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    What if Bruce was here from the Start?

    I think we can all agree that if Bruce started the year with the Reds he would have done better than Patterson did. Bruce has given the whole team a lift since his call up and tonight had a hand in all three runs that the Reds scored. The question a have is, would the Reds have a better record if they had let Bruce start the season in the majors? How much difference could he have made?

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    Re: What if Bruce was here from the Start?

    Then we'd have him under a small contract for 5 years instead of 6.
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    Re: What if Bruce was here from the Start?

    I want to preface this by saying that I was one of the many Reds fans who wanted Bruce starting the season with the Reds in Center. I am sure you can find me saying it many times in earlier posts. However....

    The Reds are only three games under .500, 8 games out of first, and 6 1/2 out of the wild card. If the Reds play .600 ball, and go 64-43 over their remaining games, they will win 90 games, which should get them in the playoffs. They only need to play .550 ball the rest of the way to win 85 games which won the Central last year, although I think at least 90 is needed to win it this year, but less might be needed to win the wild card.

    Either way, I think that is possible, and they way they are playing with Bruce, almost likely. They are playing .640 ball since May 12 and .550 ball since April 26, most of that without Bruce. It is easy to see them competing for a playoff spot at least the rest of the season, now that they have Bruce.

    So basically, the Reds are still in contention for this year, and have Bruce cheap for one more year, which will save them around $8M in a few years, which they can spend on building a better team around him then.

    Granted, they might have won more games, and have been in a better position this year for the playoffs if Bruce had started the season in the majors, but we don't know that. Remember, he had lackluster spring, in his first look at major league pitching. I saw him at Spring Training, and he definitely did not look this good then.

    How do we know he would have been this good at the beginning of the season if he started in the majors? Maybe he needed that first 6 weeks in the minors to gain the confidence he needed to be successful once he got up? I am not saying that is the case, but we really don't know and never will.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 757690 View Post
    I want to preface this by saying that I was one of the many Reds fans who wanted Bruce starting the season with the Reds in Center. I am sure you can find me saying it many times in earlier posts. However....

    The Reds are only three games under .500, 8 games out of first, and 6 1/2 out of the wild card. If the Reds play .600 ball, and go 64-43 over their remaining games, they will win 90 games, which should get them in the playoffs. They only need to play .550 ball the rest of the way to win 85 games which won the Central last year, although I think at least 90 is needed to win it this year, but less might be needed to win the wild card.

    Either way, I think that is possible, and they way they are playing with Bruce, almost likely. They are playing .640 ball since May 12 and .550 ball since April 26, most of that without Bruce. It is easy to see them competing for a playoff spot at least the rest of the season, now that they have Bruce.

    So basically, the Reds are still in contention for this year, and have Bruce cheap for one more year, which will save them around $8M in a few years, which they can spend on building a better team around him then.

    Granted, they might have won more games, and have been in a better position this year for the playoffs if Bruce had started the season in the majors, but we don't know that. Remember, he had lackluster spring, in his first look at major league pitching. I saw him at Spring Training, and he definitely did not look this good then.

    How do we know he would have been this good at the beginning of the season if he started in the majors? Maybe he needed that first 6 weeks in the minors to gain the confidence he needed to be successful once he got up? I am not saying that is the case, but we really don't know and never will.

    I wanted Bruce up very bad, but ya know... Maybe him having such a great start at AAA, will make him an even better Player this year for the Reds... Ya never know, if he had started the season in Cincinnati... Dusty might have platooned Patterson with him, and he may have not gotton off to such a great start. Atleasy Corey played himself off the 25 man roster, and Bruce did so well, that now Bruce is the starter in Center the rest of the year...

    So I am happy about that... Just as long as Jay Bruce is starting and not being sat, unless for a day off...

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    Re: What if Bruce was here from the Start?

    Quote Originally Posted by NorrisHopper30 View Post
    Then we'd have him under a small contract for 5 years instead of 6.
    Yeah, but they also paid Patterson 3 million for a month and a half of garbage.

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    Re: What if Bruce was here from the Start?

    3-1 with Bruce.

