Here’s an open thread to discuss tonight’s game or, well, anything you want to discuss.

Here’s a question, if anyone’s around: is it a coincidence that the Reds are playing better since Danny Graves was shown the door?

11 Responses

  1. Chris

    The snide answer is, “how can they be playing better, when they’re unhappy and their ‘team chemistry’ has been ruined?”

    But really, I can’t see why it would make much difference – I guess they haven’t blown as many leads in the 9th inning.

  2. Chad

    My thoughts exactly. It’s coincidence, methinks, but if there is another explanation, I’d love to hear it.

  3. Brian Erts

    Here’s a question, if anyone’s around: is it a coincidence that the Reds are playing better since Danny Graves was shown the door?

    It helps that the Nats, Pirates and Astros are 26th, 27th and 30th in runs scored.

  4. Joel

    Don’t forget Cleveland is in there too (actually they are 27th as right now and the Pirates are 28th). When do we play Oakland (#29)?

    It’s an interesting question, does bad pitching beat bad hitting. Over the last week it sure seems that way.

  5. Chris

    Effing Romano!!! First, I can’t understand the need to pinch run for Cruz to begin with (down 4-2, Cruz on 2nd and Freel on first). But Miley does. Befor I can ask, “why,” Romano’s gotten himself picked off second. Useless.

  6. Chris

    Belisle pitched pretty well tonight. Very few balls were hit hard – he did seem to lose confidence fairly easily. Home town jitters?

    Meanwhile, the Reds were pounding Backe – Freel nearly killed him with line drives twice. The Reds outplayed the Astros tonight – let’s see how it ends…

  7. Red Hot Mama

    Now listen to the Mama; I’m only going to explain this once.

    No way in Hades is it a coincidence. You would have to break it down on a player-by-player basis to understand all the subtle aspects, but the biggest chunk is its effect on Sean Casey.

    Casey can be an effective leader when he and the team are doing well because his excitement is infectious. But when he and the team are struggling, he’s too nice to make winning a higher priority than pleasing everyone. If the unfortunate choice of Casey as the leader is a given, the management had no choice but to rip out the foundation of his its-OK-you-tried-your-best culture if they wanted to see any improvement.

    It was convenient that Graves was sucking, overpaid, and a PR problem, because it fit nicely with the management’s need to show their dedication and guts while totally shocking Casey. Right choices often fall together like that.

    Consider your own life: when have you accomplished more than you ever thought you could? Was it when everything was going along easy, or was it in the face of adversity? Dropping Graves provided the adversity Casey needed to rise above to start actually leading this team. Trading Graves might have worked to a lesser extent, though it would have just looked like a salary dump; moving Graves to middle relief would have us still in a losing streak.

    The last two games demonstrate it perfectly: yesterday they had to rise above to beat Clemens, and that’s what they did. Today should have been easier, and look what happened.

  8. Heath

    Ok, its all addicting – I’ve got MLB extra innings and Vin’s on sleep timer….Nothing like west coast games…..even if it is the freakin’ Dodgers

  9. Chris

    That was a great game, Heath – hope you stayed up to watch it.

  10. Chris

    Mama, wish I could agree. I think it’s the weak competition, plus a natural reversion to their expected levels — LaRue had to improve.