The Redlegs don’t play today; the Halos will be coming to town tomorrow to face Bronson Arroyo in the first of a three-game series. Seems like a good time to look at the state of the franchise.
As of today, the Reds are in last place, 9.5 games behind the first-place Brewers. Cincinnati no longer owns the worst record in the majors, though it’s the worst in the National League. The Reds are only four games out of second place in this putrid division; they are 12 games out in the Wild Card race.
Unquestionably, this team has flaws. I don’t think there’s a question, however, that the Reds aren’t as bad as their record would suggest. It is my opinion that the horrific performance of the bullpen and the defense has overshadowed the fact that the starting pitching and the hitting are decent, at least.
So, question: what should the Reds do? Can they make a run in the Central?
Let’s discuss the state of the Reds…and anything else you want to discuss. Be prepared for uber-commenter Y-City Jim to give updates on Paris Hilton, as he has been doing in the game threads.
Blame Chad for creating this mess.
Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, “The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds” is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad’s musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine.
You can email Chad at firstname.lastname@example.org.