I know we’re all down after last night’s shellacking in the first meaningful August game that the Reds have had in about seven years. I’ve resolved to try to stay optimistic around here, given that the National League is just brutal this year, giving even a deeply flawed team like the Reds a chance.
However, I can’t disagree with a single thing JD says here. He’s attempting to take a realistic look at this team’s playoff hopes, and he comes away discouraged.
Read the entire thing, it’s worth a couple of minutes of your time. In the end, however, JD hits the nail on the head with his conclusion:
The Reds have now scored 546 runs and allowed 581. They’ve gone from having the best offense in the National League in 2005 to having the seventh best offense in the NL. From tops to middling. And they’ve gone from having the worst pitching in the NL to … having the second worst pitching in the NL.
This is not a playoff team. It hasn’t been a playoff team since Krivsky traded Kearns and Lopez to the Washington Nationals. And it’s a damn shame because I think they might have made it if Wayne had simply stood pat on that move and made all the other trades he’s made. 2006 is going to be remembered as a lost opportunity.
Indeed. Unfortunately, we didn’t just lose some offense for this year (and gain a bullpen in return that is only marginally better than the one we already had). We lost two above-average players who were just getting ready to hit their prime. That effect will be felt for years to come.
I am going to try to stay optimistic. After all, the Reds are still in the thick of things, and they definitely have a chance to pull this out. But I’m not going to lie: I’m discouraged.
JD is right; this just isn’t a very good team right now. If you don’t agree with that statement, I’m afraid you’re deluding yourself, although I’d love to listen to a well-reasoned argument that the Reds are a good team. If JD and I are wrong, we’ll admit it.