Marty and Dusty's Tuesday night pregame show on 700 WLW
Marty asked Dusty if it's time for his team to play with a "sense of urgency"?
The response was interesting. Dusty said now is not the time. He said the time to play with a sense of urgency is when you are down to your last game and last outs. He told Marty he just wants his guys "to play" right now. That is classic Dusty. And I think it's part of the problem.
This team needed to be playing with a sense of urgency long before now. Instead, they have played like they are waiting for things to happen, rather than making things happen.
Keep in mind, a "sense of urgency" wasn't needed down the stretch in 2010 or 2012. Dusty and his team were able to put things into cruise control in September of those seasons:
Their 2010 division lead didn't drop below fives games over the final 32 games.
Their 2012 division lead didn't drop below six games over the final 46 games.
I'd argue the Reds lacked a sense of urgency in Game 4 of last year's NLDS. They opted to use Mike Leake in Game 4, up 2-1 in the series, and to save Mat Latos for a potential Game 5.
We know how that worked out. Dusty's "way" can play well over 162 games and keep a team even keel. His "way" has not been enough to win in the postseason. And His "way" has not worked down the stretch of this season.