The Reds (21-27) are finally going streaking the right way again, and somehow, they’re doing it in a way tailor-made for baseball announcers. Hitting with RISP, not allowing runs from the bullpen (save Chapman of course), and letting the weaker bats (Cozart/Hamilton) be clutch. I’m not complaining, a win’s a win no matter how it happens. But maybe these past two games go to show how short winning streaks aren’t quantifiable and a little bit of magic goes a long way.
So…Reds get swept by the struggling Indians, lose 2 of 3 to the terrible Rockies, then win two straight vs the smoking hot Nats. Baseball.
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The rain is supposed to hold off today, but it will be a muggy one at the ballpark as Michael Lorenzen takes the mound.
All stats are 2015 actuals:
*Stats comprised of 13 bullpen appearances and 1 start totaling 25.1 innings
The final Reds young gun (currently on the MLB roster) finishes off this series against the Nationals. Michael Lorenzen will be making his fifth career start, coming off an impressive 7.0 inning, one-run performance. Where there is cause for concern, though, is that Lorenzen has walked (13) nearly as many batters as he has struck out (14). While it hasn’t hurt him yet, the young righty will likely have to get craftier or rely less on his fastball as teams start to figure him out a bit more.
For the Nationals, Tanner Roark will make his second start of 2015 after his excellent 2014 season. Last year, Roark posted a 2.85 ERA and 3.2 WAR in 198.2 innings for the Nationals. Due to the Nats stacked rotation, Roark was moved to the pen, but with the rash of injuries (Fister, Strasburg), Roark could be in the rotation to stay now. In his first start of this season, Roark went 5.0 innings of one-run baseball, striking out three.
Zack Cozart moves up in the Reds‘ lineup as Marlon “Vesting Option” Byrd gets the day off:
Bryce Harper is back in the Nationals’ lineup this afternoon and Michael Taylor gets another start in LF:
When I played baseball, if we lost a road game, the team was expected to be silent the entire bus ride back to school. It was meant for us to reflect on what we did wrong, why we lost the game, and what we could do better. While I’m sure that happened sometimes, mostly it was just miserable sitting in absolute silence.
Maybe Bryan Price should institute a similar policy because the Reds have still not won a game on a getaway day (0-12). In fact, the Reds have only won the last game of a series twice this season, once against the Pirates and once against the Braves.
Johnny Cueto throwing a bullpen today. #Reds Bryan Price expects him to start Tuesday in Philly
— C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) May 31, 2015
After the Pirates win last night, TV cameras caught Andrew McCutchen giving his batting gloves to two young kids in the front row. The instant tears and just overwhelming joy in the kids’ eyes is why this sport is played. Even though he plays on the other side of things, Cutch has always been a stand-up guy and one of the players I most admire in the sport.
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DOWN ON THE FARM
But not the metaphorical farm you might be thinking of, more of a literal farm. Ross Ohlendorf and Wade Miley had a cow-milking contest before the Rangers/Red Sox game last night. Ohlendorf won(?).
— Cut4 (@Cut4) May 30, 2015
DOWN BY THE RIVER
Stephen Vogt is just the best. There’s really nothing else to say about this.
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The good guys have won a couple and all is right in Reds’ land again. Well, not really, but people are happy for the time being. Baseball is all about having fun, and at the end of the day, it is just a game (or a business if you have to be cynical). Sometimes you just have to sit back and appreciate its weird quirks and the weird quirks that play it.