Saturday, April 22, 2017

MLB Week 2 - Still the First

Dan Howard
Staff Writer

Memo to MLB – Can the Reds get a do over from the beginning of this recent homestand?

Last week I wrote that I expected the bubble to burst, just not this soon.

Despite the home woes during the Milwaukee series, our beloved Reds are still in first place, barely. It’s been a while that the Reds have been in first place this late in the season.

Did I mention that this is only the second week of the season?

The pitching has been decent, the offense, with a few exceptions, has been lacking.

The Cubs and Cardinals are struggling, anyone weeping over that?

For what it’s worth, I hate the new no pitch intentional walk rule. It hasn’t sped up the game one second this season. In fact, I think games are taking longer now.

With the forthcoming series with the Baltimore Orioles starting Tuesday night, our Reds are 133 – 182 all-time against foes from the American League.

Old Geezer Notes; When Bronson Arroyo had his season debut last Saturday at St. Louis he became the first Reds pitcher to start a game at age 40 since June 8 and 9,1945, when 46-year-old Hod Lisenbee (6/8) and 40-year-old Boom-Boom Beck (6/9) faced the Cubs at Wrigley Field on consecutive days.

Useless Trivia; no pitcher age 38 or older had started for the Reds since Joe Nuxhall in his final start for the club in September 1966, when he was 38 years old.

Any of y’all know anyone named Hod or Boom Boom?

Rumor has it that Milwaukee’s Eric Thames is petitioning Major League Baseball to play the remaining games of this season against Cincinnati.

As I’ve said many times in the past couple of seasons, how’s that 106-million-dollar contract paid to Homer Bailey working out?

The “Thank You for Playing, There’s Lovely Parting Gifts at the Door” award goes to Jesse Winkler. Winkler was called up to play in Saturday’s game against the Brewers and he didn’t disappoint, hitting a double and driving in the go-ahead runs during the Reds 7 – 5 win. After the game, Winkler gets sent back to the minors. Ah, the life of a player with options.

In case you were wondering, Sunday’s game against the Brewers was Bryan Price’s 500th as manager.

And so it goes….

Have a blessed week. GO REDS


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