    I was in the camp that wanted him to start the season with the team.
    Who's on first?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hondo View Post
    MY WISH * this offseason, sign Kyle Farnsworth to a 3 year deal to set up CoCo...
    So a guy with ERA's of 4.36/4.80/4.24 the past 3 years, with a career 4.46 ERA and 1.40 WHIP?
    The guy who's already 32 and entering his decline?

    Please explain this....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nuxhall41 View Post
    Yeah, but they also paid Patterson 3 million for a month and a half of garbage.
    I agree, that makes much less sense. The only thing that could possibly explain it is some budget rules that I don't understand, like that $3M was going to be spent on whoever was playing CF anyway, or wouldn't carry over for next year. I guess it was the result of expecting too much from Patterson. Still, very hard to justify a guy with Patterson's past getting that much money.

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    Re: What if Bruce was here from the Start?

    Quote Originally Posted by mlbfan30 View Post
    So a guy with ERA's of 4.36/4.80/4.24 the past 3 years, with a career 4.46 ERA and 1.40 WHIP?
    The guy who's already 32 and entering his decline?

    Please explain this....
    Never understood why people loved Farnsworth so much. Just awful as a setup guy. Was awful as a Cub, as a Tiger, and now as a Yankee. A sportswriter came up with a new stat, the "bogus hold", is when a reliever gets a hold, but still gives up a run. Kyle leads the majors in bogus holds since 2000.

    For some reason the Yankees just moved him back into the set up role to replace Joba. Let's see how that turns out. (Already gave up a homer in his first try tonight)

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    Re: What if Bruce was here from the Start?

    Quote Originally Posted by mlbfan30 View Post
    So a guy with ERA's of 4.36/4.80/4.24 the past 3 years, with a career 4.46 ERA and 1.40 WHIP?
    The guy who's already 32 and entering his decline?

    Please explain this....
    Of course he had a 2.19 ERA the year before that but you didn't mention that... Just giving ya a lil' hell there...

    I like the fact that he usually gives up less hits than IP and he is a Power Right Hander... I don't think he is on a Decline... I think he pitches in New York, for the Yankees...

    He only had one real terrible year for the Cubs...

    I am a Kyle Farnsworth fan... Maybe the only one here, But I am one.

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    Re: What if Bruce was here from the Start?

    If Bruce was tearing it up in spring training he would have been up I believe, but he wasnt.

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    Re: What if Bruce was here from the Start?

    I think the only reason he wasn't here from the beginning was the addition of Corey Patterson...

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    Re: What if Bruce was here from the Start?

    Quote Originally Posted by 757690 View Post
    Never understood why people loved Farnsworth so much. Just awful as a setup guy. Was awful as a Cub, as a Tiger, and now as a Yankee. A sportswriter came up with a new stat, the "bogus hold", is when a reliever gets a hold, but still gives up a run. Kyle leads the majors in bogus holds since 2000.

    For some reason the Yankees just moved him back into the set up role to replace Joba. Let's see how that turns out. (Already gave up a homer in his first try tonight)

    He is a monster in the mma world. His takedowns of Paul Wilson and Jeremy Affeldt combined with raw ground and pound tactics lead me to believe that he could single handedly crush Rampage Jackson and Kimbo Slice simultaneously...

    And anyone that can end the Kimbo's alleged "career" I'm all for paying whatever the asking price may be...

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    Re: What if Bruce was here from the Start?

    Saw him in 4 games in ST, some good, some so-so. Reds brass wanted to be wowed like Hamilton did the year before. It was right to start him at AAA, but, he was ready, and earned his way up here a few weeks before they finally brought him up. He will give us alot to smile about for years to come.

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    Re: What if Bruce was here from the Start?

    Quote Originally Posted by gedred69 View Post
    Saw him in 4 games in ST, some good, some so-so. Reds brass wanted to be wowed like Hamilton did the year before. It was right to start him at AAA, but, he was ready, and earned his way up here a few weeks before they finally brought him up. He will give us alot to smile about for years to come.
    Does anyone think he can Drive in 100 RBI and Score 100 runs?


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