Nice end to first half?
I’m dispensing with the three stars today….
As a writer and reporter covering the Reds, I take things as they come and try to analyze and report without bias. But after Sunday’s 4-2 Reds win over the Padres, I really have to wonder how much the difference is between blog/Twitter perception and actual reality.
*The Reds finished with a 6-5 West Coast road trip, despite losing two of three in Los Angeles and having four games where they scored one run or less. They won one four game series and split another. That’s not easy in any stretch of the schedule.
*Cincinnati is in second place one game behind the Pirates and are nine games over .500. The Pirates, by the way, have won nine of their last 11. While I think they will hang around to the end, does anyone think Pittsburgh will play at that level the entire second half?
*If you read the comments in the recent blog entries and some of the Tweets I get, you’d never know this was a team with a winning record. Almost all of the comments and tweets I received today were very negative. One reporter at the All-Star break in Kansas City noted that he wasn’t paying attention to the Reds today, but thought they were losing the game based on the Tweets he read. That says a lot to me.
*While I think fans have legitimate reason to want Frazier to play more over Rolen, did anyone really live under the delusion that Rolen would never ever play again after sitting out with back spasms? The Red Sox gave up on struggling veteran Kevin Youkilis and shipped him out to Chicago. How is that working out now for Boston? How is Youkilis doing, has anyone noticed? Pretty darn good.
*I hear the tired cliche about Dusty Baker only playing veterans over the kids, yet there are often times when two rookies in the starting lineup and sometimes there are three (Cozart, Frazier, Mesoraco). There are several players in the regular lineup under the age of 30. Four of the five members of the rotation are 26 or younger. How does the only plays veteran perception hold up with that reality?
*I think fans in Milwaukee, San Diego, Kansas City, Philadelphia, Colorado, Seattle, Oakland, Minnesota, Arizona and Toronto would gladly trade places with fans in Cincinnati right now. I’m not saying the Reds are playing great…they definitely have to improve, especially offensively.
So there’s my end of the first half rant. I do want to say that I really do appreciate all of your readership, comments, feedback, Twitter follows and participation. But I hope for your sake, and health, that you can find a way to enjoy the second half of the season. Because my perception is that no one is happy, ever.
I will be taking a full week off and returning on July 16. I look forward to picking up the conversation with you then. Until then, be well.