Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Reds Showing A Resurgence as Summer Heats Up

by: Jack Ward
Staff Writer

The Reds have won 7 out of their last 11 games. The young pitchers have fared pretty well lately. Anthony Desclafani was outstanding in his first start back from injury. Dan Straily is turning out to be the Reds most consistent pitcher and maybe the most consistent in the National League whose name is not Clayton Kershaw and Jake Arrietta (who has proven to be human lately.) And Brandon Finnegan has been very good of late.

Hitters Jay Bruce and Adam Duvall have carried the Reds lately. Bruce is second in the National League with 49 RBI’s. I don’t know if Jay has ever been this close to the top of the RBI race this late in the season. That is good and that is bad. The good is that Jay is a personal favorite of mine. I want him to do well. And I think he is highly underrated as a player. But on the flip side this means he will be very attractive to contending teams before the trade deadline. I don’t see any chance of the Reds hanging on to Jay Bruce this time. He is still young at 29 and I think his best two or three years are ahead of him.

Adam Duvall has been red hot since May 1st. He hit 11 home runs in May and has hit 5 so far in June. Jay Bruce and Adam Duvall have driven in 16 and 15 runs respectively this month alone!

Joey Votto is turning it around. Joey is hitting .326 in June, with a .491 on base percentage and a 1.073 OPS. Eugenio Suarez is hitting .267 in June with 3 home runs and 7 RBI’s. Billy Hamilton is hitting .417 in June! But right now he is on the 7 day concussion list since Friday, June 10th. He should be back Saturday.

To win you have to hit decently and you have to pitch. Both the bullpen and the starters have to do the job to win. And in June the Reds are hitting and pitching. Pretty simple isn’t it? The Reds are gaining in confidence each game. Winning builds confidence. Having success in anything builds trust that you are doing the right things to bring positive outcomes.

I don’t want to see the Reds have the worst record in baseball or be in last place in the Central division. I want the Reds to win every game by ten runs! I don’t like it when they lose no matter where they are in the standings. In saying that it must be awful for the fans of Atlanta and Minnesota. These are two franchises that have proud recent pasts. Their fan bases must be agonizing over this season. The Braves are really bad. They don’t have any real stars aside from Freddie Freeman and Nick Markakis. The Twins have some good players. Dozier, Mauer, Miguel Sano and some other good young players.

How do teams get this bad? Bad trades, injuries, bad drafts, and bad breaks. Every franchise seems to go through it. Even the Dodgers and Yankees have had their lean years. Some are lovable losers. The Cubs haven’t won since 1908. I don’t want the Reds to turn into lovable losers. The Reds went through 2000-2009 with losing each year. They were not horrible during that stretch as they won between 74 and 80 games each season, but they were just not good at all.

I am eternally optimistic in life and in baseball. If your team is not doing well you can root for individuals. I’m rooting for the Reds individual players to get great stats like Adam Duvall for instance. I’m rooting for him to hit 35 home runs and drive in 100 runs. That’s the beauty of baseball as it’s not only team standings but individual statistics are very interesting.

Until next time,

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