The 2017 MLB Postseason is now in full swing. Like 26 other teams, the Cincinnati Reds are left to watch and learn. For the Reds, there is plenty to watch and learn from.
First, players and fans get to watch many former Reds shine in October. The New York Yankees have former Reds infielders Todd Frazier and Didi Gregorious. Plus, the flame throwing closer Aroldis Chapman. Tony Cingrani, Justin Turner and Yosmani Grandal are former Reds representing the Los Angeles Dodgers. Essentially a Yankees vs. Dodgers World Series would be an informal Reds reunion.
There’s one primary lesson that the Cincinnati Reds can learn from any postseason. Especially if you’re Reds manager Bryan Price. The postseason can really test a managers strategy. Especially in terms of dealing with their ability to manage pitchers. Price’s predecessor Dusty Baker knows this all to well.
One might suspect Bryan Price would struggle in a postseason series if he had the chance. Given how he fares with managing pitchers in the regular season. Already as a result of this, the Reds haven’t contended during the Price era. Arranging the pitching rotation takes on new dimensions in October. The Reds don’t show signs of being better off in this area compared to 2010, 2012 or 2013.
The Reds surprisingly have what it takes to make it to the MLB Postseason. One couldn’t tell by looking at their record, but they can see it through the Reds offense. Batting-wise they’re in decent enough shape to match the 2010 Reds. The biggest obstacle for the Reds offensively is whether they can get clutch hitting. This is what doomed their 2012 pennant chase, it could impact them in the future.
In closing, at least Reds fans can look on the bright side with one statistic. Although, the Reds still have a tough road ahead towards being in a position to play deep into October soon. The Reds are still the only franchise in the last 45 years to go undefeated in the MLB Postseason. Doing so back when they won a World Series title in 1976.