Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Riggins Gone, Others May Follow as Deadline Nears


by: Jack Ward
Staff Writer

The Reds made a big move on Sunday. They fired the pitching coach! Wow! Really? Is that all you can do is fire a guy who had nothing to work with? The Reds pitching has been depleted with injuries and inexperience. Maybe Mark Riggins was fired because veterans JJ Hoover and _______performed badly. Maybe he was fired because the pitching was last in just about every category. But what did you expect from this staff of young pitchers? I’m all for change if it helps the problem. But I don’t know how much this is going to help. As Hal McCoy said “Mark wore out I don’t know how many pairs of shoes going back and forth from the mound this year.” It’s sad for Mark and his family, but I read that the Reds are going to keep him employed within the organization. That is a class move on their part.

Trading deadline in July 31st. The All Star Break is coming up next week. It should be interesting to see what the Reds do if anything. I hope that they keep Jay Bruce and Zack Cozart. But they are at the head of all the trade rumors. I know Jay Bruce has got to be sick of all this. I read where Jay, who has some teams on his no-trade list, is willing to consider all possibilities now. I hope that Jay goes to a winner and gets to compete for a title. But the best thing for the Reds is that Jay has some very good numbers and the Reds can command a higher price for him. And Jay is relatively cheap. The Reds owe him one more year at 13 million. I would say this time the Jay Bruce will be traded and it will be sad to see him go but we must move on. He is a crowd favorite.

When you are in last place no one is safe from being dealt. The one exception is Joey Votto. It would be tough to move his contract. Which is okay. With Brandon Phillips possibly being dealt also the Reds need to keep at least one star and fan favorite. Adam Duvall is becoming a huge fan favorite himself with his huge first half. The Reds will have options with him for a few years and I don’t see him being traded.

The Reds have given up 147 home runs through 84 games. That’s a pace to give up a major league record 282 home runs! That is incredible! The major league record for home runs allowed in a season by a team is held by the 1996 Detroit Tigers. They gave up 241 home runs. The National League record is 239 by the 2001 Colorado Rockies. The Reds should have that record up by the end of August. They will not only break it but they will put it out of reach for anyone else for along time!

Kuddo’s to the Chicago Cubs for as Marty Brennaman once said “The Cubs will find a way to screw up a good thing.” The Cubs after starting the season 46-20 and looking invincible are just 6-10 since then. But if it weren’t for the Reds the Cubs would be a lot worse. They have beaten the Reds four times during their bad stretch. In fact, the Cubs have beaten the Reds nine out of ten this season. The Cubs are 52-30 overall. But without the Reds they are only a very good but not great 43-29. Marty may be right.

Until next time,

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