I happened to be in the car yesterday during his appearance on Lance’s show. Two items of note…
1- Lance asks some decent questions. BUT he doesn’t follow them up…he basically lets O’Brien makes senseless statements and goes on to the next question. It’s like he’s not listening to the answers.
2- O’Brien gave one of the main reasons for the team’s struggles as being “young players on the DL that they were counting on” and said all should be back within the next month and that the team will look a lot different. The names he mentioned (and he mentioned them twice) were Pena, Hancock, Hudson, and …wait for it..Machado.
Now, I can buy Pena. But Hancock pitched in 12 games with a 4.45 ERA for the Reds last year. He’s posted reasonable minor league numbers, but counting on him to be a difference maker? Hudson pitched in 9 games. Hudson didn’t even pitch in ’03 and has never thrown more than 165 innings in a season. And they’re counting on him to make a difference? And Machado? This guy couldn’t hit water if he fell out of a boat.
I emailed Lance when they announced this and said that if he was just going to ask softball questions and not press the GM, then this was just an unpaid advertisement for the Reds and that’s what it is, IMO.