Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Future Bright for Reds, Postseason Prognostications

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by:Jack Ward
Staff Writer

The Reds stand 57-80 through Tuesday. But we aren’t discouraged because this year has been over since April. This year all we have done is watch painfully the Reds build for the future and we must admit the future looks good. The Reds have discovered Dan Straily who has been outstanding for the Reds. Anthony Desclafani once he got back from injury has been amazingly consistent. Michael Lorenzen has been great and whether starting or in the relief roll Raisel Iglesias has been a lock down performer. Blake Wood has been a pleasant surprise. Brandon Finnegan really battles every time out and once he gets more consistent he is going to be a very good pitcher.

Tucker Barnhart we can’t say enough good things about as he has solidified the Reds catcher position. The Reds were unsure how Tucker would perform as the everyday catcher after the season ending injury to Devin Mersoraco. Zack Cozart has been better than ever since coming off knee surgery. Brandon Phillips has been his usual good self and Joey Votto after a terrible start has been Joey Votto. Adam Duvall has been a very pleasant surprise and has locked down an outfield position for a few years. I think that Billy Hamilton has figured it out. He has the talent, it’s just been a matter of gaining confidence and experience.

It’s really exciting this time of year when your team is in a pennant chase. I remember in 2010, 2012 and 2013 how each game was so important and how you rejoiced each game the Reds won and agonized every time they lost. It’s never fun losing and it’s not fun losing and not caring that much.

I think that the Cubs and the Nationals are the best of the National League which means nothing during the playoffs. Very rarely has the best regular season team won the World Series. That’s the price you pay to have to win three series to win the title. So much has to go right and then there is the pressure on you if you are the best team. So much expectation puts a lot of pressure on teams this year like the Cubs and the Nationals. Did you that the San Francisco Giants have won ten playoff series in a row? 2010, 2012, and 2014. They won a Division play in game in 2014 plus a division series, league championship series and World Series each year. The New York Yankees won five World Series in a row from 1949 to 1953 but didn’t have to win any playoff series. The New York Yankees won Eleven playoff series in a row from 1998 to 2001.

In the American League I like the Indians due to their great pitching staff and the addition of Andrew Miller in the bullpen will be big for them in the playoffs. Toronto, Detroit, Baltimore, Boston, and Texas have won with great offenses and that tends to be shut down in the playoffs. You have to have pitching. You have to have starters that can give you six or seven innings and then you have to have a lock down bullpen. Boston and Baltimore has a better pitching than anyone except Cleveland. I predict it will be either Boston or Cleveland. If the Red Sox even make it to the playoffs. Even if they do, I still give the nod to the Indians.

As for the World Champions, I am with Marty Brennaman. It won’t be the Cubs because they always find a way to screw up a good thing. I am giving the title to the Washington Nationals and former Reds skipper Dusty Baker.

Until next time,

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