There are plenty of Reds fans who will be happy to tell you that this team, quite simply, is no good at anything. Those fans are completely wrong. It is hard to imagine another team being as effective at ruining its fans' hopes and prayers as this one.
We've got the key division rivals at home..coming off an emotional victory which ended a 5 game loser..a sweep or even a series win here could keep many Reds' fans' hopes alive for at least a little while....but man oh man..do these farm boys know how to bring a fella back to earth.
What was it - 4 hits tonight? 1 from Harang? Z was wild all night and had no command. Yet, this lineup let him off the hook again and again and again. Hell, in the 6th/7th/8th innings, when he wasn't unlike a boxer who was tired and ripe to be worked, we made him pitch something like a combined 25 pitches. Inexcusable. I know Dusty/Brook are not responsible for everything these guys do and that neither coach put out a product so objectionable in any of their prior stops but, at some point, we need to hold them at least partially accountable for what is going on here. There is NO reason whatsoever that this Reds team should have the worst offense in MLB.
This game was pitiful from start to finish. I will still watch with great interest tomorrow but I will note for the record that my level of enthusiasm has been reduced by at least 50%..