June 14, 2012
Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker has responded to what Derek Lowe said last night.
“He had some words for me. I really didn’t want to make a public thing or a public spectacle. He’s the one who brought it up. He had some choice words for me. I really don’t care if he respects me. It doesn’t matter.
“No. 1, you’ve got to ask him why he hit Joey Votto in the back two years ago. Yesterday, he took exception to a ball inside that didn’t hit him, then hit Brandon Phillips after that.
“I’m not denying nothing. I didn’t order anyone to hit him. I told (Mat Latos) to buzz him and make him uncomfortable. That’s what happened. Nobody hit him. Then he hit our guy.
“What he was talking about was something that he said and did a few years. You got to ask him what that was. You got a lot people involved in the situation that didn’t need to be involved in the situation. It didn’t come from there.
“Go ask him since he made it public. Understand what I’m saying. I’ll let it rest at that since he’s such a big man running his mouth talking about himself.”
Apparently, a reporter pressed Baker on the issue a little more, and Baker found a little more to say.
“Man, I don’t care,” Baker said. A lot of people don’t respect me. He don’t respect himself. The word was whatever he did and said probably there was a good chance he was drinking at the ballpark and he don’t remember what he said or what he did. OK.
“When he said I shook my finger at him to say I didn’t have nothing to do with it. It wasn’t to say I didn’t have anything to do with it. It was to say: Don’t mess with me or my team. That’s what that means. He better learn sign language. OK.”
All right. Lowe hates Baker and will throw at his players. And the feeling is mutual from Dusty. Also, Baker accused someone–maybe Lowe–of being drunk while at work. Everything is clear as mud.
It’s interesting to see Baker fired up like this. Usually, he’s a very laid-back, cool guy. Something happened that royally pissed him off, though, and he can apparently hold a grudge.
June 14, 2012
After last night’s game between the Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians, Indians starter Derek Lowe shared his feelings on Reds’ manager Dusty Baker.
Lowe exploded with an expletive-laden rant about a pitch that Mat Latos threw to him when batting in the fifth that was up and in.
“Dusty will deny it. It has everything to do with him,” Lowe said. “You can go ask him. He’ll deny it like he has no idea. They’ve been trying to do this [stuff] for years. I’d always come up with men on base. To say it didn’t come from Dusty, Mat Latos was with the San Diego Padres the last four years. He has no idea what’s going on. Again, you can ask him and he’ll say he doesn’t know [anything] about it like he always does. This goes back to my last year with the Dodgers [in 2008]. He made up some [bogus] story. A lot of people got involved. People almost got fired over it. You can go ask him right now and he’ll say he has no idea what you’re talking about. But just watch the game. Mat Latos has nothing to do with anything that has gone on. How would he know? Why in the [world] would you throw a 96 mph fastball, first pitch, inside to a pitcher? Ask him.
Feel free to replace “[stuff]”, [anything]”, and “[bogus]” in the quote with the likely swear words uttered by Lowe. I’m feeling “shit” was the likely word of choice.
Sure, Tony LaRussa and Baker never got along, but this is the first time something between the Dodgers, Lowe, and Baker has been made public.
“A lot of people knew about it,” Lowe said. “I have zero respect for the guy — not that it matters. I imagine he’d say the same about me. But the [stuff] that was being said and the denials that he ended up ultimately doing was pretty sad. I’ll just leave it at that.”
I have no idea what to think of this. But it’s clear that Lowe is not “trusty in Dusty.” If nothing else, it’ll make for some interesting questions to be asked of Baker before today’s afternoon game begins.
June 14, 2012
W: Latos (5-2)
L: Lowe (7-5)
S: Chapman (7)
The Reds ensured the series win last night by beating the Indians 3-5.
Mat Latos pitched on short rest to fill in for the sicky-poo Mike Leake. In 7.0 innings, Latos allowed 2 runs (earned) on 7 hits and a walk. I wouldn’t mind seeing that every time out.
Sean Marshall took over in the eighth and didn’t allow a hit. The guy who usurped him in the closer role, Aroldis Chapman, took over in the ninth and did allow a hit: a home run. Fortunately for Chapman, one home run was all they got, and that wasn’t enough to blow the save. It does, however, start a streak of three straight appearances where Chapman has allowed earned runs.
It was pretty much smooth sailing on the offensive front. Brandon Phillips assumed his usual Cleveland killer role and went 3-for-3 with 3 RBI and 2 runs scored. I wonder what the Phillips trade looks like from the Indians’ point of view.
Meanwhile, Joey Votto assumed his usual everyone killer role and went 2-for-3 with a walk. Chris “Hi-C” Heisey and Ryan Hannigan also had hits. Jay Bruce and Ryan Ludwick provided the other two RBI. Wilson Valdez went 0-fer.
The win brings the Reds’ record to 34-27 and extends their lead over the second-place Pirates to 2.0 games. They go for the series sweep this afternoon at 12:35 p.m. when Mike Leake (2-5, 4.97 ERA) takes on Josh Tomlin (3-3, 4.96 ERA).
June 14, 2012
The Reds continued their winning ways against the Indians last night by winning 3-5. Mat Latos was filling in for a sick Mike Leake, and Latos turned in the kind of performance we’ve been expecting from him from the beginning. Maybe short rest doesn’t give him enough time to put too much pressure on himself.
The Reds go for the sweep of the three-game series today at 12:35 p.m. Leake (2-5, 4.97 ERA) defends against Josh Tomlin (3-3, 4.96 ERA). They look pretty evenly matched, but Tomlin had the advantage of not spending the last few days puking. That I know of.
What’s Eating Aroldis Chapman?
After starting the season with a streak of 24 appearances without an earned run, Aroldis Chapman has now allowed at least one earned run in each of his last three starts. Last night he got the save, but came into the game in the ninth with a 4-run lead and served up a solo shot to Jose Lopez. Talk about streaky.
Though Chapman’s performance last night wasn’t the shelling he’s received in the last couple games, I’m still concerned about the abrupt change from “record-settingly good” to “meh.” If the season had started a week ago, we wouldn’t be looking at Chapman in a closer’s role right now.
What to Say to Sound Smart at the Water Cooler
If the Reds win this afternoon, they will pull their all-time record against the Indians to .500 (38-38).