The mourning after: Onto 2008
God love all of you out there in Redsland. It ain't easy being a Reds fan. A fever chart of your emotions over the last couple of weeks resembles that of the stock market. Way up. Way down. Way up. Way down.
What Pete Mackanin said yesterday afternoon was right: Judge him on his whole record and how he handles the team. You certainly don't eliminate him from contention because the Reds lost a doubleheader to the Pirates. No matter how much you blame him for the sweep.
A lot of you give him a lot of the blame. I would not have played Jason Ellison either. That's not a second guess. As soon as I saw the lineup, I thought Josh Hamilton had a better chance of running into one for a home run than Ellison had of getting around to score a run after a single. But playing Ellison is not the reason the Reds lost the doubleheader. Despite, the recent run the Reds are a flawed team.
The fact is the odds of the Reds making the playoffs would have still been astronomical had the swept the DH.
But having been swept simply means the future is now.
I think today -- or in the next few days -- an edict should come down from Bob Castellini and Wayne Krivsky telling Mackinin this: We've seen what you can do a manager. Now, we want to make some decisions about players for next year. Hamilton plays every day whether a righty or lefty is pitching. Joey Votto plays first against right-handers. Johhny Cueto goes into the rotation. Homer Bailey joins him when he's healthy. Jay Bruce comes up to get a taste of the big leagues.
The Reds have to answer some questions about their young players before spring training to get an idea of how extreme the offseason makeover has to be.
Agree or disagree?