My name is Richard, I kind of run this site….(We’re super laid back and to be honest I dont censor, take down, change or veto topics or posts so by run I mean I made the first login and ask people to join). If you’ve ever been here before you know I’m a pretty laid back dude. I usually defend the team and I usually defend the manager Dusty Baker. Theres going to be a little less of that in this post.
The Angry Part
Tonight was a tragedy (baseball wise). As much as a June baseball game can be a tragedy. Mike Leake pitched amazingly well, and to be honest after Cuetos game last night I actually felt confident at taking 2/3 with Leake and Latos on the mound. The L & L connection have both been damn good and as you will here in our upcoming podcast they both get props from Greg and I.
Jay Bruce looked like only Jay Bruce can. He went hulk on two balls that still haven’t landed and the Reds were up 3-2. The 9th was not without its problems. Todd Frazier on 2nd with 0 outs and couldn’t make it around to home. It was stunning the lack of being able to get him in. Marty was crushing the team for not being able to get him around he crushed Meso for his lack of bunting and seemed genuinely pissed at this teams offense.
Then the soothsayer Marty Brenneman dropped “Better hope that doesn’t come back to haunt them in the bottom of the 9th” and I turned to my wife and said “Good lord Marty is being cranky tonight”. Well I was right but so was The HOFer.
Aroldis chapman has not pitched in what seems like a year, but in reality it has been 3 days since he last pitched. It’s hard for me to get mad at Aroldis, it really is. He has not blown a save since May 19 and for that matter hasn’t give up a run since May 19. (see baseball reference for more details). Heres the problem the Reds do not have an margin for error in the bullpen at this point. They don’t.
We were supposed to have a 3 headed monster. It was supposed to be a 6 inning game! It’s not. This team has had horrendous injuries all year, it really has. They have had their starting LF on the DL who was responsible for a .275/26/80 line last year and have replaced him with a .276/6/30 line. Thats not to say that the replacements for Luddy have been bad, they have been quite good overall but its still lost production.
They’ve lost Cueto the ACE pitcher of the staff twice and somehow managed. Somewhere along the way injuries were going to actually hurt them. It was a question of when now if.
Broxton and Marshall are going to be back, Marshall is more than eligble to come off the DL and Broxton barring setbacks is eligble to come off on the 29th and if/when they both come back they are sorely needed.
Lets get into some 2% honesty here, with a lead the there are exactly 2 pitchers not named Aroldis on the Roster who I trust in the game. Sam Lecure and Tony Cingrani. Before Cingrani was put in the pen there was one pitcher. I’m not saying that Simon has been particularly bad, he hasn’t. I also think that Hoover has been better than his ERA would indicate. Ondrusek, Parra, and anyone else who has come in (sadly now including my dude Partch) has been little more than a human batting tee.
I keep hearing people that want Dusty Baker fired and as much as I would love to see something happen to shake this team up thats not going to happen.
Dusty is doing the best he can for the most part, there are always issues with his lineups for one reason or another, but for the most part you cant complain about him not player people he doesn’t have.
That being said this road trip and the following series here will be huge for this team. I’m not saying they are “Make or break” because its almost impossible to be “Make or break” for a period that ends july 4th. That being said this trip will tell us a lot and COULD be straight up disasterous for this team. They’ve already lost 2 games out of the 8 that are on the road trip and they have 6 remaining, then a 4 game series at home against San Fran. If they go the disaster route and lose the texas series and the San Francisco series and slip with Oakland we could be talking about a 3-9 or 4-8 Road Trip which with the way StL and Pittsburgh are winning games could put this team 8-10 games out of first place. COULD. This is my disaster scenario.
If this team goes into the All Star break 10 games out of first place then its my belief that they will have to do things, up to and including fire Dusty Baker. I’m not advocating it yet, but losses like tonight make it hard to defend. This team is reeling right now, and they need a swift kick in the ass to wake up.
What the hell did Joey Votto do to Marty Brenneman?
Seriously? Did he hit on Martys wife? Marty seems to have it out for Joey and maybe its just Marty’s old school ways but he seems to genuinely have a beef with him. heres a link to Marty’s comments from tonight. The gist is that Marty is upset that Joey Votto doesn’t drive in Runs. To this I say Nay Nay Mr Brenneman.
He’s batting .330 with 37 RBI on 13 HRs and 14 2 baggers.
Lets dig a little deeper shall we. Batting with men on base? Joey is hitting .300 even with 37 Bases on balls.
Runners in scoring position you say? Joey is hitting .348 with another 23 bases on balls. his on base percentage with Runners in scoring position? .500. FIVE HUNDRED.
Look I’m sorry, I want to see Joey Votto with 120 RBI’s I do. I want to see him win another MVP (which btw his WAR and OPS say he is on trajectory to possibly do again this year) but I dont want to see Joey swinging at the crap they throw him out of the strike zone on his unintentional intentional walks (you know the ones I’m talking about the ones where they dont stand up and intentionally walk him but they dont throw a damn thing near the strike zone).
I know this post was a little different than most of the stuff I put up, but please understand just because I’m not happy with tonights outcome does not mean that I do not hold out hope that this teams will pull through.
Here at HFS we follow the motto of Redlegs Never Say Die (heck one of our writers uses it as his moniker and another one has lived it and even helped to design the T-Shirts that are being sported all over Reds Country) and we will continue to. Down to the last out of the the last game of the season be it in early October or Early November we will follow and root for this team and that is all you can do.
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