Reds 10, Braves 3
Ken Griffey Jr. hits historic home runs all the time, as he did Monday night, passing Frank Robinson for sixth all-time with No. 587. His homer, by the way, was only one of the Reds' 16 hits for extra bases.
But Griffey is playing as well overall as he has for the Reds -- ever. He made a terrific running catch in the ninth. He went the other way against the shift in the first ininng to get the first run of the night in. He broke up a couple of double plays with hard slides recently.
He looks like a rejuvenated player at 37. His numbers -- .286, 24 homers, 63 RBI, .393 on-base, .565 slugging, 56 walks, 55 strikeouts -- make him look awful good on the trade market.
I wouldn't trade him, however.
Sounds like Pete Mackanin is Griffey's corner.
“He's not worried about setting that record,” Mackanin said. “He's playing nice and relaxed. He keeps the guys loose. He goes about his business professionally. I got nothing but accolades for him.”
How about Bobby Livingston? He gives up a lot of hits -- 25 in 17 innings -- but his ERA is 3.18 after three starts. He deserves another couple of starts.