Monday, May 25, 2015

MLB WEEK 7 – THE LONG SUMMER

Photo Credit: USA Today

by: Dan Howard
Staff Writer

Uh, can we go back to April 6 and start this season over again?

Good News; the Reds are 5 – 1 against Pittsburgh this season.

Bad News; the Reds are 13 – 25 against everyone else.

Geez, nine game losing streaks are depressing, aren’t they?

Our beloved Reds are closer to the last place Brewers than the first place Cardinals this season. Then again, Milwaukee was expected to be bad this year.

There comes a time when changes need to be made. How much longer will Cincinnati’s ownership continue with manager Bryan Price? The largest payroll in club history, nine game losing streak, ten and a half games out of first, no leadoff hitter, no consistent starting pitching, and the relief pitching is a joke, and it’s only Memorial Day.

I know, I know, divisions aren’t won on Memorial Day, but they can be lost.

The 2015 Cincinnati Reds look similar to the 1982 Reds that lost 101 games. In fact after 44 games BOTH teams have identical 18 – 26 records.

Useless Trivia; Current Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle was a member of the 1982 Reds. Mario Soto was clearly the best pitcher in the rotation. Soto was 14 – 13, posted a 2.79 ERA and struck out 274.

Look for a completely different team come August 1. I believe Johnny Cueto, Jay Bruce, Brandon Phillips, and Joey Votto, will be on other teams by the trade deadline.

I know injuries cannot be helped, but has Homer Bailey earned his 106 million dollar salary?

Speaking of injuries, I really appreciate Devin Mesoraco’s grit for playing through a hip injury. Devin just take it easy, hopefully we’ll see you later this season or 2016.

Curmudgeon Alert; Aside from Joey Votto, I do not see any member of the Reds earning my All Star vote.

Eternal Optimist; maybe the Reds will turn this season around.

The Pessimist; I just don’t see it happening.

I’ll gladly apologize in October if the Reds make the playoffs.

Oh well, it won’t be long until the defending National Champions Ohio State Buckeyes travel to Blacksburg Virginia to open the 2015 football season at Virginia Tech on Labor Day, Sept. 7.

75 Years Ago; May 30, Cincinnati completed May 1940 with a doubleheader sweep of the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field to run their record to 25 – 10, and a full two game lead over the Brooklyn Dodgers.

40 Years Ago; May 31, Don Gullett pitches a complete game four hitter as the Reds shut out the St. Louis Cardinals 6 – 0. Ken Griffey Sr. and George Foster collect three hits each. Cincinnati finishes the month of May winning 10 of 12 to post a won/loss record of 28 – 21. Reds trail the first place Los Angeles Dodgers by 1.5 games in the N.L. West.

25 Years Ago; May 31, Reds drop a ten inning 2 – 1 decision to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first of a four games series at Chavez Ravine. Cincinnati still enjoyed an eight game lead in the N.L. West.

To all our Veterans, a heartfelt thank you for your service, may God bless you all.

Have a blessed week. Try to GO, REDS!!!

Dan Howard

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