Thursday, June 16, 2016

MLB Week 10 – Turning the Corner?

by: Dan Howard
Staff Writer

Could it really be happening? Have the 2016 Reds figured it out? Ten wins in their last fifteen games is something none of us expected. The offense is clicking, the starting pitching has improved, the defense is looking good, and the bullpen still needs prayer. Maybe this team has finally turned the corner.

Again, as I mentioned during our weekly podcast, if this year’s team wins 77 games, the most wins during the three-year reign of Bryan Price, I’ll apologize for asking for his dismissal. Unless the Reds fire him first.

It looks like Jay Bruce will be playing for another team by August 1. Rumor has it the Chicago White Sox are very interested.

Remember, baseball is a business. Jay Bruce is enjoying the best season as a Red, however, Cincinnati needs to free up some cash, trading Bruce will do that.

Except for Joey Votto, our beloved Reds may look like a Double-A team come August 1.

How the 106 million dollars paid to Homer Bailey working out?

Billy Hamilton, who’s been on the seven-day concussion disabled list, may be back this Thursday.

With apologies to Ichiro Suzuki, Pete Rose is STILL the Hit King. If Ichiro amassed 4257 hits while a Major League player, then he would the rightful hit king. With due respects to the Nippon Professional Baseball Organization, it ain’t the Majors.

However, Ichiro is a future Hall of Famer.

Useless Trivia; at the time of this post, June 15, Ichiro had 1278 hits during his career in Japan, and 2979 hits in fifteen years as a Major Leaguer.

Since the 1972 World Series, Cincinnati is 12 – 11 against Oakland, 7 – 3 in their last ten games versus the A’s.

By contrast, the Reds are 442 – 399 against the Houston Astros.

Thursday afternoon’s Reds/Braves game will be the last time Cincinnati will play at Turner Field. The Braves will move to SunTrust Park next season. Through Tuesday, June 14, Cincinnati sports a 29 – 40 record at Captain Ted Turner’s Playhouse.

More Useless Trivia; media mogul and Atlanta Braves owner Ted Turner once skippered the yacht “Courageous” to the 1977 America’s Cup. Turner was inducted into the National Sailing Hall of Fame in 2011.

40 Years Ago; Tuesday June 15, 1976, George Foster goes 3 for 5 to raise his batting average to .341 as the Reds score three runs in the bottom of the eighth to defeat the Chicago Cubs 6 – 4 at Riverfront Stadium. The win put Cincinnati a full four games up in the National League West.

In case you were wondering, and I’m sure you weren’t, for the 35th straight year I didn’t get picked in the MLB draft.

A few years ago a scout told me I’d get drafted when the Cubs win the World Series. I’ll be expecting his call next year.

Have a blessed week.

Dan Howard

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