Tim is a frequent e-mailer, first from Singapore and now from Hong Kong, which impresses the heck out of me, for some reason. It’s the same with an e-mailer from Stuttgart, Germany and another from Norway and one from Alaska.
When I get one from the North Pole, I’ll be stunned.
Isn’t the internet just grand?
Anyway, Tim is concerned that I am being too harsh, too critical, too negative with his beloved Reds and notes that a lot of the national media are predicting awesome things from this year’s team.
He said he sensed I was not pleased with some of the roster moves to get down to the final 25 and wondered why I picked apart the Opening Day game with my blog entitled Bad Beginning.
I’m not picking on Tim. He’s a great guy who e-mails me often and is always sane about it.
First of all, I’m on record as saying this team could finish above .500 for the first time in seven years and that it should battle Milwaukee for second place. I picked the Cubs to win, but we all know what the Cubs are all about, so first place is there for the grabbing.
As for the makeup of the roster, the only disagreement I had was shipping out Jay Bruce and bringing in Corey Patterson. I stand by that. Everything else suited my fancy - dumping Mike Stanton, sending out Homer Bailey, putting youngsters Johnny Cueto and Edinson Volquez into the rotation.
I do have concerns about the catching. If The Real David Ross was the 2006 version, it would be OK. If The Real David Ross was the 2007 version, that’s trouble. Even a David Ross who is somewhere between 2006 and 2007 would be OK.
As for the Bad Beginning blog, well, it was a dissection of Opening Day, one game. Yes, it was only one game, but games played like Opening Day turn into games played in July and August the same way.
If this team is going to win, it has to do everything right. No mistakes. There is no margin for error. Everybody must run out every ball (right, Javier Valentin?). The pitchers must get down bunts (right, Aaron Harang?) Routine throws must be made accurately (right, Edwin Encarnacion?). The leadoff hitter must get on base once in a while (right, Corery 0 for 4 Patterson?).
Those were the glaring mistakes, mistakes that must be eradicated on a daily basis.
We could add the absence of hits, only three. But with Brandon Webb on the mound and Arizona’s strong bullpen, we’ll give the offense a pass on this day.
So, Tim, don’t read too much into what you perceived from my Opening Day blog. As they say, facts are facts are facts.Tweet