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August 25, 2010

Associated Press/Ben Margot

One of the things I love about this 2010 Cincinnati Reds team is how easy they make it for blowhard naysayers (see: Colin Cowherd) to support their case.

While I don’t believe Cowherd’s inane comments about the Reds being a “fraud,” he makes a point about this team not beating the really good teams. This series against the Giants has already shown just how far the Reds are from being very good.

11-2? 16-5? Nice job getting people to take you seriously, guys.

Swept by the Cardinals in the first really important series of the season: 

Getting embarrassed by the best team in the National League: 

Travis Wood got rocked over 4.0 innings, and the often-compared-to-Wood Mike Leake came in and followed suit, giving up six runs in 0.1 inning. Leake’s outing was so bad that the team is considering shutting him down for the season, and Edinson Volquez (remember when he came off the DL and people were saying it was “like trading for an ace without giving anyone up”) — well, he’s been such an “ace” he might be moved to the bullpen.

That bullpen sure is starting to get crowded. Too bad we can’t find enough starters to fill out a decent rotation.

The Reds do realize that if (if) they make it to the playoffs they’re not going to be playing teams like the Diamondbacks, right?

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Matt permalink
    August 25, 2010 1:44 PM

    A talented SF Giants squad took close note of Mr. Votto and company steaming right along in recent days, taking an easy two of three from the Dodgers. Naturally, they were eager to defend their house as one of top dogs in the West. These two sound defeats come at the end of a long road trip and against some very good competition. But also don’t forget this lack of focus by our young staff comes at a time when there’s more on the table (thus more pressure) than ever before for this upstart Reds organization.

    It’s not a surprise to me the Reds have experienced some interesting ups and downs during this ‘foundation year.’ It’s not uncommon, even for the best of lineups, to have a complicated and often unpredictable MLB season. The Reds have been maturing together to form their own unique style for some time now. I think our young starters have a very good chance of coming back and winning in their next couple of outings. This team hasn’t worked their way into first place – this late in August – without already having overcome weak performances throughout the long course of the season. If it wasn’t for their great physical chemistry/balance, talent and crucial veteran presence I’d NOT bet on the Reds to win the division. It’s still theirs to lose, imo.

  2. Matt permalink
    August 25, 2010 4:43 PM

    An impressive win today (which seems forthcoming, Reds currently leading 10-1 in the sixth) to avoid the sweep in San Francisco and Cincy comes out of the road trip 6-3. If my math is correct that’s well over a .600 winning percentage. Indeed, the sky isn’t falling just yet :) !

  3. Matt permalink
    August 25, 2010 5:49 PM

    … not falling, but UNPREDICTABLE as the Giants have now mounted the most sublime of comebacks.

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