After the last place Reds suffered an 18-3 pounding from the Washington Nationals, a long time Cincinnati broadcaster tried to provide a silver lining for the unhappy fans who support the team that plays its home games at Great American Ball Park. Even he, however, had to admit that the cloud will loom a few more seasons before the Reds could possibly become legitimate contenders.
On his post game radio show, Dan Hoard compared Cincinnati to the team with the best record in all of baseball this year, the Houston Astros. Like the Reds are doing now the Astros underwent a massive rebuild a few years ago, and in 2013 had the exact same record on June 26 as that held by Cincinnati in 2017.
Houston started its new direction back in 2011, winning just 56 games. They lost almost twice that many, but the Astros successfully identified rookie second baseman Jose Altuve as the player around which to make their future rosters.
Altuve became an All-Star the next season, and Houston improved by three wins. The Astros took a small step back in 2013 in terms of their record, but by then they had identified left hander Dallas Keuchel as the future ace of their starting rotation as well as adding outfielder George Springer to their everyday lineup.
In 2014 they improved to win 71 games, having dismissed manager Bo Porter in August. The Houston lineup now had not only experienced stalwarts in Altuve and Springer, but also number one overall draft choice Carlos Correa at shortstop.
With those three young stars anchoring the offense and Keuchel taking the mound every five days, Houston was a much better team. Hiring a new manager like A.J. Hinch, who had an impressive background on the field as well as in the front office, was the last step the Astros needed before they became contenders.
They won ninety games to secure a Wild Card berth in 2015, beating the New York Yankees to advance to the American League Division Series. Now the Astros have the best record in baseball, and are the favorites to make the World Series.
Although the 2017 Reds and 2013 Astros both had won only thirty games by June 26, the similarities between the rebuilding clubs stop there. Nearly three seasons into their rebuild, Cincinnati has yet to identify its version of Jose Altuve or the player to build around.
Instead, the Reds continue to rely on veteran first baseman Joey Votto, whose lengthy and expensive contract has made it nearly impossible to trade. First round draft picks such as catcher Devin Mesoraco and Jesse Wenker have suffered because of injury or underperformance, while the rest of the lineup remains in flux.
Nor has Cincinnati been able to find its version of Dallas Kuechel, that number one starter who has won a Cy Young Award. Young left hander Amir Garrett appeared to be an even taller version of Kuechel by dominating in his first five starts this season, but the Reds inexplicably demoted him to Triple A Louisville in May. By the time the club recalled him, Garrett had lost his confidence and no longer bore any resemblance to Kuechel.
Another importance difference between the Astros of a few years ago and the current Reds concerns the manager. Whereas Houston made a change in the dugout during the third year of its rebuild, Cincinnati continues to keep Bryan Price at the helm. 사설토토
Unlike Hinch, who worked in Arizona’s front office after his playing career, Price had no experience running any part of a team but the pitching staff. The Reds, now three years into their rebuild, should probably seek out a former catcher like Hinch to take over the club. After all, former catchers like Ned Yost, Mike Matheny, Mike Scioscia and Brad Ausmus are among the most current succes