That’s five out of six wins to start this road trip. Not bad. Only six games under .500 now.

UPDATE: Don’t look now, but the Reds are only 8 games out in the Wild Card race. Of course, there are six teams ahead of them.

Can you imagine where the team would be if they had gotten average pitching during the first half?

I think it’s safe to say that Jerry Narron will be the Reds manager next season. I really don’t have a problem with that. He’s better than Dave Miley.

5 Responses

  1. Glenn

    Yeah Chad, I think you’re right. Jerry Narron has removed the interim part of his job description.

  2. al

    i feel similarly about Narron, but what did Miley do during his interim phase? It might not have been this good, but he had some success, and then it fell apart.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the reds wanted to go out of house for their next official manager, because they got burned last time taking the organization guy.

    I hope Narron stays with the team though, and i wouldn’t mind if they gave it to him, you can’t argue with 12 games over after the break.

  3. al

    again, i think narron has done well, and i do like the lineups more…

    but it’s pretty tough to argue that the reds success isn’t mostly due to the pitching they’re getting. The reds scored a lot under miley too.

  4. Joel

    The offense has only been slightly less “inconsistent” than under Miley. They’ve scored less than 4 runs 20 times in 60 games under Narron compared to 34 times in 70 games under Miley.

    The big difference is that the pitching is keeping them in games more often – in case that wasn’t obvious. Under Miley there were just 14 games where the pitching staff gave up less than 4 runs compared to 26 such games already under Narron.

    You know what’s funny is that even with all of the good pitching the Reds have been getting, they are still just 1-19 under Jerry Narron when they score less than 4 runs. That is by far the worst in the NL over that time span and it is only slightly worse than their season record of 4-50 in those games. Yuck.

  5. tom

    Narron has some good vibes about him. He seems to have a tough attitude but doesn’t talk too much to the press which is good. Better to talk to the players. O’Brien could be gone and Krivsky in, which should have happened in the first place. Some smart trades and/or pitching acquisitions in the off-season could find the Reds in the playoffs in 06.