Daily Archives: August 21, 2007

August 21, 2007

The Bullpen Matters

I'm real tired tonight after all the excitement of watching the Reds go up and down with the Braves to finally take home a win, but I wanted to post real quick to say how much I appreciate the effort that the Reds' bullpen has been putting in these last few games. Do you realize that the starter was only one to allow any runs tonight? And he was in less than five innings!

Jared Burton has bandaged the seeping wound that was the Reds' eighth inning, and Bill Bray can't touch the ball without getting the win. Add in David Weathers, and you're almost halfway to a bullpen.

In other reliever news:

Prior to tonight's game the Reds selected from Class AAA Louisville the contract of RHP Kirk Saarloos and optioned to Louisville LHP Phil Dumatrait.

Also, RHP Victor Santos, who was designated for assignment on Saturday, cleared waivers and was outrighted to Louisville.

Dumatrait went 0-2, 14.18 in his 4 starts for the Reds.

Santos went 1-4, 5.14 in 32 relief appearances for the Reds.

I'd like to see Jon “Cooter” Coutlangus come back up. I'm aware that the Reds think they need a “righty” for certain situations, but I think they might consider, instead, a “guy who can get batters out.”