First of all, let me confess that I am pretty wrapped up in the NBA Playoffs right now-- being a Cavs fan and all, so it may help to explain this post.
Having said that, I have watched the majority of the Reds' games so far this year, and the few I've missed, I've followed as closely as possible.
I mean that in two ways.
1. The team is not very fun to watch. Both the offensive production and the offensive approach (including line-up construction) are tough to watch. I am a fence-rider when it comes to Dunn, I don't love the guy, but I also acknowledge his strengths, but it has become fairly clear to me that the guy is simply never going to be a big run-producer in terms of RBI's. Contrary to popular opinion, I DO believe that hurts the team to a certain extent. And Narron makes it all the worse by keeping him out of the 2 hole, where I believe Dunn truly belongs.
I am fairly pleased with the starting pitching, but the bullpen is laughable, which makes Krivsky look really, really, really bad.
2. I see virtually no upside. It's as if the goal in building this team was to field a squad that could win no less than 77 games, or win no more than 81 games. It's one thing if we were a .500 team w/ a bunch of young guys everywhere, but we are LITTERED with veterans. And some of those veterans carry hefty contracts.
It's as if the Reds have gotten themselves caught in between no longer wanting to be a laughingstock (which they aren't) and not really wanting to make the tough decisions to truly turn the organization around (which they aren't doing).
The relative malaise of the Central division should keep me "interested" throughout most of the summer. While I can't see the Reds getting "hot," I also can't really see us tanking either. I think we'll basically stay the current course-- and that course will probably at least keep us in the fringes of contention. And yeah, that's more fun than being 15 games out on August 1st.
This is a boring team, both on the field and in the "hope" department.
I think 9-10 says it all. Might as well be 80-82.