Let’s recap this afternoon’s titanic struggle….
W: J. Wilson (5-0)
L: A. Simon (4-2)
The offense jumped on the Buccos from the get-go, plating 4 in the first.
They never scored again.
Perspective: a series win on the road against a divisional opponent with the third best record in the majors is no small feat.
… it’s going to overshadowed by the way the Reds just threw this game away today. You’re not supposed to lose games when you get into the other team’s bullpen after the first inning. You’re not supposed to lose games when Mat Latos pitches the way he did after being spotted a 4-run lead. It sure looks like the Club that usually grinds took the afternoon off after they got the lead. The Pirates bullpen is really good–they’re not THAT good.
The Reds need to fire the clubhouse guy who broke in Joey’s glove this morning. Because I refuse to believe Joey could do what he did today in the field. Has Joey had a day off this year? It’s showing.
Jonathan Broxton. Jonathan Broxton. Jonathan Broxton.
The Cardinals finally lose a game. And the Reds responded by taking their foot off the Pirates’ neck. Getaway Day doesn’t mean you mentally check out after taking a large lead early. As noted philosopher Nick Swisher once said: DONT DO THAT. I get that LeCure was probably not available today. But, I sure wish Dusty could have let JJ Hoover go another inning. This adherence to “roles” is simply straight-jacketing the Reds’ bullpen. Don’t even discuss the 4-out Aroldis Chapman plan. Dusty doesn’t subscribe. He was asked after the game. His response?
“I don’t know, man, maybe you should come down and manage.”
Props to Alfredo Simon. He did yeoman’s work today. All for naught.
Can’t help but feel that the Reds would be in a better spot if they’d fired Dusty after last yr’s playoff collapse and hired Terry Francona.
— Chad Dotson (@dotsonc) June 2, 2013
Dusty Baker is one of the examples I use when talking about bullpen mismanagement. He did it again Sunday w/Chapman. sportingnews.com/mlb/story/2013…
— Anthony Witrado (@WitradoSN) June 2, 2013