Despite today’s drubbing, the Cincinnati Reds are 16-11 since the All-Star game during which time they have outscored their opponents 135-103.
Perhaps it’s because the game wasn’t interesting. Perhaps it’s because I turned the volume off the broadcast to flee Thom Brennaman’s commentary and the room was quiet. For some reason I fell asleep on the couch and missed a chunk of the game. It’s altogether possible I never uncovered my eyes after the two base running mistakes in the first inning.
The Reds return home for a tough 10-game home stand starting tomorrow. They play four against the (Stanton-less) Miami Marlins, four against the LA Dodgers and finish with two against the Texas Rangers.
Positives: Billy Hamilton’s three hits. Keyvius Sampson’s five innings of relief. Joey Votto’s 2-run homer. Bryan Price finally figuring out the only correct time to use Ross Ohlendorf.
Negatives: Everything else.