Wednesday, July 26, 2017

MLB Week 16 - 0.167



By Dan Howard
Staff Writer




What an unusual way to begin an article. What does 0.167 mean? It’s the Reds winning percentage since the All-Star Break.

Two wins in twelve games. I don’t know any self-respecting Cincinnati Reds fan that is happy about that.

The Reds are saying they’re rebuilding, I can agree with that to a point. However, Zack Cozart and Scooter Gennett are having career years. Joey Votto has struggled a bit since the Midsummer Classic, but his average is still hovering around .300. Adam Duvall and Scott Schebler seem to have developed into pure power hitters. Eugenio Suarez, Billy Hamilton, and Tucker Barnhart are becoming defensive assets. In my humble opinion, this team is already built.

The problem, of course, is pitching.

Somewhere, buried deep in the archives of this website, is an article touting the greatness Bryan Price has with pitchers. The December 2012 article was called, “Is Bryan Price the Best Pitching Coach in Baseball”.

Four years as manager and with the Reds teetering on their third straight ninety loss season, I think we all know the answer to that question.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

MLB Weeks 14 & 15 - The Long and the Short of It



By Dan Howard
Staff Writer



Nice to see that Yankees superstar Aaron Judge took the time to visit with a Houston little leaguer prior to the All-Star break.

Did I mention that I hate losing to the American League?

When I was a child, there were three certainties; 1) You had to pay taxes, 2) You were going to die eventually, and 3) The National League will win the All-Star Game.

Useless Trivia; from 1960 to 1987 the National League won 26 of 31 games (with one tie). Since 1988 the American League has rebounded to win 23 of the last 30 games (also including a tie in 2002). At 43 wins apiece, this marks the first time since 1964 that both leagues are tied in wins.

It looks like Bobby Abreu Syndrome has befallen on another Home Run Derby Champion, Aaron Judge, who is a scintillating one for twenty-one since his dominant victory at the Derby.

The Long of It; Reds Homer Bailey looked like he may have figured it out in his wins at Coors Field against Colorado, and his impressive performance in Phoenix against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Short of It; in Bailey’s two starts against the Nationals, Washington has scored a combined thirty-two runs.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

MLB Week 13 - Slightly Better




By Dan Howard
Staff Writer



Although our Reds won four of seven games last week, I still stand by the comments I made in last week’s article. This team will continue to mire in obscurity as long as Bryan Price remains manager. I can’t believe any self-respecting Cincinnati Reds fan young or old can think a fourth straight losing season including a potential third straight last place finish as acceptable by any stretch of the imagination.

As I approach the beginning of my fifty fourth year on this third rock from the sun, I’ve been taught many things by many people. One such lesson was delivered by Hall of Fame Reds radio broadcaster Marty Brennaman, who, a few years ago, when former team owner Carl Lindner sympathetically heard the cries of the Reds faithful, including me, and gave an aging Barry Larkin a contract extension instead of trading him. Brennaman said, during a game, that the Reds needed pitching, and although he understood the outcry of the fans to keep Larkin, we fans need to understand that baseball is a business, and if this team was going to succeed then the money used to tie up Larkin would have been better put to use in acquiring a much needed quality pitcher. The result was nine straight losing seasons from 2001 to 2009.

Lesson learned.