 0
Greg Swindell(H, 1) 1/3 0 0
Miguel Batista 0 3 1 1
Byung-Hyun Kim(S, 2) 2 0 0
In game four with Lopez being the weakest link the D's went to the pen quickly and shut Atlanta down except for 2 more runs.
So again 60% Johnson and Schilling. They are a combined 5-1 at this point.
Now the world series
Diamondbacks vs. Yankees.
Game 1 Schilling 7 innings 1 runs (win)
Game 2 Johnson 9 innings 0 runs (win)
Game 3 Anderson (loss)
Game 4 Schilling 7 innings 1 run (loss) blown by pen 4-3 yanks
Game 5 Batista 7.2 innings 0 runs (win)
Game 6 Johnson 7 innings 2 runs (win)
66% of the games the two headed monster pitched.
They finished for the postseason 8-2 which is astounding and it should have been 9-1 except the blown loss in game 4 by the pen. The two-headed monster arguement which is what I am basing this on is won the world series for them. You are going to face my top two guys 60% of the time and beat them. Are my top two guys better than years, this year for us Reds fans yes they are better than anybody in the national and that is why my head is high right now. We are in an excellent position now. All we have todo is make it to the post season.
The trades today where made to put this team in a position to win the championship this year. Alot of the problems are gone we still have several holes, but the bullpen is fixed, we have a dominant 1-2 pitcher combo, and the defense is sound. These are the three elements to winning the post season. Based on the moves today and the last few weeks, the Reds can very well win it. The American leauge is tougher this year than the National, but puzzle has been put together very well by Krisky and it is almost complete.