Hall-of-fame baseball writer Hal McCoy knows a thing or two about America’s pastime. If you’d like to tap into that knowledge, send a question to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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QUESTION OF THE WEEK
Q: Even though the Reds are in the thick of things, would you agree that the team overall has underachieved because I see SO much potential that isn’t being realized? — STEVE, VANDALIA
A: No, I wouldn’t. They lost their No. 1 starter for most of the season in Johnny Cueto. They lost their clean-up hitter for most of the season in Ryan Ludwick. They lost their left-handed set-up pitcher for most of the year in Sean Marshall. They lost their right-handed set-up pitcher for the season in Nick Masset and set-up pitcher Jonathan Broxton. Catcher Ryan Hanigan battled injuries all season. And you said it yourself — “the Reds are in the thick of things.” If anything, they’ve overachieved by overcoming adversity.