Tuesday, May 10, 2016

MLB Week 5 – Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory

by: Dan Howard
Staff Writer

So much for getting fat with victories against the woefully inept Milwaukee Brewers.

Yes, the two wins were nice, especially Friday night’s victory that ended the Reds bullpen streak of 23 straight games allowing at least one run. The scoreless bullpen streak ended at one game, however, as the Reds relievers returned to their old ways Saturday giving up eleven runs including a seven spot in the Milwaukee tenth inning.

J.J. Hoover shouldn’t be the only pitcher sent down to Triple A Louisville.

As I said in last week’s Redlegs Review podcast, Bryan Price must go.

If, by some miracle Price turns this season around, I will sincerely apologize for my comments, both on this website and on our weekly podcast.

Even if the Reds win 78 games this season, I’ll apologize, but don’t look for it.

Boy do I wish the Reds had Cincinnati native Josh Harrison. I love his approach to the game and I appreciate his hustle.

For what it’s worth, I think Adam Duvall is becoming a star player.

With a .340 batting average, Zack Cozart is tied for seventh in the National League in hitting, along with the Cubs Dexter Fowler.

The next Cincinnati player in the top fifty in hitting is Brandon Phillips at 36.

Cozart hit his sixth career leadoff home run in the first inning of Monday night’s game against Pittsburgh. He’s tied for fourth place in Reds history with Shin Soo-Choo and Chris Sabo.

Brandon Finnegan is tied for first among pitchers hitting. His five hits this season has tied him with Pittsburgh’s Francisco Liriano, Washington’s Max Scherzer, and Arizona’s Patrick Corbin.

Surprisingly, there are no Cincinnati Reds pitchers in the league’s top 10.

Speaking of the Chicago Cubs, they’re on pace to win 130 games this season. Seems like I’ve mentioned that once before this season.

Useless Trivia; the 1984 Detroit Tigers (26 – 4) and the 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers (25 – 5) are the only teams in baseball’s modern era (post 1900) to have a better start after 30 games than the Chicago Cubs. Both teams won the World Series. The Dodgers finished the 1955 season with a record of 98 – 55, the Tigers went 104 – 58 in 1984. Ironically enough the Dodgers fifth loss in their thirtieth game was an 11 – 4 defeat at Crosley Field against Cincinnati.

Cincinnati’s best start after 30 games was 23 – 7, during the World Championship season of 1990.

More Useless Trivia; the manager of the 1984 Detroit Tigers was former Reds Manager Sparky Anderson. Anderson enacted a certain amount of revenge in the 1984 World Series by defeating the San Diego Padres, managed by Dick Williams. In 1972 the Dick Williams managed Oakland A’s defeated Anderson’s led Cincinnati Reds in the World Series.

Has Billy Hamilton finally figured out how the Reds want him to hit? We’ll see.

Want to know how to beat the Washington Nationals? Walk Bryce Harper.

40 Years Ago; Saturday May 15, 1976, Reds pitcher Santo Alcala out pitches future Hall of Famer Tom Seaver as Cincinnati defeats the New York Mets 2 – 0. Alcala pitched a four hit complete game while striking out nine to lead the Reds to their 18th win of 1976.

Have a blessed week. GO REDS!!!!!

Dan Howard

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