Thursday, April 21, 2016

MLB Week 2 - Same Stuff, Different Year


by: Dan Howard
Staff Writer

That giant thud you heard on Sunday was our Reds returning to Earth.

Isn’t baseball a fickle game, last week we’re talking about how Cincinnati was two pitches from a 7 – 0 start, their best since 1990. Today, after the beatdowns administered by Chicago and St. Louis, we’re wondering if the Reds will be battling for last place in the National League Central.

This season, the same as the last two, the story remains the same, repeated bullpen meltdowns costing Cincinnati wins.

How is J.J. Hoover like a vacuum cleaner? They both suck.

What a difference a year makes. Last year Hoover was 8 – 2 with an E.R.A. of 2.94, two weeks into this season Hoover is 0 – 1 with an astronomical E.R.A of 15.19.

For what it’s worth, J.J. Hoover isn’t the only problem with the Reds bullpen this year.

Speaking of story, Colorado’s Trevor Story is for real.

Useless Trivia; Story is the first player since 1900 to hit eight home runs in his first thirteen games. Two others hit seven, Toronto’s Carlos Delgado in 1993/1994 and Pittsburgh’s Dino Restelli in 1949.

I hope you’re enjoying our weekly Redlegs Review Podcast. We record them every Tuesday evening for upload on Wednesday.

In our desire to bring you an entertaining half hour of Reds baseball discussion, we, namely me, make occasional mistakes. Like the one in last week's, April 12 broadcast, I erroneously said Alan Melville played Sam the Butcher on the television show Brady Bunch. It was actually Alan Melvin.

Some inside information on our podcast, I script nearly everything, while Jack Ward, the consummate professional, ad libs.

More Useless Trivia; Dr. Jack Ward, earned a Doctorate of Theology, was a long time play by play announcer for WSIP radio in Paintsville KY, and has anchored several network broadcasts of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association Sweet Sixteen boys state basketball tournament. He somehow managed to spend 33 years as Postmaster of Inez, KY. And they called Cal Ripken “The Iron Man”.

See you on the podcast.

Have a Blessed week. GO REDS.

Dan Howard

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