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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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Monday, June 11, 2007

Weekend in review

Obviously, the Reds wrapped up a pretty good series against Cleveland with the 1-0 win in 12 innings Sunday. The key to the run in which the Reds have three of four has been starting pitching. Over the last four games, Reds starters have a 2.05 ERA.

If the Reds are to right the ship and get back in it -- and that's an "if" that is larger than all outdoors -- starting pitching is the key. Avoiding bullpen meltdowns would be nice also, of course. But good starting pitching goes a long way. The guy in the rotation who's struggled, Bronson Arroyo, starts tomorrow when the Reds open three games series with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (Baseball needs more teams with five-word names). He was better through six in his last start, unfortunately for the Reds, he pitched 6 2/3.

On the bullpen front: Marcus McBeth looks like he can help. But it's a little alarming that Bill Bray is up here to get checked out. Could be nothing or the dreaded shoulder problems.

I'm headed to Great American today to purchase 12 tickets for an outing for my wife and her co-workers for Thursday's tilt. (They want cheap seats and you have to go to the park to avoid the service charge). Will be interesting to see what kind of seats are available for Homer Start II.


at 9:36 AM Anonymous Red Faced said...

FIRE!!! FIRE!!! I can't believe it but that's what I saw from the Reds this weekend... a little fire. I've not seen it from this team since the first week of the season. Overall the guys appeared to be playing like they actually wanted to win each game. I don't know if it was the excitement with Homer's callup that sparked it or not but it was a welcomed addition this weekend. We could have easily won all 3 games against a very, very good Cleveland team. And I don't blame Majewski for the Saturday loss. He had a couple of pitches that could easily have been called for strike 3 and the homer he gave up was just a good piece of hitting (it would have stayed in most parks also).

I've posted a lot of negative comments lately about the team so I thought it only fair to take the time to commend them for the effort over the weekend. I hope it continues. If nothing else it was enjoyable baseball to watch and I haven't been able to say that much this season.

It was also very good to see Stanton get out of trouble on Sunday. Man was he fired up afterwards. Winning is contageous, let's hope the entire team catches the bug.

at 9:43 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think the Reds can "get back in it" but it will be fun to watch Hamilton and Bailey progress. We can also try to set up a bull-pen for next year.

at 11:34 AM Blogger Bengal43 said...

Check on Bill Bray while you are at the ballpark, please.

at 11:45 AM Anonymous Joe said...

Only four games out of 2nd. place on June 11th. And .500 is something to work for; only 14 games under. Strange team, because in many ways it's not as bad as the record indicates. Some team spirit and leadership does help.

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