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August 16, 2012

Game 117: Mets 1, Reds 6

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W: Leake (5-7) L: Dickey (15-4)


The Reds took down the Mets and 15-game winner R.A. Dickey last night to ensure the win of the series.

Mike Leake pitching against the MetsMike Leake started for the Reds, and before the game it hardly seemed like a fair match-up. But Leake was up to the task and put in a 1-run (earned), 4-hit complete game. The starters have really been rolling lately, which is the main reason the Reds are now, again, owners of a 5-game winning streak.

The offense was in fine form as well. Todd Frazier went 3-for-4 on the night, including a 474′ home run in the fourth inning that was the fourth-longest home run in the majors so far this year. Not that length really matters, but Rookie of the Year, anyone?

Zack Cozart, Jay Bruce, and Scott Rolen each went 2-for-4 and scored a run. Rolen contributed an RBI in the form of a solo-shot immediately prior to Frazier’s in the fourth inning. Not bad for a guy who, 5 days ago, couldn’t move with the back spasms he was having.

The win brings the Reds’ record to 71-46. They lead the NLC by 7.0 games over both the Pirates and Cardinals, who are now tied for second. Tonight they go for the sweep of the Mets. Homer Bailey (RHP, 10-7, 4.08 ERA) tries his hand against Matt Harvey (RHP, 1-3, 3.63 ERA). First pitch at 7:10 p.m.

August 16, 2012

Baker contract extension talks heat up

Last Game
Last night, the Reds won again. With Mike Leake going against R.A. Dickey, that was NOT what I expected to happen. But Leake put in a complete game, the offense damaged Dickey’s Cy Young chances a little, and the win streak was extended to 5. Final score: Mets 1, Reds 6

Next Game
The Reds go for the sweep of the Mets tomorrow at 7:10 p.m. in Great American Ball Park. Homer Bailey (RHP, 10-7, 4.08 ERA) takes the mound against Matt Harvey (RHP, 1-3, 3.63 ERA).

Dusty Baker behind the netBaker Contract Extension Talks
I’m not sure whether the topic of a contract extension is actually coming up in an organic way or if it’s just pushy reporters needing a story are bringing up the topic of their own accord, but there’s a story on MLB.com about the Reds extending Dusty Baker’s contract.

Reds manager Dusty Baker should not be concerned about his current contractual situation. Bob Castellini, the team’s president and chief executive, wants Baker around for a long time.

“I would like to see Dusty Baker as a member of our organization for many years to come,” Castellini told MLB.com on Wednesday, as two days of quarterly Owners’ Meetings began here at the Four Seasons Hotel. “That’s it.”

I suppose if it ain’t broke you don’t screw with it, but I can’t help but groan at the notion of the Reds marrying Baker. All his annoying habits (the catcher MUST bat eighth, not matter what his OBP) are still there; they’re just easier to ignore when the team is winning.

And the fact that they’re winning is not something I’m prepared to give him credit for. If he were the magic man here, we wouldn’t just now be getting to a serious post-season contention place in his fifth year on the job.

But now sure as hell isn’t the time to say that they’re going to be looking for a change of pace. I’m just clinging to the vagueness of Castellini’s “with the organization” comment until it matters, hopefully not until early November.

What to Say to Sound Smart at the Water Cooler
Mike Leake’s complete game last night was his second of the season, tying Johnny Cueto and Mat Latos for the most on the team. Bronson Arroyo and Homer Bailey have one complete game apiece.