April 20, 2010
W: Lincoln (1-0)
L: Troncoso (0-1)
S: Cordero (5)
When is a 6 run lead not enough? When you’re the Cincinnati Reds and you’re mired in your worst losing streak of the season.
One would think that with the way the offense exploded against the Dodgers, that maybe the pitching could step it up. But no. The starting and relief pitching continue to be black holes for the Reds. For one night, at least, the offense wasn’t.
Homer Bailey started for Cincinnati, and allowed 3 before his team had even batted. But the offense batted around in the 2nd inning, scoring an unprecedented 6 runs, only 1 from a homer. They added 3 more runs over the next 2 innings.
Bailey settled down until he tired in the 6th. On the night, he allowed 5 runs over 5 1/3 innings, with 8 hits, 3 walks, and 5 strikeouts. Thanks to the run-producing offense, though, he was in line for the win.
Until Nick Masset came in and let the Dodgers tie the game. The ending of the game followed the script for all the other 2010 Reds win, with the team scoring the eventual winning run in their final at bat, this time thanks to a single from Paul Janish.
Still, a win’s a win, and that 2nd inning was quite enjoyable to watch.
April 20, 2010
News broke this afternoon that injured Reds pitcher Edinson Volquez–you may remember him from one of the two awesome things about the 2008 Cincinnati Reds (Joey Votto was the other)–tested positive for performance enhancing drugs.
Edinson Volquez has failed a test for performance-enhancing drugs and will be suspended for 50 games, SI.com has learned.
Sigh. Just what the Reds need. There is one good bit of news to come from this. Well, good, if true. With breaking news on the internet, it’s hard to tell. According to C. Trent, Volquez can serve the suspension while on the disabled list. If that’s true, then Volquez’s suspension would be up sometime in June. July was the month that had been touted as a possible return, but that always felt overly optimistic to me.
There’s nothing but wild assumptions flying over Twitter and teh internets right now, but one thing I think we can look forward to: Volquez’s apology. Which of the options will he employ?
- Denial: “I didn’t do it.”
- Feigned Ignorance: “I didn’t know it was banned.”
- Competitive Excuse: “I wanted to return from my injury quickly.”
- Silence: No statements at all.
My money’s on Feigned Ignorance.
April 20, 2010
The Reds finished their road trip on Sunday by getting swept by the Pirates. Their losing streak is at 5, but thankfully, they had Monday off. It was nice to go one whole day without a loss and without resisting raging against all the bad decisions Dusty Baker makes. Unfortunately, it was just one day off.
Homer Bailey goes for the Reds, hoping to make it past 5 innings. The Dodgers counter with Chad Billingsley. All this goes down at 7:10pm EDT.
Pitching’s Bad, Too
As bad as the Reds offense has been, the supposed strength of the team–the starting pitching–has been bad, too. John Fay wrote about that for the Enquirer. Fay lays down a couple key stats about the recently completed disastrous road trip.
- Reds starters allowed 33 runs in 38 1/3 innings (7.75 ERA) as the team went 2-5 on the seven-game road trip that was completed Sunday.
- Reds starters have averaged just more than five innings per start on the road.
To top it all off, the only good starts have come from Mike Leake. No wonder they’ve lost 5 in a row. We’ll get to see if the pitching can step up to the plate, with or without the offense, today.
What to Say to Sound Smart at the Water Cooler
4 of the Reds last 6 number 1 draft picks on the active roster. Homer Bailey, Jay Bruce, Drew Stubbs, and Mike Leake are all with the big league club, while Devin Mesoraco and Yonder Alonso are working their way through the minors.