Jason Linden had an interesting piece over at Cincinnati Magazine yesterday:
I know you remember 2010 just as well as I do. The Reds were good. Really good. And it had been a long time since that had happened. Joey Votto won the MVP and Johnny Cueto started to become Johnny Cueto. It was a good year.
The year before, 2009, wasn’t as memorable. The Reds were not very good. And they didn’t make the playoffs. But by simple virtue of proximity, the two seasons are related. And, in fact, that 2009 team was good down the stretch. They won 27 of their last 40 games after “starting” the year 51-71. That shouldn’t be surprising.
You can see where this is going. Go read the entire piece and let us know what you think.
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