Forget the last 19 games played. That's the last half of September/Oct and it's full of minor leaguers, with meaningless, no pressure games for the REDS against Houston, Pittsburgh and Florida.
The 41 games before that, which is what everyone's talking about (the GLORY of Scott Rolen, and his psychic powers to make the other players better) the REDS were 19-22. The day Rolen put on a REDS uniform they proceeded to lose more games than they won for the next 41 games.
It would have been much worse if not for the arrival of Drew Stubbs. Stubbs' arrival gave the REDS an immediate impact. During the middle of those 41 games after Rolen arrived the REDS' put together a 12-2 run (meaning they were 7-20 during the other games of Rolen's "impact".
That 12-2 run had little to do with Rolen and everything to do with Stubbs replacing Dickerson in CF that day (and no Willy Taveras around to screw things up).
With Rolen batting 5th in an RBI spot, he only generated 6 RBI's over those 14 games (Votto and Phillips were in the lineup every day ahead of him) with Stubbs bettering him with 7 RBI's from the #1 spot. Those 8th and 9th spots for the REDS were horrendous with nobody getting on base in front of him, or he led off an inning because the pitcher made the last out or he led off the game.
Stubbs scored 11 runs and Rolen just 7, understandably.
Rolen batted:.. .315/.373/.333(ugly)/.706 with 1 measly extra-base hit....a double...and he's supposed to be the #5 RBI producer. I don't think so.
Stubbs batted: .313/.333/.537/.870 with Four Homeruns, a Triple, and a Double!
That's why they were able to go 12-2 over a 14 game stretch surrounded by a 7-20 record during the first 41 games of Rolen's arrival.
The REDS went 6-14 during those first 20 games that Rolen arrived for. Some influence!!! A negative influence, if anything. But, in reality it was neither.
Willy Taveras started 12 of those 20 games and Stubbs only played (started) in 4 of those 20 games.
There's the difference. Pitchers knowing that Willy Taveras was behind you in the field and leading off at the plate versus that 14-game stretch where Stubbs was behind them in the field and leading off at the plate with no Willy Taveras to be found.
Enough already with the "Scott Rolen" influence. There wasn't one and there isn't going to be one.
There is a Drew-Stubbs-minus-Willy-Taveras influence, but it's on the field and at the plate, not in the minds of the players.
Every player is trying to make as much money as they can and trying as hard as they can and no player is going to motivate them to do any better one way or the other. Their wife might. Their kids might. The Manager or Coach might. But, no player is going to make a difference mentally in the motivation department.