Thursday, November 5, 2015

Of Heroes And Goats

by: Dan Howard
Staff Writer

Hallelujah, the worst baseball season in 33 years is finally over.

Will the Reds new GM Dick Williams be active this offseason?

I read that the San Francisco Giants declined their option on Nori Aoki, hmmmmm. Career .287 hitter, good contact, some speed although his stolen base numbers have fallen over the past couple of seasons, and he was a bona fide Reds killer while in Milwaukee.

Congrats to the Kansas City Royals, featuring former Reds Johnny Cueto, Edinson Volquez, and Ryan Madson, for overcoming several deficits to become World Champions.

The New York Mets played like they’d never been to the World Series before, the Royals played like champions.

Post-World Series and Pre-Offseason Musings

by: Jack Ward
Staff Writer

Remember what I said last week? ”I’m hoping the Royals win but if I was a betting man I would pick the Mets as bad as I hate to. I just think they have the better pitching.” Wrong again. The Royals had the better pitching in the World Series thanks mostly to two former Reds. Edinson Volquez was very good in two starts and Johnny Cueto was almost perfect in his start. Who would have thought back in April that these two former Reds would be the guys who put the Royals over the top?

Of course the Royals are world champions because they do two things that the Reds never do…they put the ball in play in crucial times and their bullpen gets big outs! The Reds strike out in the clutch and their bullpen aside from Chapman rarely gets the job done at crunch time. Result. Royals are the world champions and the Reds are last in the National League Central division.