Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Since I didn't commemorate Mesoraco's first career bombo with a picture of him admiring his shot, here's one. But in full disclosure, this is actually a photo of his first home run, however, we can both pretend it's from last night, even if Getty Images didn't bother to send a photographer to very relevant Reds/Astros game. He took Bud Norris' high fastball out to left in a hurry, showing some of that plus power everyone is hoping he showcases on a regular basis next season. I'm pretty sure he will. It's nice that he get a chance to take a couple of swings here in September.
Bailey, who loves pitching in Texas, was quite good again last night. He went 7 and gave up just 2 runs on a J.D. Martinez home run. He also had a career high 3 hits at the plate, bringing his average up above .290. Marty even took the time to compliment his approach at the plate, saying his hard work really shows up there. How about that? I think he still has one start to be labeled the 'most frustrating pitcher who has ever existed in the Major Leagues.' Bruce picked up three hits after abstaining for the weekend and Phillips hit his 18th homer of the year. He's really turned it on in September. He may or may not be seeing flashing dollar signs in front of his eyes. Either way, the Red are going to have a tough time explaining turning down his option ($12 million) after the season if that happens. That's a high price tag. There are rumors that Jocketty may be heading out of town, I'm not sure how reliable they are, so, that could be a decision he doesn't have to make. Maybe they'd promote Joe Morgan to run the team. I think he's probably near the top of the list.
The Reds have an afternoon game today, which I enjoy. I'm not sure about everyone else's opinion. Arroyo is trying to avoid giving up homers 199 and 200 on the year. I suppose it's nice to be in the record books anyway you can get there, even if it's for being terrible. 'Turn to page 167, that's right, worst pitcher in the major league in 2011.' Just kidding Bronson, you're at least better than Casey Coleman, Esmil Rogers, Aaron Cook and J. Happ. Those guys didn't even bother making 30 starts. Or have mono. There are lots of excuses in place. Reds! Reds! Reds!
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Hernandez got the scoring going tonight with a 3-run bomb in the second. The Cubs really weren't looking for the win, giving Casey Coleman the ball. He's not very good at pitching. Francisco added a two-run double in the 3rd. He's been swinging a nice bat lately. The win tonight joins with last Mike Leake's gem last night, in his final start of the season, to give the Reds the series. Nice job everyone. The Reds will take series late in the season from teams that don't care very much all day long. All day long! Reds! Reds! Reds!
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Fortunately, there were lots of other interesting things to watch during the game, bad pitching aside. Francisco hit a ultra-super bomb to right, landing out of the stadium and hitting a horse that was walking by. Actually, I'm not sure about the horse part, but I picture the ball hitting the horse, who then rears up, knocking off the rider and everyone laughing about the commotion. What we do know is the homer went 502 feet and is the first to leave the stadium since the Big Donkey was still roaming the pastures in left. Mesoraco also hit his first career homer and second career double. Hopefully there will be many home runs to follow. You can't face Rodrigo Lopez every day, unfortunately. Some bad news in that Chris Valaika blew up his knee and is done for a while. Doctors think the non-working knee make actually improve his range at short. Chris, we kid. As I'm sure everyone learned from the fabulous Robin Williams vehicle, laughter is, indeed, the best medicine.
The big series with the Cubs continues today without two football games conflicting the Reds viewership. Now everyone can lock in and focus on watching the Reds humiliate the Cubs, publicly, for their disrespect yesterday. That will sure be something.
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
The Reds ran into the the bear buzzsaw in Chicago, losing two of three to the terrible, terrible Cubs. Tonight there was a little too much Carlos Pena. That guy can rake - about 2 out of every 10 at bats, one of which is a home run. He had his two hits of the week tonight, the big one being a three-run bomb in the 8th off Bray. Cueto came off a poor outing last time against the Cardinals to go 7 and give up 3. He left trailing but the offense picked him up, tying things at three, immediately prior to Renteria getting thrown out at the plate trying to score the fourth run of the evening. Ondrusek got hung withe loss, penalized for leaving men on base for Bray to remove, not before touching home plate.
The last few days we've gotten the opportunity to see some of the kids. Mesoraco has been getting regular at bats and Alonso has been seeing more and more time. He had three hits tonight. Valaika even got a shot at short which he hasn't done for a while and, according to the the nerds in charge of telling me about baseball, probably shouldn't ever play the 6 position. Bruce and Votto each added two hits tonight. Hernandez took over the role of having runners on base and not doing much with them. He hasn't been the problem for most of the season, so he's entitled to a turn. And the Reds likely get a draft pick based upon his 'A' free agent status following the season. That's assuming he's offered and rejects arbitration, only to sign elsewhere. It's a very complicated process reserved only for the very smart. I do not fall into that category, so will cease my explanation here.
Yesterday, I won't backtrack too far, Leake had a chance for his first career shutout but gave up a two-run, game-tying bomb to something called a LeHair. I think that translates to 'the hair', based upon my remedial knowledge of the French language. If I had to give up my first career shutout, I think a home run to The Hair would be an acceptable way to go about it. The Reds came back to win in the 14th, so everything worked out for the best. Though, again presented with the options, a meaningless win for a team eliminated from playoff contention versus first career shutout, it's probably a toss-up. At least after listening to Dusty spin it for me.
The Reds get the privilege of playing the Rockies for a couple of days, which should be worth a watch. I know I'll be tuning in. The offense has scheduled many hits and runs for the weekend. It's already on the calendar - in pen - so, expect it.