JD has this to say about 3B Edwin Encarnacion’s recent demotion to AAA:

Wayne Krivsky acts like a cornered animal once the first pitch is thrown on Opening Day. The guy doesn’t know what the hell he’s doing when baseball is actually being played, and he’s really pretty overrated when it comes to offseason moves. Fans of the guy can crow all they want (justifiably I’ll admit) about Bronson Arroyo and Josh Hamilton, but Krivsky hasn’t brought one decent reliever to town since he started. That is pathetic. And that’s what everyone should be focused on right now. But instead we get a demoted Edwin Encarnacion, as if that’s going to solve any of the Reds problems.

I’ll actually give the average Reds fan credit on this one. I don’t think they’re going to be buying what Krivsky is selling this time around. Not with all the booing I’ve been hearing lately every time a reliever implodes. If the Reds struggle on this west coast trip, as they usually do, Cincinnati is going to start thinking football awfully damn early this year. But at least the Reds are teaching Edwin Encarnacion a lesson. Or something.

Or something.

3 Responses

  1. Y-City Jim

    Edwin is a victim of Krivsky’s insistence that this team will be defensively sound.

    I feel the bullpen problem is more psychological and/or philosophical. That won’t change with Tom Hume as the person in charge of getting these guys ready to come into pressure situations. Great relievers have attitudes and I don’t see much of one coming from the Cincinnati relievers.

  2. GodlyCynic

    He did bring a couple of decent relievers to town. I hate defending the guy, but it’s hard to argue with what Guardado did for the Reds (And he could not have predicted that he would need such major surgery). Also, Showenweis was good for the short term. Bill Bray has shown some talent despite this year’s injury allowing him to display none of it as of yet. While the bulk of relievers have been garbage, it’s unfair to those who have shown some spark to label them all as failures.

  3. Cary

    Whether or not EE was the right move has absolutely nothing to do with the bullpen stinking and commentators who continually try to correlate the two seem to be doing little more than axe grinding.