Allow me to list the litany of problems we had tonight.
First and foremost, we lost to a team in close pursuit of us for the W/C.
Bronson Arroyo had yet another poor outing, adding fuel to the "Arroyo is regressing to the mean!" and "Arroyo is tired!" fires. Regardless of what you think of BA, you have to admit your confidence in the man is damaged now.
Royce Clayton had yet another bad defensive outing. Royce was one of the players we acquired when we dealt Kearns, Lopez, and Wagner. Ostensibly, Royce was to make the defense better. He has done nothing of the sort. My two Corgis could play better defense, and I'd wager they'd garner a few more base hits.
I hate to re-hash the Kearns/Lopez/Wagner deal for the 143,452nd time, but the return for that deal continues to make WK look like a moron while raising the collective blood pressure of Reds fans from sea to sea. Majewski's been horrendous. Bray took the loss tonight and looked awful, and I am including the Freel dropped fly in my analysis. This trade has not helped us AT ALL. One of the worst deals the Reds have ever made in my opinion. It gets worse with every passing day. BTW - Kearns and Lopez are starting to hit for WASH now.
We picked up two guys on deadline day - Cormier and Lohse. Rheal Cormier rheally walked the first batter he faced with the bases loaded. He then gave up the Furcal double. What the hell is it about the Reds' uniform that makes relievers stink??? BTW, to those apologists who were trying to bail out RC by stating that it is very difficult to make your first appearance with a new team with the bases loaded - come on. He's a 39 year old "veteran," which should make him impervious. In all seriousness, there is no excuse for his performance. Our other newbie, Kyle Lohse, gave up 4 hits and an ER in his first IP as a Red. Most Reds fans were not big fans of either trade. Don't expect that to change now.
Getting back to Freel...knowing Narron like we all do, his error now means he will go from being an almost-regular to Chris Denorfia/EE status. Not having Freel in the lineup hurts this team immensely. WE know that. Impartial observers know that. Big Foot knows that. Jerry Narron, sadly, does not.
[rant]I am getting really tired of reading posts here from people who think that getting Clayton the hell out of the IF, moving BPhil to SS, and platooning the 45 people we have on this roster who can play 2B is a bad idea b/c 'you cannot revamp an infield at this point in the season' and ' Aurilia and Clayton are veterans who know what they are doing and this team is winning for a reason.
WHAT A BUNCH OF BUNK.
I don't care how big of a Narron apologist you are - his personnel decisions are legendarily bad. Boone-ish. There is NO F'ING reason why BPhil cannot play short. It's not as if you're asking a left fielder to throw middle relief. Rich Aurilia is NOT a cleanup hitter. You do NOT PH for EE with the bases loaded. You do not bat Royce Clayton leadoff (JN did this in game 2 of the Brewers series). Hell, you really shouldn't bat him at all. He's horrible offensively and defensively. Everyone here already knows that.
David Ross should be getting 75% of the starts at C, and Jason LaRue should be in Louisville or on waivers. Ross produced tonight, as he does almost every night in which he starts.
Soooo..to sum, we lost, all the roster moves we made or didn't make blew up in our face, we lost yet another chance to pick up ground in the NL Central race (and believe me - once we start winning again, so too will STL), and we lost to one of our W/C competitors.
Bad, bad night. [/rant]