I agree, and am pleased, with the thrust of this story at reds.com, which is that the Reds aren’t having to focus primarily on pitching for the first off-season in recent memory. That’s a great development for this organization. Sure, there are holes to be filled (particulary in the bullpen), but the pitching is in better shape than it has been in years.

I threw up in my mouth a little bit when I read this, though:

Since late last season, the Reds have gradually made an offensive transformation, from a veteran power-laden team to a younger one that wants to rely more on speed and manufacturing runs.

That often means a lot of low-scoring games, and for that strategy to succeed, the pitching will have to be better than it has been the last several years.

Ugh. “A lot of low-scoring games”. Is this 1969?