Sunday, June 28, 2015

MLB WEEK 12 – ERRORS, MUFFS, AND BLUNDERS


by: Dan Howard
Staff Writer

Last week I made a reference to me slowly becoming a Eugenio Suarez fan. Since that time Suarez has forgotten what side of a glove you catch a ball with, leading to three Reds losses, so I officially rescind my fan hood of Eugenio Suarez.

If the Mets Matt Harvey is the “Dark Knight” then Steven Matz is “Superman”.

Matz line for Sunday’s game – 7.2 innings pitched, 2 runs (earned), 5 hits, 3 walks, 6 strikeouts, along with 3 for 3 at the plate and 4 RBI, not a bad big league debut.

Rumor has it the New York Mets are petitioning Major League Baseball to play their remaining 2015 games at Citi Field. After Sunday’s win versus Cincinnati, the Mets are 29 – 11 at home this year. If you’re scoring at home, that’s a .725 win percentage.

The Good; through Friday night the Reds are leading Major League Baseball with 75 stolen bases.

The Bad; Cincinnati has been caught stealing 23 times this year.

The Ugly; you still can’t steal first base.

I don’t know what it is about the Reds and pitchers making their debut against them. A couple of weeks it was the Miami Marlins Justin Nicolino who shut the Reds out 5 – 0. On Sunday it was Steven Matz who looked like Jon Matlack in shutting down Cincinnati.

Useless Trivia; Jon Matlack held the Reds to just two hits in Game 2 of the 1973 National League Championship Series. Mets led 1 – 0 until they scored four runs in the top of the ninth and went on to the 5 – 0 win.

More Useless Trivia; Earning the save in the Mets clinching Game 5 win at Shea Stadium was Tug McGraw, Tim’s dad.

Talk about hot; Todd Frazier is on pace for 53 homers, 47 doubles, 116 RBI and 103 extra-base hits this season. No player in Reds history ever has produced in a season as many as 40 doubles and 40 homers. Not even Adam Dunn.

Only 3 Reds ever produced 40 doubles, 30 HR and 100 RBI (Jay Bruce, Dave Parker, and Frank Robinson). Robinson holds the club record for extra-base hits in a season (92 in 1962).

No Adam Dunn in those stats either.

I’d like to welcome a dear friend of mine to the Redlegs Review family. Jack Ward, who, after 33 ½ years, is retiring from his day job, Postmaster of Inez KY, to devote all his time to write for us. O.K. not really, but he does have a nice sports resume. Ward was a long time play by play voice of the Sheldon Clark High School Cardinals, went to college with Phil Simms at Morehead State, met Reds legends Pete Rose, Dave Bristol, Tony Perez, had lunch with Lou Piniella and Marty Brennaman, plus has broadcast several Kentucky High School State Tournament basketball games. The unfortunate thing is that Jack has a serious man crush on Adam Dunn.

Maybe this Political Correctness stuff is going a wee bit too far. I read where legendary broadcaster Bob Costas is apologizing to Chicago Cubs pitcher Pedro Strop for comments he made as Strop was leaving Saturday’s game against St. Louis. Costas said while Strop was pointing skyward, “Strop is on his way out, pointing toward the heavens. We can only ask, or wonder that he is asking some departed relative for forgiveness for this atrocious performance.” I thought that was hilarious.

Some folks just look for a reason to get their knickers twisted.

75 Years Ago; Thursday July 4, Reds offense explodes, sweeping the Pittsburgh Pirates 9 – 1 and 3 – 1. The sweep starts Cincinnati on a seven game winning streak. Reds were one full game back when the winning streak began, when the streak ended, on July 13, the Reds were 1.5 games ahead.

40 Years Ago; Friday July 4, 1975; Reds defeat San Diego 7 – 6 at Jack Murphy Stadium. The win begins what would end up as a ten game winning streak. At the streak’s conclusion the Reds would enjoy a commanding 12.5 game lead in the N.L. West.

25 Years Ago; Wednesday July 4, 1990; Unlike the previous two championship teams we’re looking at this season, the Reds lost to the Montreal Expos and “El Presidente” Dennis Martinez 5 – 3 at Olympic Stadium in Montreal. Reds still hold a comfortable eight game lead in the N.L. West.

Have a blessed week. LEARN TO CATCH EUGENIO SUAREZ!!!

Dan Howard

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