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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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Friday, September 28, 2007

Campaign flyer

Rob Butcher sent this out to try to get postseason recognition for Aaron Harang and Brandon Phillips:

Below is information on Reds RHP Aaron Harang:

HE WINS: The .315 difference between Harang’s winning percentage (16-5, .762) and his team’s (71-88, .447) is the highest in the majors (minimum 10 decisions)...the only pitchers in history to post a winning percentage higher than Harang’s (.762) while pitching for a team with a losing record is Al McBean in 1963, Sandy Koufax in 1964, Bret Saberhagen in 1994, Danny Darwin in 1980, Bob Gibson in 1970 and Earle Caldwell in 1946 (minimum 15 decisions, courtesy Elias Sports Bureau)...with only Saturday’s start remaining, Harang has tied his career high for victories (2006) and 4 times was the victim of blown saves...in his 33 starts this season the Reds went 24-9 (.727).

YOU COMPLETE ME: In addition to his 2 complete games, Harang pitched 9.0 innings in a 12-inning, 2-1 win at SD on 5/15 (2h, 1r) and a career-best 10.0 innings in a 12-inning, 2-1 win vs Mil on 7/23 (7h, 1r)...the league leader has 4cg (Webb).

PRESSURE COOKER: Harang went 3-1 in his 5 starts against the NL Central rival Cubs...in the 4 starts in which he faced Cubs ace Carlos Zambrano, Harang went 3-0, 4.32 and the Reds won all 4 games.

WORKHORSE: Harang is the first Reds pitcher to throw 200 innings or make at least 30 starts in 3 straight seasons since Jose Rijo did both in 1991 (204.1ip, 30gs), 1992 (211.0, 33gs) and 1993 (257.1, 36gs)...he is only the third pitcher in Reds history to produce consecutive 200-strikeout seasons: Mario Soto (1982-83) & Jim Maloney (1963-66)...he will lead the team in strikeouts for the fourth straight season and in wins and complete games for the third straight year.

CY YOUNG: With Saturday’s start remaining, Harang ranks among the National League leaders in victories (16, T5th), winning percentage (16-5, .762, 2nd), starts (33, 2nd), innings pitched (223.2, 3rd), strikeouts (205, 2nd), complete games (2, T4th), opponents’ BA (.241, 10th), ERA at home (3.33, 9th) and ERA at night (2.86, 4th)...in 2006 he didn't get a single vote for the Cy Young Award despite leading the National League in strikeouts (216) and complete games (6) and tying for the lead in starts (35) and victories (16)...Harang is the only pitcher in the 50-year history of that prestigious pitching award to lead his league in both wins and strikeouts and not win it.

Below is information on Reds 2B Brandon Phillips.

30/30: On Wednesday vs Hou Phillips hit his 30th HR (2-run off Juan Gutierrez) to become only the second 2B in Major League history to produce 30 homers and 30 steals in a season (30hr, 32sb)...Alfonso Soriano is the only other second baseman to do it (2002, '03, '05), and only 4 other middle infielders have done it (Soriano, Barry Larkin in 1996, Alex Rodriguez in 1998, Jimmy Rollins in 2007)...the only players in Reds history to produce at least 30 homers and 30 steals in a season are OF Eric Davis (1987, 37hr, 50sb) and SS Barry Larkin (1996, 33hr, 36sb).

SILVER SLUGGER: Among all Major League second basemen, Phillips ranks second in runs scored (107, Uggla 109), second in HR (30, Uggla 31), second in RBI (94, Utley 101), second in stolen bases (32, T1st in NL w/ Matsui) and second in hits (186, 1st in NL)...he already has established single-season club records for a second baseman in total bases (314) and home runs (30).

GOLD GLOVER: Phillips leads National League second basemen in total chances (773) and ranks second in fielding percentage (.990, 8e)...Phillips has 217 more chances than percentage leader Ronnie Belliard of Wsh (.991, 5e, 556tc)...he is trying to become the first Reds second baseman to lead the league in fielding percentage since 1997 (Bret Boone).


at 6:11 PM Blogger Gene in WV said...

Lot of good work from Rob Butcher. Certainly begs the league to give these guys their just rewards.

Probably won't work, but at least the effort is there.

at 6:15 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can never get Blogger to publish by my account name(Gene in WV), so I always have to go with anon.

Anyway, glad to see such a great effort put forth by Rob Butcher to get the league to notice the true accomplishments of these two guys.

Hopefully, they get their just rewards.

Probably won't happen, but at least the team is putting forth the effort.


at 7:41 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, Harang and Phillips are great, but overall team Pigeon Poop needs to have the entire coup cleaned out, biggest piles first.

Which means Ellison, Majewski, Stanton, Saarloos, and Mackanin after Krivsky.

at 10:07 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rob Butcher is the pimp of all that is Reds info!

at 12:22 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does that mean that maybe, just maybe, one of the local Cincinnati media people with Cy Young and Gold Glove votes will actually vote for one or both of these guys? Harrang not receiving one vote last year while leading the league in wins and strike outs, was simply a disgrace.

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