We, the fans, the laypeople - the Hoi Polloi - crowed the entire off-season to fix the shortstop and left field situations. They were the team's most obvious needs. Nothing was done. Don't mentio Renteria - he made a bad situation worse. We then crowed for Cozart's call up weeks before it happened. It was the obvious solution, it comes weeks too late, but has worked wonderfully. Most of us knew Drew Stubbs was not a leadoff hitter. We are pitifully underachieving, below .500 and 5 games out as of this morning. Our offense is sputtering and, spare me, those of you who crow about run differential. If you score 743 runs in one game then none over the next 20, you do NOT have a good offense.
Our pitching has been above average, if not very good. Our bullpen is fine. So these are the moves we are apparently looking to make to fix this team:
Reds rumored to have interest Ubaldo Jimenez
Reds rumored to have interest in Jason Isringhausen, Todd Coffey (!!!!), Jason Frasor and other relievers
Reds rumored to have interest in Chone Figgins and Coco Crisp
Am I losing my mind? Starting pitching is NOT our problem. Heck, it's been said that no Jimenez deal would take place if Mesorasco was not involved. Relief pitching is NOT our problem. At all. If you add a reliever, even though we don't need it, we'd have to send one of our current ones down or possibly include him in such a deal. A reliable leadoff batter with high OBP IS a need, but we're going to address it by giving up something, a prospect or a current player, for leadoff hitters who have LOWER OBP than the guys we currently use there and one, in Figgins, who is owed a helluva lot of money????
Can someone please explain to me what the deuce is going on around here? Please?