May 18, 2012

The Daily Brief: Interleague Play

Last Game
It looks like the Reds were going to sweep the two-game series against the Mets, but then it all came crashing down. They lose 4-9, bringing their record to 19-18.

Next Game
The Reds start a series with the 20-18 Yankees tonight at 7:05 p.m. Bronson Arroyo (2-1, 3.25 ERA) will toe the rubber for the Reds and face off against some no name guy… Andy Pettitte or something (0-1, 5.68 ERA).

The Frustration of the DH when Baker is the Manager
Interleague play starts tonight, and, while Dusty Baker makes all sorts of baffling managerial decisions, his choices of who to have HD are a special kind of torture. I don’t know what he’s got planned for tonight, but last year he chose guys who weren’t getting playing time because they were struggling at the plate. Basically, the exact opposite of the guy you want DHing, and it shows. In 9 interleague road games last season, Reds’ DHs batted .188, including 8 starts by Jonny Gomes (5-28) and 1 start by Fred Lewis (1-4).

Fred Lewis! Honestly.

What to Say to Sound Smart at the Water Cooler
Because the Reds were playing the Yankees immediately after the Mets, they didn’t change hotels. That made yesterday’s series ender a get-away game for the home team (the Mets take on the Blue Jays tonight), but not the visitors.

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