Saturday, April 15, 2017

MLB Week 1 – Who’d Thunk It?

by: Dan Howard
Staff Writer

Nine games into the 2017 season and the best team in baseball is… (drumroll please) our Cincinnati Reds.

At 7 – 2 the Reds are off to their best start since the World Championship season of 1990.

The optimistic twelve-year-old living inside me believes the Reds can win it all this year. The fifty-three-year-old working class stiff that I am knows the bubble is bursting soon, but let’s enjoy it while it lasts. Remember this is the youngest team in the majors.

Second Coming of the Nasty Boys? After the first ten games of this season Cincinnati is second in the National League in Earned Run Average – 2.73, lowest ERA after the first ten games since 2.63 in 1990.
Look, I know I’ve been very critical of manager Bryan Price, but let’s give credit where it’s due. Last year he boldly proclaimed that he handpicked the pitching staff, and it failed miserably. He did the same this year and he looks like a genius.

I guess nobody told Amir Garrett that he should be intimidated by National League hitters.

Garrett’s twelve inning scoreless streak ties the second longest streak by a Reds rookie pitcher. Billy Rhines has twelve scoreless innings back in ’90 – 1890. Reds rookie Wayne Simpson began his career by tossing fifteen scoreless innings in 1970.

Do the Reds miss Dan Straily? Do you?

Monday night the Reds relief corps of Michael Lorenzen, Cody Reed and Wandy Peralta combined to retire 21 straight Pittsburgh hitters. It was the second time in two seasons relievers pitched seven perfect innings. Last May 30th Cubs relievers retired 21 straight Dodger hitters in Chicago’s 2 – 0 win. Before that game, the last time the feat occurred was on June 23, 1917 when Ernie Shore retire twenty-six straight batters in relief of Babe Ruth, yeah that one.

Maybe Bryan Price should try to find a place to put Michael Lorenzen in the lineup so he can hit every day.

I expected Zack Cozart to be traded during the off season. I’m glad they haven’t…...yet.

I really believe that if our Reds are struggling by the trade deadline, this team could resemble a Double A team on August 1.

Although he has a .286 batting average, Reds left fielder Adam Duvall has more strikeouts, 13, than hits, 12.

Brandon Finnegan also has 13 strikeouts, as a pitcher.

It looks like Joey Votto is off to his obligatory slow start. Expect him to warm up around June 1.

Please keep former Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals outfielder and Hall of Famer Lou Brock in your prayers. Brock, who, in October 2015, had his left leg was amputated at the knee due to complications from diabetes, announced on April 13, that he has bone cancer.

Have a blessed week. GO BLUE JACKETS!!!

Dan Howard

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