Checking in from Hilton Head
I've been reading the comments of the posters this morning. 1 p.m. tee time, you know. The frustration comes through load and clear.
If I were a fan, I'd be frustrated, too. Any fan is when his or her team doesn't play well. The Reds have gone far, far beyond that. But what's more frustrating -- again from a fan's perspective -- is a seeming lack of urgency. I think the Bibby Livingston over Homer Bailey points to that. As I see, the Reds have one really big bullet (Bailey) in the minors. What better time to fire it than now?
Same goes with the Brad Salmon being sent out. He has a power arm. And other than the bad pitch to Lance Berkman, he's been pretty good.
I wrote after one of those losses at home that season was on the brink. It's well past that now. I hear the talk that's it's time to bring up the kids. But other than Bailey, Salmon and Joey Votto, the club doesn't have a lot of talent close enough to the majors to bump up.
That's why they've got to thinking about trading some of the veterans to get some young players in that mold. A fire sale can be a good thing if done right. The last time the Reds had one they got Aaron Harang, Matt Belisle and Phil Dumatrait.