–In case you missed it, reliever Mike Stanton was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring. He was replaced by left-hander Mike Gosling, who gave up a hit in two-thirds of an inning yesterday.
In 13 appearances with AAA Louisville — all starts — Gosling had a 3.00 ERA.
–Next issue: what in the world is wrong with Bronson Arroyo?
–I know we keep saying that the Reds are better than they’ve been playing, and that they aren’t that far from being a good team. But when are they going to start improving? Do you realize they just lost two of three, at home, to the team with the worst record in the major leagues?
That’s just bad, ladies and gentlemen.
–Adam Dunn: very good. A .275 batting average, 938 OPS, 19 homers (second in the NL) and 46 RBI. If Krivsky trades Dunner, this team will have a gaping hole in the lineup.
–One shortstop in the National League has more errors than Alex Gonzalez’s 11. I thought he was supposed to be the best fielder in the league? I’m still waiting to see his supposed brilliance.
For the record, Felipe Lopez has five errors this season for Washington (in many fewer chances, to be fair).
It’s a good thing Gonzalez is having the best hitting season of his life, because he’s been sub-par defensively. Whether the hitting will continue remains to be seen, but given Gonzo’s career numbers, I’m not optimistic.
–Off to the west coast tonight, to face Oakland and Seattle. Hope we have better luck against the AL’s western clubs than we ordinarily do against the NL on west coast swings every single year.
Blame Chad for creating this mess.
Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, “The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds” is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad’s musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine.
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