Bill Lack and I got together to talk about the current state of the Reds and, as usual, we talked for entirely too long. As a result, we’ve split it up into two parts. You can listen, if you want. (Yes, I know there’s a bit of an echo or something. Sorry about that.)

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13 Responses

  1. TC

    I broke down and watched last night’s game. I told myself I wouldn’t until they stopped this madness. They are a very good team but aren’t playing like it. But I understand you can’t get a team to play at a high intensity all year. If they can keep, even close the gap, then they can perhaps amp up the intensity going in to the postseason.

    • CharlotteNCRedsFan

      @TC: Reds can make a push at anytime – theoretically.

      Two things that might help:
      1) Dusty sticks with this basic lineup. At least the 1 thru 4 guys. Would not mind seeing a Choo/Heisey platoon in CF and Mes move up to the 6th spot.
      2) Maybe the Reynolds’ outing could relieve the pressure that Dusty feels to use Logan so often and in any “leverage” situation.

      It would be nice to end this road trip on a high note today.

      Go Reds!!

  2. TC

    Point of dissension: Really? BP is only the 5th or 6th most value player on the team? Among the position players, he’s the second best. Factoring offense and defense, he’s the second best player on the team. Rotten year at the plate, no doubt. But putting Bruce above BP is a huge stretch.

    Pitching is a different animal. Since they only play 20% of the time it’s hard to compare value between every day players and pitchers.

    • ToddAlmighty

      @TC: How is putting Bruce above Phillips a huge stretch?

      BA: Phillips .270/Bruce .269
      OBP: Bruce .326/Phillips .316
      SLG: Bruce .490/Phiilips .421
      2B: Bruce 2nd/Phiilips 48th
      HR: Bruce 4th/Phillips 26th
      RBI: Phiilips 2nd/Bruce 5th
      TOOTBLANS: Bruce 1/Phillips 6
      Errors: Bruce 2 (.993)/Phillips 9 (.984)
      WAR: Bruce 4.5/Phillips 1.7
      oWAR: Bruce 2.6/Phillips 1.9
      dWAR: Bruce 1.2/Phillips 0.1
      OPS+: Bruce 117/Phillips 97
      Embarassment of the team made by calling local reporters “Fat MFers”: Bruce 0/Phillips 1
      Complaining about being underpaid: Bruce 0/Phillips 1

      Yeah, really don’t see how that’s a huge stretch. BP has simply been the 4th best position player on the team this year. Factor in pitchers and he’s not even that.

  3. TC

    Qualification: BP lost a fan in me with his interaction with CTR. I’m done with with. I plan to give my #4 shirts to Goodwill. (I’m serious.) He’s earned the comparisons to Chad Johnson. At the moment I actually like Yani Molina more than BP. But it doesn’t change my opinion of the quality of his play on the field. He’s one of the three best 2B in baseball. That hasn’t changed.

  4. Chad Dotson

    Brandon Phillips is 7th on the team in Fangraphs wins above replacement, and NINTH in bWAR. Those take defense into account. I don’t think our conclusion was too crazy.

  5. vegastypo

    Haven’t had the chance to listen yet, but wanted to ask whether the editors were anticipating getting to chat with any more former players. I go back a ways, so I really enjoyed those interviews with Jim Maloney and Freddy Norman. …..

    Isn’t there going to be a celebration of the Big Red Machine, with the position players coming to town? Maybe a chance to snag a few of those guys? And I’ve heard Marty on occasion make reference to Jack Billingham. He might be interesting to hear, too!!

  6. RedsfanDusseldorf

    Thanks for this podcast. I have been following this blog avidly for about a year, but this is my first time commenting. I just wanted to remind everyone that while the Reds’ last two series against the Brewers have been less than stellar, they actually split the first four-game series in Milwaukee with victories on August 15 and 18. The games on August 16 and 17 were so dismal that the first win seems to get forgotten. Granted, it’s a small comfort in the scheme of things.

  7. WVRedlegs

    Why is this team hard to love?? Simple. It goes to the core of it, the schizophrenic characteristics of this team. From day to day, you never know which personality is going to show up for that day’s game.