Friday, April 5, 2013

Analysis of a (Nationals) beatdown

by: Dan Howard
Staff Writer

YEEEEAAAAHHH BABY!!! Dat’s what I’m talkin’ bout! Dat’s what “swag” looks like! In case you don’t know that’s what’s called takin’ a team to the woodshed, also known as a butt whuppin’. The Nationals are heading to their team hotel with some Big Red welts on their backsides! Hey all you so called experts, those stone tablets you etched the Nationals as World Champions on now have been beaten into powder. Six home runs, none by anyone named Votto or Bruce, 15 runs total, 19 hits, and the Reds team batting average jumps 86 points, from .155 to .241. Reds team ERA fell from 2.90 to 2.25, seven more strikeouts brings the total to 44 on the season, an average of 11 per game.

I know it’s still very early, but a game like this can turn a season around. I remember a similar beating a struggling 1975 Reds team administered on Tom Seaver and the New York Mets, the Reds then reeled off 86 wins during the final 119 games of that season en route to the World Championship. I remember May 6, 1995, the Reds, managed by Davey Johnson, started the season at 1 – 8, scored nine runs in their last two at bats to turn an 11 – 4 deficit into a 13 – 11 improbable victory. That comeback kick started the Reds who won 19 of the next 22 and rolled to a division championship.

In closing, I’m ecstatic with the Reds performance tonight; I know that momentum is only as good as tomorrow’s starting pitcher (Mike Leake). Realistically, the Reds could still lose this series, but for one magical game Cincinnati let the baseball world know that the game is played on the field, not by media “experts”.

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