Monday, May 11, 2015

MLB Week 5 – Rain, Rain, Go Away

by: Dan Howard
Staff Writer

Barely one month into the 2015 season, our Reds have had two postponements and six rain delays. At least it’s not snow, right Colorado.

Did you see Coors Field this past Sunday? A May storm dumped six inches of snow late Saturday night, yet the grounds crew got the field ready to play Sunday afternoon.

Isn’t it nice to know that baseballs aren’t inflated?

During Monday night’s rain delay, Reds Live aired Jim Day’s interview with Pete Rose. If you’re a baseball fan, you have to watch it.

My kids think Pete Rose and I are related. His opinion about hitting and mine are similar. See the ball and hit the ball. Not talkin’ rocket surgery here.

Useless Trivia; during the interview, Rose made a reference to the term “Punch and Judy Hitter”. That means a hitter who has little power. Punch and Judy are puppets which date to the sixteenth century.

I’ve always said, and have written it on this blog many times, if you want to beat “the shift” defenses put on Jay Bruce, then hit the ball to the opposite field. Rose said that teams never shifted on Johnny Bench and Tony Perez because they knew how to hit the other way.

If defenses shifted on Pete Rose, he would have collected 6000 hits.

Monday night was also the Hit King’s debut on Fox Sports 1’s MLB Whiparound.

I must really be bored. I found Todd Frazier’s comparison of fast food restaurants French fries very interesting. But no fry comparison is complete unless you include Arby’s Curly Fries. I guess Arby’s wasn’t on the way to the ballpark.

Now potato wedges are a different story, the best I’ve ever ate, aside from the one’s my wife makes, are at Lenore Chevron, Route 65 and Main St. Lenore W.V.

This past Saturday something happened that may have been a first. The Washington Wizards beat the Atlanta Hawks in game 3 of their playoff series on a last second shot by Paul Pierce. A few minutes later the Washington Nationals beat the Atlanta Braves on a walk off homer from Babe Ruth Jr. a.k.a. Bryce Harper.

More Useless Trivia; Both Bryce Harper and Paul Pierce wear the number 34.

For a moment on Saturday, I thought the Reds offense had awaken, then they played game 2. And Sunday.

One - third of Cincinnati’s wins this season are against Pittsburgh.

The Reds are 5 – 1 versus the Pirates this year, 10 – 15 against everyone else.

Shockingly, Cincinnati has designated Kevin Gregg for assignment.

Surprisingly, the Reds bullpen has the highest E.R.A. in the National League.

Have the St. Louis Cardinals lost yet?

75 Years Ago; the Reds finish a six win one loss week with a doubleheader sweep versus the St. Louis Cardinals to run their record to 15 – 4, a full game ahead in the National League.

40 Years Ago; Saturday May 3, Sparky Anderson made the move that dramatically changed the Reds season. Anderson moved Pete Rose from left field to third base to make way for George Foster. “Yahtzee” would go on to win N.L. M.V.P. in 1977 and lead the National League in R.B.I.’s from 1976 – 1978.

25 Years Ago; a 5 – 4 extra inning win over Pittsburgh gives the Reds their best thirty game start in club history, aside from 1869, 23 wins 7 losses. Reds enjoy a commanding 8.5 game lead in the National League West.

Note; the 1970 Reds won 22 of their first 30 games.

Have a blessed week. GO REDS!!!

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