Going into the first game after the All-Star break, the Reds stood at 46-50 and then the bottom fell out. Since the Reds have gone 9-21, averaging 3.9 runs per game while the opposition has averaged 5.7 runs per game. That's huge.
Since Ken Griffey Junior was traded the Reds have gone 5-13, scoring an average of 3.1 runs per game while the opposition has scored an average of, unbelievably. 5.7 runs per game. Fantastic.
Since Adam Dunn was traded, the Reds have gone 3-4, scoring an average of 3.3 runs per game, while the opposition scored 4.2 runs per game--a little bit better. That's 8-17 since the two most maligned players in recent history have been deleted from the roster.
This team needs offense, as you can see, but the pitching hasn't been anything to write home about. The injury to Burton hurt, but if one pitcher can cause this much of a discrepency, then we are truly in trouble.
If no changes are made we could score less than 550 runs next year. What kind of pitching staff would we need for that?
In the zeal of stressing pitching and defense (what defense as shown tonight?), we have emasculated our team, depending on streaky players like Edwin Encarnacion, Brandon Phillips, and even (horrors!) Jay Bruce to supply the offense (did I mention Jeff Keppinger and rookie Joey Votto?). Ain't gonna work. Time for Big Walt to do some magic or else we are in deep poo-poo.