The Reds were the best offense in the national league this season. They led the NL in hits, Runs, homers, RBIs, batting average, on base percentage, and slugging percentage. You certainly wouldnt expect that team to get no hit. But they did.The Reds committed the fewest errors in the National league this season. They shattered their own franchise record set by the Big Red Machine for fewest errors in a season. In fact, they shattered that record by committing 22 fewer errors than ever before. Brandon Phillips committed 3 errors all season. He almost equaled that Friday night in game 2 of the NLDS. Scott Rolen committed only 8 but he muffed the ball like a nervous rookie.
Also everyone talks about not wanting to slow down the game of baseball with replay. Well the MLB needs to figure out a way to get their plays right just like the NBA and NFL have done. Because the fact is, this post season, they have been getting plays wrong. The ball did not hit Chase Utley by his own admission. He was out at second on a force from third baseman Scott Rolen, and by all accounts, the umpires cost the Reds atleast one run in a crucial game 2 in Philadelphia.
In 2007, the Phillies were swept out of the playoffs in their first appearance in years.
As Jason Stark put it, maybe some day, in October 2013, we’ll be talking about the Reds. Maybe some day, a team this young and talented will grow together to understand exactly what it takes to close out October baseball games it absolutely has to win.
But not yet. Not on this night. Not this year. Not on this baseball field. On the kind of gorgeous October evening they’d dreamed about all their lives, they went out and made history Friday. But once again, this sure wasn’t the kind of history they’d scripted in those dreams.
No one predicted the Reds to be here, not even me. I thought they would be better but not there yet. Everyone thought they didn’t have the offense to go along with their pitching. They weren’t experienced enough. They didn’t have a star.