Saturday, September 20, 2014

MLB Week 25 – That Losing Feeling

by: Dan Howard
Staff Writer

At 20 – 38 since the All Star Break, as I’ve mentioned before, these articles are getting tougher to write each week. I guess it’s from all the high expectations we had at the beginning of the season, I mean, I survived the 101 loss season of 1982.

Congratulations to the Washington Nationals, the Baltimore Orioles and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, California, USA, Western Hemisphere of the Third Rock from the Sun, for winning their divisions this week.

Maybe next year, Reds, if we get some offense.

Aside from J.J. Hoover, the Reds pitching has been pretty good this season.

Johnny Cueto needs to win his next two starts to become the first Cincinnati pitcher since Danny Jackson in 1988 to win 20 games in a season.

Useless Trivia; the Reds 26 season drought without a 20 game winner is not the longest in baseball, it’s not even the longest in the National League Central. The San Diego Padres and the Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals last had a pitcher win 20 games in 1978, Gaylord Perry for the Padres, and former Red Ross Grimsley won 20 for Montreal. The N.L. Central’s Milwaukee Brewers last 20 game winner was Teddy Higuera in 1986 when the “Brew Crew” was in the American League.

With all the jokes I’ve directed toward the Chicago Cubs and their fans during the nearly two years I’ve written this blog, this sweep of the Reds by the Cubbies was a humiliating embarrassment. It was the first time in Cincinnati history that the Reds scored only one run in a three game series at Wrigley Field.

Question #1: how many World Series have the Yankees won since 1909?

Answer: 27

Question #2: how many World Series have the Reds won since 1909?

Answer: Five.

Question #3: how many World Series have the Cubs won since 1909?

Answer: None.

Sorry, Cubs fans, I just had to go there.

Could be worse; we could be Oakland fans.

Memo to Athletics GM Billy Beane; I guess trading Yoenis Cespedes to Boston wasn’t such a good idea after all.

DUH moment; Monday’s loss officially eliminated the Reds from winning the N.L. Central. Wednesday’s loss clinched a losing season, the first since 2011.

Our prayers are with former Texas manager Ron Washington and his wife during this difficult time in their 42 year marriage.

A few weeks ago I mentioned that Kansas City manager Ned Yost would be my pick for A.L. Manager of the Year, which seemed to be the “kiss of death” since the Royals have struggled the past few weeks. I’m still hoping for K.C. to win the A.L. Central.

With the September surge the Baltimore Orioles have enjoyed, I believe that O’s skipper Buck Showalter may end up winning A.L. Manager of the Year.

I think Washington Nationals field boss Matt Williams will get the N.L. Manager of the Year.

I have no doubt that Billy Hamilton will win N.L. Rookie of the Year, then again I’ve been wrong before.

The Reds are now 22 – 37 in one run games this season. The 37 losses are the worst in Major League baseball. The Reds are tied with the Miami Marlins for most one run games, 59. Unfortunately for us Reds fans, Miami is 35 – 24 in one run games.

With the Boston Red Sox already eliminated, and the New York Yankees five full games out of the last A.L. Wild Card slot, this could be the first postseason without either the Yankees or Red Sox since 1993. The Royals may make the playoffs for the first time since winning the World Championship in 1985.

What a refreshing change.

Have a blessed week. GO REDS!

Dan Howard

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