No, it’s not an off-day. That’s when we usually post the latest edition of NSRT, but with the way the Reds are playing these last couple of games, we kinda wish it were an off-day, right? I have a lot of dumb things on my mind, so let’s do this…
–The Reds’ bullpen is not good. That is all.
—Go watch this marble race right now. Pick a winner before the race. Trust me, you’ll be mesmerized. I can’t figure out why this was so exciting.
–I had a lot of fun writing this piece for Cincinnati Magazine in which I compared Eugenio Suarez to Todd Frazier since, you know, Suarez is trying to replace the Toddfather. A couple of things stood out when I started looking at these two guys (if you follow me on Twitter, feel free to skip ahead).
First, Suarez has been in the majors for parts of three seasons now, but he’s still younger today than Frazier was on the date he made his major league debut.
Also — and this one blew me away — Suarez is 24-years-old right now, and he has 17 home runs in 105 games since coming over to Cincinnati. In Todd FrazierÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s age-24 season, he hit 17 homers in 130 games…for AAA Louisville.
So be patient with Suarez. He’s still very young, and has plenty of room to improve. Which is great, since he’s already pretty darn good.
–Yes, Suarez is struggling with his glove so far. This is another area where I urge patience. He’s basically learning a new position on the fly, at the major league level. That’s not easy to do. Before this season, Suarez hadn’t started a game at third base since 2010, when he was 18 years old and playing in the Venezuelan Summer League.
–Bold prediction: Raisel Iglesias will finish in the top five in National League Cy Young Award voting this year.
–Not getting a whole lot of production out of Joey Votto yet. Are people starting to freak out? I can never tell.
–So, Devin Mesoraco is hitting .105/.227/.105, and missed last night’s game with tightness in his right leg. Remember the Mesoraco of 2014? Me neither.
(Not giving up on Mes. Far too early for that. But it’s been a long time since he’s been a real contributor to this team. I hope that changes soon.)
–Hey, look at that Adam Dunn picture over there. I put it there because I hadn’t seen a Dunn picture at RN in a long time, and I wanted to see another Dunn picture on RN.
–Will Leitch is a Cardinals fan, and that’s hard to ignore, but I really enjoyed this piece on the old All-Star Baseball game. What I liked most was his discussion of sabermetrics and being a fan. It captured perfectly — I mean it, perfectly — my relationship with sabermetrics. I wish I had written those words.
–Tyler Holt has a slash line of .000/.000/.000, but has scored two runs. And every time I see or hear his name, I think of this (from the brilliant Arrested Development, if you aren’t familiar). Tyler Holt!
–I wish the Reds would cut Alfredo Simon and sign Jimmy Haynes. Or Eric Milton. What’s the difference, right? At least it would be a great story.
–Ross Ohlendorf leads the Reds in wins (2) and funky windups (1). Man, I love that 1920s-era windup Ohlendorf uses. The Reds should sign him to a billion year contract, just so I get to keep watching that delivery.
–I’m not a gamer by any stretch of the imagination, but I let a friend talk me into joining an online league in MLB: The Show 16. The game is fun, but I’m just awful. We did a full draft, I got Mike Trout, Johnny Bench, Joey Votto, Tom Seaver, Mike Schmidt, Johnny Cueto…and yet, my team is 0-5 to start the season. I can not figure out how to hit consistently to save my life. I’m the Pokey Reese of online gamers.
Anyone else play? Are you willing to tutor me?
–We talked about television last week, and I appreciate all the suggestions. I’m going to go with Mr. Robot first, I think. Also need to finish up Deadwood, and get caught up on Archer, and there’s a new season of House of Cards I haven’t gotten to. Then the new season of Game of Thrones begins soon. What’s the deal with Jon Snow? (Don’t answer that, please. Spoiler-free zone here.)
Also, Tyler Holt reminds me that I really want to go back and rewatch the entire run of Arrested Development. Just because.
There’s way too much television these days. Who has time to keep up? Especially during baseball season…
–The first use of OMG was in a letter to Winston Churchill in 1917. Really.
–Hey, I’d like to offer a huge thank you to everyone who donated during our recent fundraising drive (and everyone who purchases merchandise during phase two). This site has been a labor of love for over a quarter of my life (!), and I’m constantly amazed by (a) the thoughtful, talented writers who grace the digital pages of Redleg Nation every single day and (b) the incredible community of readers and commenters who make this place special. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
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Enough navel-gazing…. Go Reds.