UNSOLICITED OBSERVATIONS from The Man Cave and I’ve figured it out. If you are watching a Cincinnati Reds game on TV and you are a Reds fans, only watch the first six innings. If you are a fan of the team playing the Reds only watch the eighth and ninth innings. That will make everybody happy.
After what happened to potential free agent pitchers Johnny Cueto and Mike Leake in Philadelphia this week and what has happened to Cueto all year with lack of run support, they would have every right to say, “Get me out of here right now. Trade me.”
Neither, though, is that type of person and for as long as they remain with the Reds they’ll give every ounce of effort they own in their bodies.
Leake took a no-hitter into the eighth inning and had a 4-0 lead heading into the ninth, a one-hitter.
It put manager Bryan Price in a squirmy situation. Does he send Leake back out or does he bring in closer Aroldis Chapman. It is a lose-lose situation for the beleaguered manager and he did the right thing.
Leake had a one-hit shutout and his pitch count wasn’t that high. The correct thing to do was to send him back out with a short leash. And that’s what Price did. When the first two batters hit safely, Price went to Chapman.
Those who look at the negative side say, “He should have permitted Leake to stay in.” No, he shouldn’t — not with baseball’s best closer warmed up in the bullpen. Chapman, though had a rare off night and gave up a sacrifice fly, a walk and a three-run home run and the 4-0 lead was a 4-4 tie and Leake’s got nothing more than a few pats on the back, a no-decision and a big ol’ hang with ‘em.
THE BULLPEN has been battered and bruised all year, but prior to the Philadelphia series it had gone six straight games without giving up a run. Amazingly, against one of the poorest offensive teams in the National League, the bullpen relapsed — seven runs over four innings that led to two losses.
Baseball can be such a perplexing game. Take Todd Frazier for example. He was National League Player of the Week last week when he hit .500 with four homers and four doubles. Then in his first two games in Philadelphia this week, with all his New Jersey friends and relatives in the stands, he went 0 for 11 in the first two games and made two errors in one game.
And he stranded enough runners in those two gamess, as former Reds manager Bob Boone used to say, “To populate a small Vietnam village.”
Frazier, though, wasn’t alone. In Wednesday’s game the Reds were, incredibly, 1 for 20 with runners in scoring position. A two-run single by Brandon Phillips was the only hit. The Reds scored their other two runs on Joey Votto’s two-run home run that came with a runner on first.
BOVADO ODDSMAKER in Las Vegas lists the Cincinnati Reds at 66 to 1 odds to win the World Series. That was before the two giveaway games in Philadlephia this week. Wonder what the odds are now?
DID A TALK AND BOOK signing in Fort Recovery Wednesday night and it was fabulous. It was sponsored by the Fort Recovery library and they held it at Fort Recovery middle/elementary school. There were at least 150 people there, most decked out in Reds regalia, and I ran out of books. I sold 55 and when I took that many I thought I’d bring back half of them.
It was a great night and the folks in Fort Recovery are true baseball fans. Also did a post-event radio interview at the venue with Bob Staugler that was extremely enjoyable.