Monday, June 22, 2015

MLB Week 11 - Open Forum

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by: Dan Howard
Staff Writer

Pretty catchy title for this week, isn’t it?

Were you like me coming into work Monday morning all bleary eyed and tired from watching the conclusion of the U.S. Open? It was great theater.

Jason Day played two rounds of golf with vertigo, what’s your excuse?

Was it me or did the Chambers Bay course make the world’s best golfers look like mere mortals?

And now for something completely different…..

In his last fifteen games Todd Frazier is hitting .375 (24 – 64) with eight doubles, seven homers and 16 RBI. Frazier has hit four of the Reds last five dingers and five of their last seven. Yeah, he’s got my All Star vote.

Useless Trivia; Frazier’s back to back two home run games was the first consecutive multi-homer games for a Reds player since Barry Larkin on June 27 – 28, 1991.

Frazier’s walk off Grand Slam was Reds first since Ramon Santiago on September 27, 2014.

Joey Votto is batting .333 (23 – 69) in his last 20 games. During the streak Votto has five homers, (including his club tying second three homer game), five doubles, a triple and 12 RBI.

I’m slowly becoming a Eugenio Suarez fan.

For Father’s Day, Michael Lorenzen flew his dad in from Anaheim, California for his start Sunday versus the Miami Marlins. Lorenzen didn’t disappoint. With Dad cheering him on, Lorenzen matched his career high by pitching seven innings giving up eight hits, fanning five while walking one. Not to mention adding an RBI single.

I’m in favor of putting Lorenzen in the outfield on days he’s not pitching, I mean that dude is definitely not afraid of hitting.

I think in a few years, Lorenzen won’t need to fly his family to Cincinnati on a commercial airline, he’ll just send his own private jet to pick them up.

Jay Bruce enjoyed his first career five hit game in Wednesday’s extra inning win against Detroit. Bruce along with Brayan Pena four hit game gave the Reds the first two player four hit game since Brandon Phillips, Joey Votto and Scott Rolen all collected four hits at Miller Park on July 27, 2010.

Kiss of Death Department - just a note on the outstanding job J.J. Hoover has done. Look, it gives me great pleasure to admit I was wrong about him. Hoover has a 5 – 0 record, has not given up a run in his last thirteen appearances, and allowed just two unearned runs in 25.2 innings since April 21. If only the rest of the relievers were that consistent.

75 Years Ago – Sunday June 23, 1940; Reds sweep a doubleheader from the New York Giants at the Polo Grounds to run their record to 38 – 20 along with a game and a half lead in the National League.

40 Years Ago – Wednesday June 25, 1975; Reds complete three game sweep of the Atlanta Braves at Fulton County Stadium. Reds record now stands at 45 – 27 with a four game lead in the N.L. West Division.

25 Years Ago – Tuesday June 26, 1990; Reds score on throwing error to defeat San Francisco 3 – 2 in 12 innings and push their record to 45 – 23, a full ten game lead in the N.L. West Division.

Have a blessed week. GO REDS!!!!

Dan Howard

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