Reading RZ, there is a common refrain about how it's frustrating that we can't hit like we have for the past 10 years now that the pitching appears stellar. But that just seemed like revisionist history to me, so I did a little research....
In the end, all offensive stats should lead to one conclusion: Runs scored. The entire notion of OPS is based on it's correlation with scoring runs-- so, when looking at team stats from a broad historical perspective, runs scored is truly the be-all, end-all stat.
And when it comes to scoring runs, the 2000-2008 Reds were not only NOT great, they were below the ML average in terms of yearly ranking.
Reds ML rank in runs scored:
That comes to an average of 18th and that is made a bit higher by our lone exceptional offensive season in 2005.
Yes, the offense looks a bit worse this year and will most likely rank 20th or below, but it's really not totally far off from past trends. I'm just not sure what people are pining away for...