Tuesday, June 27, 2017

MLB Week 12 - Meh

By Dan Howard
Staff Writer

It’s happened. After nearly fifty years of loyal Reds support, it’s happened.
The 101 losses the 1982 Reds suffered didn’t do it. The nine straight losing seasons from 2001 to 2009 didn’t do it. Blowing a two games to none lead to the San Francisco Giants in the National League Division Series in 2012 didn’t do it, although I don’t believe the Reds nor the city of Cincinnati have recovered from it.

But this year’s Reds have succeeded where others failed. On the brink of a fourth straight losing season, they’ve made me completely and totally indifferent.
Gagging a three-run lead Friday night was bad enough but Saturday’s complete meltdown was the straw that broke the camel’s back. An 18 to 3 bludgeoning at the hands of the Washington Nationals was a complete embarrassment for all Reds fans. Sure, it marked the return of the one hundred six-million-dollar man Homer Bailey, who did little more than pitch batting practice to the boys from our nation’s capital. Bailey’s line one and two thirds innings pitched eight runs all earned which calculates into a 43.20 earned run average.

He’ll probably pitch a perfect game in his next start.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

MLB Week 11 - Had Enough Yet?

By Dan Howard
Staff Writer

This is starting to get sickening.
Since the Reds were 19 – 15 back on May 10, they’ve lost twenty-four of their last thirty-five games, including two rounds of losing at least seven straight games.


Maybe Bryan Price knows things on Dick Williams and Bob Castellini. Can you think of a better reason Price hasn’t been fired yet?
Bronson Arroyo injured his elbow during Sunday’s ninth straight loss. I’m surprised it wasn’t his neck getting strained watching all the home runs he’s given up this year.

And I’m a Bronson Arroyo fan.
In all seriousness, Arroyo is like a second pitching coach on the Reds staff.

Maybe that explains it.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

MLB Week 10 - No Consistency

                                                                                (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

By Dan Howard
Staff Writer

Last week, we thought the Reds may have turned the corner and figured this thing out by doing something that hadn’t been done in fourteen years, sweep the St. Louis Cardinals in a four-game series. Cincinnati swept the Cardinals on May 5 through 8, 2003, the first season at Great American Ball Park.

For years it seemed our Reds cowered in fear while facing the Cardinals, to the point that, on August 4, 2013, I wrote a very controversial article, called “Cincinnati Yellows” describing the way Cincinnati seemingly wilted against St. Louis. You can find the article in the archives section of this website.

Useless Trivia; the last time St. Louis swept our Reds in a four-game series at Cincinnati was from July 8 (Doubleheader) – 10, 1949. At Crosley Field.

Then came the dreaded West Coast Road Trip.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

MLB Week 9 - The Reds are Playing Like....

By Dan Howard
Staff Writer

Stool, guava, dung, $&!#, poop. Any way you describe it, our Reds are playing that way.

Last week I wrote about the streakiness of this season, then last week Cincinnati goes out and promptly lays a, uh, egg.

Had it not been for Devin Mesoraco’s walk off homer in the tenth inning last Friday, the Reds would have been winless last week.

Mesoraco has a thing about hitting walk off homers versus Atlanta. Remember the blast he hit off Craig Kimbrel a few years ago.

I’m writing this while standing because my butt is still sore from the 17 – 2 beat down last Monday at the hands of the merciless Toronto Blue Jays.