Tuesday, May 31, 2016

MLB Week 8 – Gloom and Despair

by: Dan Howard
Staff Writer

“Gloom, despair, and agony on me

Deep, dark depression, excessive misery

If it weren't for bad luck, I'd have no luck at all

Gloom, despair, and agony on me.”

- Buck Owens and Roy Clark from the syndicated television show “Hee Haw”

Pretty much sums up the 2016 Cincinnati Reds season thus far, doesn’t it?

On this week’s podcast, my Redlegs Review contemporary writer and program co-host, Jack Ward, and I discussed an interesting point. Our beloved Reds are currently 19 games out of first place while only winning 17 games. The last Reds team to finish a season with a greater deficit from first place than games won was in 1880. That Reds team won just 21 games (lost 59) and finished 44 games behind the Chicago White Stockings (67 – 17).

The last Major League team to see their deficit from first greater than games won was in 2003 when the Detroit Tigers won just 43 games and finished 47 games behind the division champion Minnesota Twins.

If there is a bright spot to all that futility, three years later the Detroit Tigers made it to the World Series.

If Adam Duvall can keep his strikeouts down, and his batting average around .270, he’ll definitely be a superstar.

The eleven game losing streak, which ended on Saturday, was the fourth such losing streak of nine games or more since the start of the 2015 season.

Add Milwaukee’s Jonathan Lucroy to the ever growing list of Reds killers. In the three games last weekend at Miller Park, Lucroy drove in nine runs, three on Friday, three Saturday, and three Sunday. Talk about consistency.

Useless Trivia, despite the frustration that comes with your favorite team mired in a double digit losing streak, the longest Cincinnati Reds losing streak was 19 games from September 5 through 23, 1914.

The “I Must Be Getting Old Department”; Reds broadcaster Marty Brennaman announced last week that he’ll return for his 44th season in 2017. When Marty started in April 1974, I was ten years old, and in the fourth grade. In case you were wondering, Marty replaced Al Michaels. Yeah, that Al Michaels.

Our prayers are with Thom Brennaman, who will be missing a few games while recovering from, as he called it, “preventive surgery”.

The Washington Nationals, led by petulant man-child Bryce Harper and former Reds Manager Dusty Baker, come to Great American Ball Park this weekend. Did you know that our Reds went 5 – 1 last year against the Gnats.

At the time of this writing, Tuesday afternoon, Cincinnati has won two of their last three games. In the remaining 111 games, should our Reds miraculously win two-thirds of them they’ll win 91 games this season.

I’m also taking Allegra-D. I think the “D” stands for delusional.

Isn’t the NBA Finals due to start this week? I can’t find out anything about it.

40 Years Ago – Monday May 31, 1976; Cincinnati defeats the Houston Astros 4 – 2 in the Astrodome and take a one game lead in the National League West. A lead the Big Red Machine would not relinquish.

Oh well, it’s only 95 days until Ohio State football begins.

Have a blessed week. GO CAVALIERS!!!

Dan Howard

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