Following the fact that the last-place Reds were hammered 18-3 by The Washington Nationals, a long time Cincinnati broadcaster tried to find some hope for the disgruntled fans of the team that plays game at home in Great American Ball Park. However, he was forced to acknowledge that the clouds will continue to loom for a few more seasons before the Reds might be able to become genuine contenders.
In his post-game broadcast, Dan Hoard compared Cincinnati to the team that has the highest record of baseball this season and that’s The Houston Astros. Much like the Reds are doing right now, the Astros went through a major rebuild in the past few years and they had the same record on June 26 the team in Cincinnati in 2017.
Houston has begun its new path in 2011 and won only 56 games. They lost nearly twice as many games, however the Astros were able to identify the rookie Second baseman Jose Altuve as the player for their roster for the future.
Altuve was an All-Star in the following season, and Houston increased its win total by three. The Astros made a tiny move back in 2013 terms of their record however, by that time they had identified lefty Dallas Keuchel as the future leader of their lineup and also added the outfielder George Springer to their everyday lineup.
In 2014, they increased their chances by winning 71 games after removing the manager Bo Porter in August. The Houston team now experienced players with Altuve and Springer as well as top overall draft pick Carlos Correa at shortstop.
With three promising young players who were the backbone of the offense, and Keuchel pitching on a daily basis, Houston proved to be a 메이저놀이터. Finding a new manager, such as A.J. Hinch with a stellar track record in the field as well in the of the office was final step that the Astros required before becoming contenders.
They won ninety of their games to earn the Wild Card berth in 2015 defeating their rivals the New York Yankees to advance to the American League Division Series. The Astros have the most successful record in baseball and are among the favorite teams to be in their way to the World Series.
Even though both the Reds as well as the 2013 Astros both had lost just thirty games before June 26th The similarities between the two rebuilding teams aren’t over there. After three seasons of reconstruction, Cincinnati has yet to determine its own counterpart to Jose Altuve or the player to develop around.
Instead instead, the Reds remain dependent on the veteran 1st baseman Joey Votto, whose lengthy contract is expensive and makes it almost impossible to trade him. First-round draft picks like the catcher Devin Mesoraco and Jesse Wenker have been hampered by injuries or inefficiency as the remaining lineup is in the midst of change.
Additionally, Cincinnati found its own version from Dallas Kuechel, that number one pitcher to have won the Cy Young Award. Young left-handed pitcher Amir Garrett appeared to be a taller version of Kuechel when he dominated his first five games this season, however the Reds mysteriously relegated the player into Triple A Louisville in May. At the point that the club returned him to the team, Garrett had lost his confidence and did not bear any likeness to Kuechel.
A significant distinction in the Astros from just a few years ago and the present Reds has to do with the manager. While Houston had a change to the dugout in the third year of their reconstruction, Cincinnati continues to keep Bryan Price at the helm.
Contrary to Hinch who worked in the front office at Arizona after the end of his career as a player, Price had no experience managing any aspect of a team other than his pitching team. The Reds who are just three years into the reconstruction they should definitely look for an old catcher with the same experience as Hinch to lead the team. For starters former catchers like Ned Yost, Mike Matheny, Mike Scioscia and Brad Ausmus are among the current most successful managers.