The Reds won their tenth in a row last night over the Colorado Rockies. They are tied with the Nationals for the best record in baseball, and they are in a 3-game lead in the NLC.
Meanwhile, the Pirates have gone 7-3 in their last 10, which is a pretty darn good run. What an incredible situation where the second-place team can win 70% of its games and lose a game in the standings.
Having just swept the Astros and Rockies on the road, tonight the Reds head back home to try their hand against the Padres. The Reds lost 3 in a 4-game series while visiting the Padres just before the All-Star Break, but that was in California and before the win streak fairy had bitten the Reds so thoroughly.
Mike Leake (RHP, 4-6, 4.12 ERA) defends the hill against Edinson Volquez (RHP, 6-7, 3.30 ERA). First pitch at 7:10 p.m.
Farewell to the Poofy-Haired Fancy Boy
At first, they were saying Homer Bailey would be manning the clippers, but he’s no Ramón Ortiz, so I guess they’ll get a proper barber involved now. He’s supposed to shoot a commercial on Monday, so he’s going to keep the iconic coif until later in the week.
And when the hair does come off (purportedly in the clubhouse on Friday), I’m sure it’ll be all over the t.v. coverage. Already this news has completely stopped the discussion of Jim Bowden saying the Reds are “definitely” trading for Shane Victorino (Braves), Denard Span (Twins), or Juan Pierre (Braves).
Those guys do fit the profile of who the Reds might be looking for in a lead-off hitter, but it’s hard to look at the Reds right now, even having been without Joey Votto, and say this is a team that needs much. Plus, Bowden is not exactly known for his wisdom, or even honesty.
What to Say to Sound Smart at the Water Cooler
The Astros broke their 12-game losing streak last night. The NLC missed having a first place team with a 10-0 record over its last 10 and a last place team with a 0-10 record over its last 10 at the same time by one day.