Monday, July 11, 2016

All-Star Game Notes and Looking Ahead to Second Half

Jay Bruce taking BP.JPG

by: Jack Ward
Staff Writer

The Reds have two players in the 2016 All Star game now. First, Adam Duvall and then Jay Bruce was added last week as a replacement for Dexter Fowler. Congrats to Jay for his third All Star selection.

The Reds limp into the All Star break by being swept by the Marlins to reach the break with a record of 32-57. Interesting the Reds started the season with a three game sweep over the Phillies and they come to the All Star break getting swept three games by the Marlins. The Reds had so much going for them after that first week in April. They started the season 5-1. But reality set in and the Reds have gone 27-56 since.

After the All Star game, the Reds have a great opportunity to get the second half off to a good start as they play the Brewers, Braves and Diamondbacks in a nine game home stand. Two last place teams and a next to last team in the Brewers. Then they travel to San Fran for three and wrap up the month in San Diego.

About the All Star game, I know I’m beating a dead horse here but I don’t think it’s fair to have this game decide home field advantage for the World Series when some players won’t be throwing in the game when they pitch on Sunday. Madison Bumgarner may be the National League's best pitcher, was on the mound Sunday for the Giants and won’t be available. Let the best record decide home field like every other major sport for goodness sake!

Congratulations to former Red Johnny Cueto, who definitely will be pitching in the All Star game, as he has been named the starter for the National League. It’s been quite a year for Cueto. Since his July trade to the Royals he has made the playoffs, pitched a complete game shutout in the World Series, has a world championship, a huge contract from the Giants, a 13-1 start for 2016 and now starter in the All-Star game. Can’t be bad being Johnny Cueto right now.

It will be an all Cubs infield for the National League. It’s the first time that’s happened since the 1976 Cincinnati Reds. Who were the Reds starting infield in 1976? Tony Perez at first, Joe Morgan at 2nd, Dave Concepcion at shortstop and Pete Rose at 3rd. Oh for the good old days again.

Amir Garrett was impressive in the Futures Game on Sunday. Showing a great fastball and good command. It shouldn’t be long until he is with the big club. But remember that the Reds have a tendency to keep players in the minors a little longer than most teams. But it sure hasn’t gone well for Cody Reed. He was better Sunday against the Marlins. Remember that except for one bad outing he was great in spring training. My question is why didn’t the Reds bring him north after spring training while he was confident he could get big league hitters out? What good did it do to let him pitch in Louisville all season if he was ready in April? When is Robert Stephenson going to come up again? Why waste him in Louisville? I know there are options and it’s a business. But what about the fan who pays his hard earned money? What about a product on the field for the fans? These questions I am hoping to have answers to before the season ends.

Until next time,

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