Wednesday, May 24, 2017

MLB Week 6 - Going Down

By Dan Howard
Staff Writer

Last week we were touting the highs of the Reds success, this week a totally different story.

Sure, it got off to a decent start, splitting the series with those “Darned” Yankees. That was a great catch by Eugenio Suarez leading to the double play that ended Tuesday’s 5 – 3 win versus New York. Then there was the 3 – 2 win Thursday in the first of four at San Francisco.

Then someone pulled the plug.

Did any of you stay up to see the end of Friday night’s/Saturday morning’s seventeen inning marathon, ended by Buster Posey’s walk off homer. Neither did I. Blame that on being fifty-three years old. Sleep is a wonderful thing.

It was nice to see Johnny Cueto in his usual dominance last Friday. Eight innings pitched, two earned runs, and six strikeouts. Kinda made it worth letting him go in lieu of our one hundred six-million-dollar man Homer Bailey.

Have we missed any of Homer Bailey’s starts this year? No, in fact, Bailey hasn’t pitched since August 28, 2016 at Arizona.

In defense of Homer Bailey, he may be a consequential victim of circumstance. Let me explain; growing up in La Grange, Texas, Bailey was a talented pitcher, possibly considered a “can’t miss” prospect. It’s possible he was overworked in Little League, middle school, and high school. In some cases, if a team has an ace pitcher, some unscrupulous coaches will overwork their best pitchers to win games. Hopefully that wasn’t the case with Bailey, but with him having not pitched for the better part of three seasons does makes me wonder.

Former Los Angeles Dodgers closer, Dr. Mike Marshall, has an outstanding conditioning program for youth baseball pitchers.

Useless Trivia; During the 1974 season, Mike Marshall pitched in a Major-League Baseball record 106 games.

Many years ago, while listening to the Bill Cunningham Show on WLW radio, one of his guests was an orthopedic surgeon, I can’t remember his name, who explained that the human arm and shoulder was not designed to throw a baseball in the ninety mile an hour range so common today. He said that if it were not for the muscle structure which slows the arm after the pitch, the arm would spin approximately twenty times due to the torque used to throw the ball. He also mentioned that the proper way to throw the ball is underhanded, or, as the old timers called it, the submarine style. Former Pirates/Reds reliever Kent Tekulve is quite possibly the last pitcher to consistently throw in that style.

Have you ever heard of rotator cuff problems with fast pitch softball pitchers? Do you know any of them having Tommy John surgery?

And so it goes. Have a blessed week.

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