Monday, May 7, 2007

Hey Josh, Sign My Syringe! Reds 9-3

The author is going to go ahead and apologize for the lateness of this post. I've just been too busy, wait, lazy. So, here is a recap almost a full day after the big time victory over the outstanding Colorado Rockies.

The offense hasn't necessarily been the problem of late, so the nine runs on the scoreboard wasn't much of a surprise. But only three runs allowed? Nicely done. That is a big time pitching performance. And Saarloos, way to not give in to the temptation of being awful. The author knows it gets you in the paper, but so does a double play after walking every other batter. You were still pretty awful, and the author knows that you don't want to show up the rest of the bullpen, being the new guy and all. But if I had to choose, I would probably say that most Reds fans prefer the taste of double play salad, that is, if given the choice.

The author read that Arroyo threw 48 pitches in the 6th, which is pretty amazing. But you've got to strengthen those arms early in the season, if you want them around in September. Best way to do that is to simply tell your starters, 'You're not going anywhere until your pitch count hits 150.' And Narron's going to stand by that, he believes in the program. So, who is the author to question that decision. I want Harang and Arroyo out there every fifth day throwing until I hear the music of old Tom Browning coming from their right arms.

Now, on to Josh Hamilton. A day after 4 for 5 with a homer short of the cycle, he goes crazy and hits two bombs. That's now eight on the season. "Over here, Mr. Hamilton, will you sign this bag of rock for my son?" If this guy stays healthy, the team is going to be fun to watch even if they lose 130. Which might be true if you replaced "lose" with "win."

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