IllinoisBandit wrote:slomo007 wrote:I guess I just don't understand. Why is he getting the blame? What do you expect when you have a pitching staff (outside of Harang) that is a pile of doo-doo? I mean Bobby Cox is the only manager in the league that would have an outside chance of competing with a roster like the Reds have. If the players liked/respected Narron, then why not give him more of a chance?
The Reds are destined to continue failing until they get more talent. A new manager will do nothing.
I tend to disagree. Even a casual fan can identify the mass mismanagement of the bullpen this season. He really makes you scratch your head almost every single night. Using rookies 5 days in a row and stubbornly putting Todd Coffey in situations in which he's destined to fail. Not to mention refusing to use Burton for much of the season, even in blowouts, and then when the bullpen is worn he ends up having to throw him in a pressure situation.
This three catcher thing has gotten rediculous. Moeller has no place on an MLB roster once so ever.
The Reds have one of the best offenses in the league (they lead MLB in HR's) and have gotten adequate starting pitching much of the time, epecially early on from the 1-4 starters. Still, Jerry's has found a way to lose almost every night.
I don't get a chance to watch as many Reds games as I would like, but I do try to follow the games pretty closely online. I agree that he doesn't use Coffey effectively, but then again that can be balanced out by saying that Weathers has definitely overachieved this season.
I just don't think the Reds have the pitching to compete for several years. They need 1 or 2 more reliable starters and another bullpen arm (Guardado coming back will help but he's not the savior). I agree their offense is fine, even if they did give up Lopez and Kearns for peanuts. But the offense hasn't been the problem in a while, it's been their pitching...and it's not getting any better.