Bob Hunter at the Columbus Dispatch preaches patience in the trade market this year
He says that although this division is fairly winnable, the Reds are more than just one big bat away. At .500 now the Reds need to pick up about 6 or 7 wins over the course of the second half to really give themselves a shot. Hunter doesnt think Holliday or anyone else (he also named Gary Matthews Jr and made me puke) is good enough to boost the team into 1st place, so why should we sacrifice the future for an unlikely division series appearance?
He uses the Brewers of last year as an example. The traded top prospect Matt LaPorta to the Indians for CC Sabathia, who led them to a division series bow out. As Hunter says, "If the Reds had faced similar circumstances and traded Joey Votto for a quick trip into and out of the division series a few years ago, would anybody be happy about it now?"
Bronson Arroyo says he's fine
"I'm fine...I'm fine," Arroyo said. "I've got no other excuses other than this game isn't easy. ... I can't change what happened. I'll just take the ball every fifth day and get ready for my next start against Johan Santana and the Mets (next weekend)." I dont know what to think. He certainly doesnt look fine. I'm convinced that the Reds are going to continue running him out there in the hope that he can put together a few strong starts and prove to the rest of the league that he's worth trading for. I'm just not as hopeful as they are.
This is a really nice story about Joey Votto and his friends
He remains close with the host family whom he stayed with while playing for Dayton, and during his lowest moments they were there to pick him up.
Redleg Nation has (unenthusiastically) named their Reds Player of the Month
and the award goes to Jonny Gomes. Not a good month for the Reds.
THT has their weekly rankings up
and the Reds have slipped all the way down to #21. Their Dartboard Factor (how many wins a team would be expected to have at the end of the season if it played a neutral schedule) is now only 77.
Chris Sabo's Goggles has an interesting conspiracy theory concerning Bronson Arroyo's latest rough patch
"Does anyone else find it interesting that Arroyo’s most recent slide coincides exactly with the announcement that Creed is reuniting?"