Marc Katz, who covers the Dragons for the DDN calls for OB to dump the Reds current minor league philosophy.
Stop this Dragons-choking, limited-pitch count, tandem-pitching system and this take-a-strike before you swing nonsense. Stop it now, not this winter when you have your organizational meetings and discuss what went wrong, and what went right. Stop it now, not when the Dragons come home from a road trip on Thursday. Stop it tonight, while the Dragons are in South Bend (Ind.) so they can come home and surprise their fans with a legitimate good time at Fifth Third Field.
What’s going on just doesn’t make any sense. Oh, it may make sense to you and a few of your closest Reds advisors with the Reds, but it doesn’t make sense for the Class A Midwest League Dayton Dragons.
It’s August, for goodness sake, and any strong young hurler who keeps his pitch count in order per inning should be able to make it through at least seven innings in under 90 pitches. That shouldn’t put too much of a strain on his arm, and he can be efficient, too. The first time a pitcher elongates an inning with 20-25 pitches, yank him. That will get him the message to be efficient.
And when a pitcher is getting bombed, yank him, too. Don’t make the manager wait until it’s too late to salvage the game. That’s the part a lot of fans don’t understand. Just as they didn’t like seeing Bailey taken out of game he dominated through 75 pitches in the fifth inning, they shouldn’t be subjected to watching Joe Wilson and Carlos Bohorquez surrender six runs in the third inning on consecutive nights, either.
I’m not sure how I feel about the Reds approach to their pitching staff (pitch limits, piggy-backing the starters), but I do know the folks in Dayton aren’t happy about it. Many of these same complaints can be heard around 5th 3rd Field in Dayton.
I’ve been a Reds fan since the late ’60’s, with my luck of being able to attend plenty of games at Riverfront during the BRM era. I was sitting in the Green Seats in the OF when Pete came home in ’84 and was in the Red seats when Glenn Braggs reached over the fence in ’90 to beat the Pirates. I have had many favorites from Jim Maloney to Johnny Bench, Barry Larkin, Adam Dunn, and Jay Bruce.