The Reds were off yesterday, but on Wednesday they took yet another series by defeating the Brewers 2-1. The Reds have won or tied their last six series.
The Reds open a home series against the NLE-leading Nationals and their 19-12 record tonight at 7:10 p.m. Mike Leake (RHP 0-4, 5.97 ERA) takes the mound against Gio Gonzalez (LHP 3-1, 1.72 ERA).
He’ll really be something in 2017
Tonight the Reds will face Bryce Harper, the Nationals’ 19-year old outfielder, for the first time. This guy inspires vomit-inducing levels of praise from Real Baseball Men, and I feel like I’m missing something. .263/.370/.421 is pretty good for a fifth-year senior, but doesn’t seem like enough for Cole Hamels to get himself all suspended over.
On the other hand, who am I to question the wisdom of Jim Bowden?
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With the Reds’ last win, Dusty Baker got his 1500th win as a major league manager.
I cannot, for the life of me, understand why that Cincinnati Enquirer article was quoting Jim Bowden so much. Maybe it’s only me, but I put no value in anything the man says. His years of terribly mismanaging the Reds –and then proceeding to do the same with the Washington Nationals–have rendered him, at best, a baseball buffoon in my eyes.
This quote from Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth from that article was funny, though. “He’s a baseball player,” Washington outfielder Jayson Werth said. I assume the reporter nicely removed the “Duh” from the beginning of that statement.