Daily Archives: September 9, 2010

September 9, 2010

The Daily Brief: Miserable Road-trip to End

Last Game
The Reds dropped another game to the Rockies 9-2, losing the series, but maintaining their lead on the losing Cardinals. They’ve now lost 4 in a row.

Next Game
The good news is today’s game is the last of this current road-trip. They’ve gone 1-5 on the trip, and games at home (and against the loserly Pirates and Diamondbacks) are tantalizingly close. They need to focus today, though, and try one more time to beat Colorado. Travis Wood will be the one the Reds turn to, while the Rockies send out Jason Hammel. Game-time is 3:10pm EDT, and the game will not be televised.

Bruce, Nix Still Injured
The report on Jay Bruce and Laynce Nix is still not good.

Bruce is coming around. He swung from a tee 2 days ago and took batting practice yesterday. However, he took it slow, swinging at only half power.

“It felt fine,” he said.

That’s good news, but the day he returns can’t come soon enough, and right now, it’s looking like Saturday at the earliest. Bruce’s loss has been devastating for the offense. He was the hottest bat when he injured his side muscle during batting practice.

As for Nix, he apparently has made no progress in healing his sprained ankle. He’s eligible to come off the disabled list Friday, but it won’t happen. The outfield could certainly have used him a time or two during this road trip. If only Walt Jocketty hadn’t taken an outfield surplus and turned it into a shortage.

What to Say to Sound Smart at the Water Cooler
The Reds have been in first place for 25 straight days. With their 6-game lead, it will be at least 31 before they could even move to second place, assuming the Reds stay so bad and the Cardinals get super-hot, both scenarios incredibly unlikely.

September 9, 2010

Reds 2, Rockies 9: Losing 4 in a Row

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Rockies (75-64)02304000-9140
W: Cook (6-8) L: Arroyo (14-10)


The Cincinnati Reds lost their fourth game in a row last night, and their third straight to the Colorado Rockies. The good news is that the St. Louis Cardinals also lost, keeping the Reds 6-game lead intact, and moving their magic number down to 19, the lowest in the National League.

The primary reason for the loss was Bronson Arroyo. Yes, Bad-rroyo showed up last night, and he allowed 7 runs in 4 1/3 innings. He also allowed 3 home runs. The Reds pitching staff has had a very difficult time containing the Rockies offense. Of course, most teams have. Colorado has one of the best home records in all of baseball. They are a team made for their stadium, but away from it, they’re only 29-42.

Still, it would have been nice to at least tie the series. Now, the Reds will have to go for the not-swept today.

The Reds 2 runs came from an RBI off the bat of Joey Votto, who was 3-3 with a walk, and Paul Janish. The offense has been quiet in Colorado, probably due in no small part to the team having only 3 outfielders. These guys need a day off, and Walt Jocketty has failed to bring up someone to help cover Jay Bruce during his injury. It’s quite shameful.

The Reds have one more game in Colorado before heading home to begin a 7-game homestand against the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Arizona Diamondbacks. I have a feeling that will be the cure for all this losing.