I was able to watch 3 out of the 4 games of the Fla series and, I gotta say - I came away from those games thoroughly impressed with the way those guys hit. An average upscale restaurant has a higher payroll than these guys - other than Hanley Ramirez, they're made up of a bunch of journeymen and AAAA farmboys. Heck, we gave them Cody Ross and Jorge Cantu for a couple of Happy Meals and some free movie tickets. Brett Carroll? John Baker?? Shoot - Dan Uggla didn't even make it to the bigs until he was 27.
And yet, look at our lineup. Highly-touted guys like Bruce, Votto and Phillips....veterans like Hernandez and Rolen and other dudes with talent like Stubbs and Dickerson. The ONLY guy we have producing anything consistent at the plate is Rolen. From a talent perspective - talent and reputation - our lineup trumps theirs. But, those guys have an approach at the plate, as well as plate discipline, and we have none. Coaching.
Many people here have been running Aaron Harang up the flagpole last night because of the amount of runs he gave up. If you watched that game with a critical eye, you'd see Aaron actually threw the ball really well. A lot of their base hits were off really good pitches. Conversely, how many 2 strike fastballs did our guys just stare at? Fastballs literally right down the pipe!
At some point you have to acknowledge that these guys are professionals and they have to take responsibility for their failings, but pro baseball teams have coaches for a reason and the Reds are obviously not getting what they need from Brook Jacoby.