These losses really don't upset me in the least. Frankly, I gave up on the postseason when it was determined that the Reds would play the Phillies. So, since the end of the regular year I've been thinking about what Walt might consider for next year. Here go my thoughts.
SP - Much has been made about the Reds not having a true Ace. I say there are at least one if not 2 already on the staff. All aces start from something and they have some good arms that got invaluable innings.
LF - How about a consistent producer that carries a glove. A real 4 hole hitter.
SS - A solid defensive player with a little o in his game.
2B - Trade Phillips. He's going to get pricey and I think you can get a little less production (and defense) for a lot less money. Count on your corner guys to carry the offensive burden. Possibly use Valaika or Cozart as a replacement.
3B - Find a suitable platoon partner for Rolen. I think Rolen is toast after about 100 games. Many of us groaned when he was out of the lineup, but had he sat more he may have been more of a player for the team down the stretch. I'm not sold on Francisco.
C - Let Ryan catch the majority of the games. Staff really seems to pitch better with him (and hit more batters ). All around solid defensive catcher who seems to have picked up a little offensively and always seems to be on base. Let Hernandez go. Not my favorite.
Closer - Get someone toasted at the Winter Meetings and trade them Cordero and his contract. OK won't happen so they're stuck here.
BTW, I would not be suprised and in fact expect either Volquez or Cueto to be traded during the Winter to open a spot for Leake/Chapman.
Thoughts on such a down evening?