Monday, October 10, 2016

Checking in on Postseason Prognostications

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by: Jack Ward
Staff Writer

I predicted that Baltimore would beat Toronto in the Wild Card game. Close…but I missed that one when former Red Edwin Encarnarcion hit a walk off in the 11th inning.

I predicted that Boston would beat Cleveland. Not looking good with Cleveland up 2-0 as I write this article.

I predicted that New York would beat the Giants. Wrong again, but again a close call with the Giants hanging on to win 3-0 behind Madison Bumgarner….again…arrghh!!

I did predict the Cubs over the Giants. The Cubs are up 2-0 heading into San Francisco. I so hate the Giants. I hope they lose tonight. I am so tired of hearing about the even year playoff success. I am so tired of Madison Bumgarner dominating in the playoffs. I hope that Jake Arrietta has a great game for the Cubs tonight and puts this thing to bed for Chicago. I don’t especially like the Cubs but I like the Giants even less.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

MLB Week 26 – Ninety Times Two

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by: Dan Howard
Staff Writer

It’s over, finally.

I actually watched the Vice Presidential Debate last night. Best night of sleep I’ve gotten since attending my last postmasters meeting.

A couple of years ago, while shopping at a local retail pharmacy, I saw a compact disk specifically designed to help individuals sleep. I thought it was a recorded postal meeting.

The second straight ninety plus loss season, the first since the 1930’s, has come to a merciful conclusion.

My Redlegs Review contemporary, and dear friend, Jack Ward did his annual season recap in his article, so I won’t be redundant. I’ll just add a few thoughts.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Redlegs Review Podcast: Episode 24

In this edition of the Redlegs Review podcast, Dan Howard and Jack Ward provide some postseason prognostications, as well as discuss the club's decision to bring back Bryan Price for 2017.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Reds Turn the Page and Look Ahead to 2017

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by: Jack Ward
Staff Writer

The 2016 season is history. The Reds gagged away their final game of the season to the Cubs. Raisel Iglesias finally blew a save. He was great all season so this last game was in no way a reflection of the year he had which began as an effective opening game starter to bullpen ace.

The loss in the final gave the Reds a 36-37 record after the All-Star break. This earned Bryan Price a contract renewal. He has next year and an option for 2018. I have no problem with Bryan Price and his whole staff coming back. The Reds are rebuilding and are very close to completing the job. I don’t know how much effect a manager really has on a team anyway. I think the general manger actually has more influence because it’s his job to get the talent on the field. All the manager can do is put the players he has been given in the right place. And then it’s up to the players to perform. A manager’s biggest influence is on the pitching staff. Knowing when to pull a starter and how he handles his bullpen.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Redlegs Review Podcast: Episode 23

In this edition of the Redlegs Review podcast, Jack Ward and Dan Howard discuss the tragedy involving Jose Fernandez, the improvement shown by the Reds in the second half, and the retirement of long-time Dodgers announcer Vin Scully, among other topics.