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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, June 30, 2007

Reds vs. Cards, 6-30

Miles, ss
Schumaker, cf
Pujols, 1b
Duncan, lf
Rolen, 3b
J. Encarnacion, rf
Kennedy, 2b
Molina, c
Wainwright, rhp

Hatteberg, 1b
Phillips, 2b
Griffey Jr., rf
Dunn, lf
E. Encarnacion, 3b
Hamilton, cf
Gonzalez, ss
Ross, c
Lohse, rhp

Tonight's game marks the halfway point of this season for the Reds. They enter tonight's game with a 30-50 record.

In case you're curious....the 1982 Reds were 32-49 after 81 games on the way to a 61-101 record. According to retrosheet.org, the winning pitcher for the 1982 Reds in their 81st game was none other than current bullpen coach Tom Hume.


at 4:48 PM Blogger Chris at Redleg Nation said...

Tom Hume, always doing his part for those 100-loss seasons.

at 7:17 PM Blogger Chip said...

Thinking of the recent concern that a n outing by Arroyo that went over 120 pitches was excessive and maybe did some harm: remember when about 15-20 years ago when complete games were the norm and not a rarity ?

What has happened that now a pitcher cannot go more than 100 pitches? Maybe the human male's physiology has evolved into such a status that it is a dreadful strain on the arm to let it pitch for 11 or 12 innings ? I also remember not too long ago when media did not keep track of the pitch count---heck, now it is even tabulated in the ballparks on the scoreboards !

Remember Bob Gibson, Don Drysdale, etc. I am sure you can remember many more ! Many of them would even pitch 10,11 or more innings.

Sorry, but I don't understand this evolution.

Any thoughts out there ?



at 10:55 PM Anonymous Drew said...

uh oh from the looks of it I guess Kyle Lohse is destined to be the bullpen coach in 2032

at 10:12 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Reds remind me of the disastrous Bengals' teams we all had to suffer through for about 10 years. Mike Brown sat on his hands, essentially destroying all the goodwill his father had established. This year's Reds' team is one of the worst I have ever had to suffer through. Sure, some guys are having reasonably decent years, stats wise, and Homer Bailey is unquestionably a breath of fresh air. But Reds' fans are smart, and the reason this year is so demoralizing is the refusal of ownership and management to do something to shake things up despite the numerous signs that the current team will never win consistent. Narron is a simply a bad manager who makes bad decisions, can't get his players to hustle or play fundamentally sound baseball, and has no passion. Firing Narron and Krivsky would go a long way to restoring fans' faith that ownership is serious about winning now, not when our grandchildren are in high school. The Reds have ample trade bait -- Adam Dunn, Ken Griffey, Jr., Weathers. Each of these players would likely yield at least one Homer Bailey. Who cares if the prospect is ready now or not until next year. This year is lost. Get a great manager -- last time I checked, Joe Girardi was still available, stock the team with great pitching prospects, get rid of the high strike out guys (Dunn, Ross, etc.), find a way to get Grady Sizemore, designate Bray and Majewski for assignment (so we can all stop thinking and talking about the worst trade in Reds' history) and let's get back to being the Cincinnati Reds, instead of the Cincinnati Bats. Oh, and hire Brennaman's kid on a full-time basis. George and Chris are really nice guys, but they suck as announcers, and the love fest with "Cowboy," is really getting my nerves.

at 10:34 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

The bullpen coach seems like the easiest job on the baseball field. All he has to do is get the relievers ready to go into the game. Physically, anyways. If after 5 or 6 innings the reliever isn't mentally ready, that's not the coach's fault. So I don't blame Hume for anything. I blame Dick pole for not conveying his "legendary" pitching philosophy in any effective way. Hume was the pitching coach last year, essentially. Just compare Arroyo's stats between this point last year and today. If anyone should be fired, it's not Hume or Narron. It's Pole for not reaching the pitching staff, Jacoby for not being able to solve the clutch hitting problem and Dent for not motivating the players enough. Join the campaign to get Tony Perez, Ron Oester and Ted Power on the coaching staff. It's a longshot, but it's better than seething in anger

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