Do you feel like the Reds have kind of lost their way this season, from ownership, to the GM, to Dusty and his coaches, to the players?
I really felt like they were headed in the right direction at the end of last season. They made the playoffs. The farm system produced 12 guys on the 25 man roster, and was flourishing still. It sure seemed like alot of things were going right last year.
Then this offseason hit and I saw an aging, declining Scott Rolen at 3B and cleanup hitter, and really felt the organization should prepare to slide Rolen down in the order and find a legit cleanup hitter.
I was in the "give Janish a shot" camp this past offseason. That didn't work out. But I was in the "give Cozart a shot camp" about the first of June. It took longer than it should have to bring up Cozart.
I felt this past offseason that LF should be addressed, and hopefully it be a cleanup hitter. I also wasn't comfortable with Stubbs at leadoff, thinking he should bat 6th or 7th with all his strikeouts, but potential power.
The Reds brought in Hermida, Lewis, Renteria.........hmmm.
Then Gomes plays more against righthanders than lefthanders during this season, and seems to play all the time. And Dusty thinks Alonso is challenged in LF? Gomes is only slightly better. Gomes has terrific numbers against lefthanders, but Dusty plays him tons against righthanders. A real headscratcher.
The past few years, the Reds have given Jay Bruce and Drew Stubbs, former #1 picks, plenty of rope to hang themselves with. A long leash of uninterrupted starts. What did Heisey get? A three hit day followed by a couple of days on the bench. Pretty much the forgotten man now.
I could continue on, but I feel like the organization lacks direction right now. They bring up Alonso but don't know what to do with him. They fail to trade Ramon Hernandez, who is having a terrific year, and holds alot of value as he becomes a free agent at season's end. And they could have brought up Mesoraco to break him in before next season.
I am confused regarding the direction of the organization right now. Anyone else feeling this way?
Seems like so many options, and the Reds don't know what to do with them.