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.

To be fair, Price hasn’t had the horses he had during that 2012 season, with Johnny Cueto, Mat Latos, Homer Bailey, Bronson Arroyo, Mike Leake, and a very young closer, Aroldis Chapman. This may not be much of a statement, but that was undoubtedly Cincinnati’s best pitching rotation since 1990. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t believe any of those pitchers ever missed a start in the 2012 season.

 Is it remotely possible that anyone could have coached the 2012 Reds pitching staff?

Maybe if Price didn’t have the pressures of being the manager, and take the time necessary to develop the young corral of Reds arms. Who knows?

Blame it on the perpetual twelve-year-old living inside me, but I firmly believe that with the right people at the reigns, this Reds team could compete for the playoffs next season.

You can stop laughing now.

Useless Trivia; did you know that the Reds have never made the postseason in any year that ends in a four, seven or eight. It’s true. Here’s a breakdown;

0 – 1940, 1970, 1990, 2010
1 – 1961
2 – 1972, 2012
3 – 1973, 2013
4 – None
5 – 1975, 1995
6 – 1976
7 – None
8 – None
9 – 1919, 1939, 1979

Ah, the beauty of simplicity. Have a blessed week.



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