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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

That's a record or something, HR drought

Edinson Volquez tied a major league record by going eight starts and allowing one earned run or fewer in each one. Three others have done that:

Mike Norris, Oakland, 1980
Dana Fillingim, Boston Braves, 1918
Dutch Leonard, Boston Red Sox, 1914

Ken Griffey Jr. homerless streak is up 63 at-bats. He went 67 at-bats in 2004 with a homer. That was longest streak since 1993 when he had a 79 at-bat streak.

No lineup yet.


16 Comments:

at 3:55 PM Blogger Brian said...

Too bad Brandon Webb is in the NL, otherwise Edinson would be in line to be starting the All Star game which is less than 2 months away.

 
at 4:09 PM Blogger Joe said...

This trade for Volquez is looking great for both teams....the way things are supposed to be.

Does this record thing put more pressure on Volquez than he puts on himself? He has fantastic stuff and knows how to use it, but sooner or later he is going to have an off game and is going to get lit up. Just keep throwing it Edinson, just keep throwing it.

 
at 4:17 PM Blogger Joe said...

Bruce is just tearing up AAA pitching. The Reds simply have to find a way to get him up and in the line-up.

I can't think of another team in MLB that would not have this kid on the MLB roster and in the line-up. Someone help me with that.

Can he catch? Can he pitch?

 
at 4:18 PM Blogger Arden Dulou said...

Way to go Volquez the Destroyer!

If Cueto could be as good Volquez by the end of this year, '09 should be fun.

Heck, if Cueto could be .8 of the guy from the first start the Reds should be contending by years end.

 
at 4:21 PM Blogger Arden Dulou said...

If the Reds could play a game or two above .500 until Bruce/Bailey/Phillips are called up I would be happy.

 
at 4:36 PM Blogger The Websters said...

Maybe he's trying holding back so that he can hit #600 on Father's Day. There has to be drama, right?

 
at 5:09 PM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

I have said this before but the Reds may have to sign Jr for another year if they want him to get his 600th as a Red. If they signed Frank Robinson, he could probably get there faster.
St CSA

 
at 5:15 PM OpenID alphatheta678 said...

I don't see how Webb is a better choice than Volquez at this point. Edinson's beating him in every category other than the one category that's a horrible measure of a pitcher - wins.

~Mike

 
at 5:43 PM Blogger Pat said...

I'm a big junior fan. I think it would be great if he hit 600 in a Mariner uniform. I'd miss him, but he's a Mariner first and a Red second.

 
at 6:37 PM Blogger anti-media said...

Whiffey is ALL washed up....has been for a long time !!We must get him out of town so we can bring in Bruce.He pulls everyone on the team down....a selfish BUM !!

 
at 8:52 PM Blogger Dave said...

Griffey's mind seems to be elsewhere (Seattle?).
IMHO, one of the greatest hitters in the game, ever - but he's over-the-hill. Sorry, but no one will pay him $16 million next year.

 
at 10:40 PM Blogger KevinFtMyers said...

The Marlins have not looked very good this series, the Reds have looked improved. I wonder if the batting order fiasco embarrassed these guys into caring what they look like out there.

Anyway, if they continue to improve, and get Bruce up, and keep Janish up, I feel like were starting to steamroll towards 09.

Position players end of 08:

Votto
BP
Kepp
EE
Bako
Hairston / Hopper LF
Bruce / Hopper CF
Griffey / Bruce RF

Bench:
Janish
Ross
Patterson
A Phillips
Hopper

in 2009:

A Phillips / Votto 1B
BP
Kepp
EE
C (newly aquired)
Votto / Hopper LF
Hopper / Stubbs CF
Bruce RF

Bench:
Janish
Bako or Hanigan
Stubbs
IF??

 
at 11:02 PM Blogger KevinFtMyers said...

JANISH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Big balls!

Kid gets down 0-2 and does something Griffey and Dunn cant seem to do...reach out and poke one the other way.

Just watching the interview W/ him, nice kid.

If he can consistantly be what he was in 2 innings tonight, he'll do fine in relief of Kepp and should stay on the club as Kepps backup. (Sorry Agon)

Now TV is showing Janish signing autographs WELL after the game, nice, a highlight for a bad season so far.

Im still pretty sure this season is beyond saving, but its just nice to be able to enjoy watching the last couple games.

 
at 12:28 AM Blogger Dave said...

Volquez doesn't care about any record (other than W/L). His look has changed on the hill, too - he seems to be giving that cat-to-mouse look as he stares down; here's another guy to mow down. The man has turned into a top-notch pitcher, even when he gives up 5 in 4 innings down the road somewhere. With Herrera, age, and pitching's scarcity these days factored in, it's not an even trade - Krivsky/the Reds won, flat-out (and I'm a big Hamilton fan).

 
at 10:38 AM Blogger robdicken said...

He pulls everyone on the team down....a selfish BUM !!

Completely asinine.

The guy constantly gives back to the community, and is great with the fans despite the constant grief that some of them give the guy.

I like Griffey and agree that he is getting old and a shadow of the player he once was. But he's anything but a "selfish bum."

Anyone that says something like that needs to seriously be taken out back and shot! A claim without substantial proof to that claim is completely asinine and un-needed.

 
at 12:02 PM Blogger JackBlueAsh said...

Janish has one decent game and we are "steamrolling" towards a great 2009?

I offer no rebuttal.. Ill just do as CSA does , sit back and chuckle

baseball is not about community service..latest poll has over 72% of local fans wanting Griffey to be traded

JBA/CSA

 
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