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John Fay has been the Reds beat writer for the Enquirer since 2001. Prior to that, he served in a variety of roles for the Enquirer: backup Reds writer, UC beat writer, backup Bengals writer and as a general assignment reporter. He is a Cincinnati native and a graduate of Elder High School and the University of Dayton.

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Saturday, May 19, 2007

Reds 10, Indians 5; Weathers steps up

You've got to give David Weathers credit. He challenged his teammates by saying things had to turn around. That talks rings hollow when the speaker doesn't hold up his end of the deal.

Weathers has. Saturday night was another example. He recorded his eighth save in the 10-5 win over the Indians. He got the final two outs of the eighth when the Reds were clinging to a 7-4 lead and seemingly a pitch or two away from another major eighth inning meltdown and pitched the ninth as well.

Then he favored us with some good quotes:

Nice win, eh? “They've all are nice right now. It’d be nice if we played the University of Cincinnati and won. We need Ws.”

On the five-out save: “It doesn't matter to me. I’ll do whatever Jerry asks. We've got to be willing to go above and beyond. When you’re 10 games under .500 and 10 games out, you've got to get it done.”

That's leadership. Talk the talk, then back it up. His ERA is 2.18. He's converted eight of nine saves. He comes in throwing strikes -- three walks, 22 Ks in 20 2/3 innings.


at 1:06 AM Blogger Redsheart said...

Yeah! I'm just happy we win!!!!! :D
We'll still have a chance to win with a starting pitcher can throw long innings. But I'm afraid we don't have strong bullpen except Weathers. Bringing in Weathers in the 9th is the ringht decision? We have to win tommorow and the day after tomorrow, too. They do need strong arms. GO REDS!!

at 3:38 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Holy Crap! When you look at his numbers like that, they're pretty awesome. He's really the only veteran in the bullpen you can trust right now. I'd rather have Coutlangus and Salmon firing the ball than Coffey and Stanton. When/If Majewski and Bray get back, maybe the pen will settle down and be pretty decent. I know, I can dream...

at 1:15 PM Blogger Don said...

Ya sure can't point the finger at Weathers right now. I get tired of hearing guys talk a good game and say all the right things after the game, but as long as Weathers is going to walk the walk, let him talk the talk.

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