Monday, August 17, 2015

WEEK 19 – WEST COAST WOES


by: Dan Howard
Staff Writer

Another year, another 3 – 7 West Coast road trip.

If I was the baseball commissioner, I’d start all West Coast games at 5pm local time. I’d also start Sunday Night Baseball games at 7pm eastern time. Come to think of it, I’d play weekend World Series games in the daytime.

All this got me thinking, if I lived in Hawaii, Cincinnati’s home night games would start at 1pm, their Business Day Specials would begin at 6:30am.

Thank God Ohio State football begins in three weeks, that’ll take my mind off this Reds season of futility.

I must admit, this horrible season makes it very hard to write these articles.

Rumor has it that the Reds will send scouts to Williamsport, Pennsylvania this week to the Little League World Series looking to sign pitchers who’ll start in September.

I believe in playing young talent, but when you delay the game because your starting pitcher needs a bottle and a diaper change may be going a bit too far.

Speaking of Little League, there were some pretty good Regional tournament games last week. I was really impressed with Hawaii’s comeback against California. Hawaii trailed 12 – 4 heading to the islanders final at bat. Hawaii managed to score six runs with two outs and had the final out in a rundown between third and home with their tying run on second.

I’m rooting for the kids from Bowling Green, Kentucky to win it all. Bowling Green is one of my favorite Kentucky cities.

In 1972 the Miami Dolphins had the “No Name Defense”, forty three years later the Cincinnati Reds have the “No Name Pitching Staff”.

In all seriousness, despite their youthfulness, Cincinnati’s starting pitching has been pretty good. Unfortunately, the offense sucks.

Useless Trivia; In the last 18 games since July 29, the Reds’ team ERA of 3.54 (152.1 innings, 60 earned runs allowed) is the fourth-best in the National League and seventh-best in the Major Leagues behind Toronto 2.08, St. Louis 2.36, Cubs 2.60, Cleveland 2.83, New York Mets 2.96, and Houston 3.03.

More Useless Trivia; last season was the first time since 1961 the Reds never played a team from Houston.

I really think that Bryan Price may be in his final weeks as Reds manager.

I saw where New York Yankees pitcher C.C. Sabathia was involved in a verbal altercation at a Toronto nightclub this past weekend. My question is why was Sabathia there? I mean Toronto hates anything Yankees, and Sabathia’s off the field presence was like waving a red sheet in front of a bull. Use a little common sense, Sabathia.

Our prayers go out to Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell who begins chemotherapy treatment this week.

75 Years Ago; Tuesday August 20, 1940; trailing the New York Giants 2 – 0 at Crosley Field, Cincinnati rallies to score three runs, two on a walk off single by Frank McCormick, to earn win number 70 on the season. The Reds remain in first place 5.5 games over the Brooklyn Dodgers.

40 Years Ago; Monday August 18, 1975; Reds begin a ten game road trip with a 3 – 2 win at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. The win was their ninth straight to run the season record to 83 – 39, a .680 win percentage. Unfortunately, the road trip wasn’t so kind, it took three straight wins at Chicago for Cincinnati to finish the trip 5 – 5. Reds National League West lead increased to 17.5 games over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

25 Years Ago; Wednesday August 22, 1990; Jose Rijo pitches a complete game to lead Cincinnati past the Chicago Cubs 4 – 1 at Riverfront Stadium. Rijo allowed five hits and struck out four. Cubs losing pitcher was Jeff Pico, the Reds current pitching coach. Win was Reds 70th of the season along with a 6.5 game lead in the N.L. West.

Have a blessed week. GO BOWLING GREEN KY LITTLE LEAGUE!

Dan Howard

Photo Credit: Kelvin Kuo of USA Today

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