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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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Thursday, June 7, 2007

Reds 5, Cardinals 1

You know what I don't understand? For all of you who thought ninth-grade algebra, good point. But what I was going to say is how someone can be alternately so bad and so good like Kyle Lohse. Lohse pitched 8 1/3 great innings Thursday to beat the Cardinals 5-1.

He's 2-1 with a 1.54 ERA over his last three starts. Over the previous three starts, he was 0-3 with a 15.30 ERA. So he's been 10 times better lately. Same guy, same arm, same stuff, completely different results. Puzzling.

“It's in there,” Reds manager Jerry Narron said. “Stuff-wise, he's as good as anybody. We really feel like the worst is behind him and he’s going to continue to pitch well.”

A video session with pitching coach Dick Pole started the turnaround.

“It wasn't anything major,” Lohse said. “It just looked like I wasn't being aggressive. I was falling off, trying to be a little too fine.”

If nothing else, Lohse is becoming a very attractive chip to trade at the deadline.

The Reds finished the three-city, nine-game road trip 4-5 -- not bad overall, but semi-awful when you consider they won the first two games of it.

“For the most part, we've played well on this road trip,” Narron said. “We could had a couple more wins but we couldn’t nail them down.”

That's why that loss in Colorado Sunday still stings.


at 9:12 AM Anonymous Josh said...

6. Reds trade Adam Dunn (of) to Nationals for Chad Cordero (p) and Ryan Church (of). Dunn's power can lead the NL in home runs for whichever last-place team he's on. Washington makes more sense — not only would he be reunited with close friend Austin Kearns, he'd give Washington a drawing card for their new stadium next season.

With a legitimate closer and a potential power hitter, even Cincinnati could make a run at the Central Division title.

this is from Buddy Thomas of SouthcoastToday.com, the trade may be a good one, but it aint gonna happen because I don't see Kryski and Bowden making any trades anytime soon. But it is about what I'd expect back for Dunn if he is moved.

at 9:41 AM Blogger Tyler said...

Please don't call me a stick in the mud, but is it disconcerting to anyone else that four of the five Reds' runs came via the long ball?

Live by the homerun, die by the homerun.

at 11:43 AM Blogger Chris at Redleg Nation said...

Lohse must frustrate his coaches to no end. How many people/teams have bet on him, only to be burned by his inconsistency.

Obviously, this isn't a physical thing. The question is: Can the Reds afford to wait (and pay big bucks) until/if Lohse eventually figures out the mental side of pitching?

at 12:27 PM Anonymous Sedi said...

Interesting comment about trade value...The question I have is, if this organization is committed to winning..Why would you trade pitching if you need pitching? Especially if Lohse is poised to pitch well (not great, unless he continues like he did the last two outings) the remainder of the year. I can't imagine this organization trading up, they haven't been able to do that yet.

at 12:47 PM Blogger Dan H said...

Timing is everything, I just checked my e mail and the Reds presspass stated Coffey was optioned to Louisville for Bailey. Timing is everything for McBeth as his good outing probably kept him in Cinci.

at 1:02 PM Blogger omnired said...

No, it doesn't bother me that the Reds hit 3 homeruns last night. To solve this "problem", the team would have to trade some homerun hitters for guys with less HR power. So instead of 3 HR's last night, you'd end up with 1 HR and 2 singles. 2-3 runs total for the game. It ended up being enough to win last night, but night after night, they would win fewer games without the homerun hitters.

With respect to Lohse, he's a free agent at the end of the season. I'm guessing the Reds are going to be sellers at the trade deadline, meaning guys like Lohse, Hatteberg, etc are going to be shopped around.

at 1:18 PM Blogger cincikid said...

I think that the Reds would trade Lohse because he is going to be a Free Agent at the end of the season. Due to his inconsistency, prospects in the Minors, and the going price for a unproven starting pitcher is throught the roof i.e. Meche $55mil. If he keeps performing the way he has the last two starts he might even draw more interest than Dunn. Who will also be a Free Agent at the end of the season if the Reds do not keep him and pick up his $13mil option. No way would we ever get Ryan Church and Chad Cordero. I wouldn't mind a swap with the Padres maybe Clay Hensley or Cla Meredith and Mike Cameron.

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