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the reds haven't gotten any better since last time i posted about them (2016) will they ever be good decent again

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10 hours ago, dennyjones said:

You could resurrect Sparky.   But then again, Detroit would want him too. 

Best baseball nickname ever, “Sparky”!

It’s tough for the Reds to compete with the larger market teams. Unless they get really good talent from their farm system, they can’t field a great team without spending a lot. That’s the sad reality of baseball.

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14 minutes ago, boogielicious said:

Best baseball nickname ever, “Sparky”!

It’s tough for the Reds to compete with the larger market teams. Unless they get really good talent from their farm system, they can’t field a great team without spending a lot. That’s the sad reality of baseball.

I agree 100%. I watched the Indians dump payroll this off-season and now they can't score any runs. Unfortunately in baseball winning is a direct result of the payroll.

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After some of the Reds' off-season moves, there actually was a sense of optimism going into the season. People were pretty jacked after the win on opening day.

Then SPLAT.

The entire top of the order, Winker, Votto, Puig, Suarez, is off to a terrible start. They wasted some pretty decent pitching the last two days. 

 

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On 4/5/2019 at 7:48 AM, boogielicious said:

Best baseball nickname ever, “Sparky”!

It’s tough for the Reds to compete with the larger market teams. Unless they get really good talent from their farm system, they can’t field a great team without spending a lot. That’s the sad reality of baseball.

 

On 4/5/2019 at 8:05 AM, Bucki1968 said:

I agree 100%. I watched the Indians dump payroll this off-season and now they can't score any runs. Unfortunately in baseball winning is a direct result of the payroll.

Well, lets consider a few things. First of all 60% of the Indian's starting rotation was injured and out of the lineup at one time this year. Jose Ramirez has been in a slump since last August. Thank God this is Jason Kipnis' last year with the team, as he has fallen off a cliff. Encarnacion is no longer a Mariner. He just got traded to the Yankees. Carlos Santana fills that role just fine. Yan Gomes is playing a fill in role for the team he got traded to. 

About the only Indians "salary dump" I had an issue with was Brantley.. But you can understand the Indians thinking, considering how often Brantley has been out with injuries the past few years. 

And why wouldn't the Indians dump salary? I'm sure they are tired of spending money only to see the fans NOT show up! They've had the best won/lost record in the majors for the last 6 years, and won their division and gone to the playoffs, including the World Series, in the last 3 years, and they can't get out of 21st place in attendance! 

And yet, when you ask those who chant the "Dolan is cheap" mantra if they've been to a game lately, they say no! If you ask them why not, they complain about the money! Talk about the pot calling the kettle black! 

As boogie said, small market teams need to have excellent scouting and good minor league systems. Even the Yankees do that now! How else could you explain their record despite all their injuries? Back when old man Steinbrenner was running the team he didn't give a crap about the farm system! He'd just blow a bunch of money on another free agent. That's not the case any more. 

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Nice little 3 game win streak for those C-Reds after beating Verlander and the Astros last night. 

Winker, Votto and Suarez finally have those batting averages creeping towards respectable, but it still seems a struggle for this team to score runs on too many nights.

Probably the biggest accomplishment that can reasonably be hoped for is .500.

 

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Was Castillo any good against the Brewers? Nice to see them get three out of 4 against Milwaukee.

Crazy that the team is 41-44 but only 3.5 games out of first place. At this rate, it's going to make the trade deadline a funny time for management.

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