June 18, 2012

Daily Brief: Baker-Lowe grudge match continues

Last Game
The Reds got all the back-ups into the line-up but still extended their winning streak to 6 six yesterday by beating the Mets by a score of 3-1. Johnny Cueto walked in the Mets’ 1 run in the second inning, but he also struck out 8. The Reds are now 38-27, putting them 4.0 games in first place in the NLC.

Next Game
The Reds head to Cleveland today to continue their Battle for Ohio with the Indians. First pitch at 7:05 p.m. It ought to be a good one, too, with Mat Latos (5-2, 4.64 ERA) going against Derek Lowe (7-5, 3.78 ERA).

Baker v. Lowe, Part Deux
Lowe, as you’ll recall, went off on Dusty Baker for calling for a pitch inside on him last week when the Indians were visiting Cincinnati.

It was an out-of-proportion response to an inside pitch, even for an AL pitcher, so obviously there was more to the story. However, it’s all very shrouded in mystery as both Lowe and Baker were willing to bash each other to the media, but neither would say exactly why except that it was over something that happened years ago when they were both with California teams.

The strongest hint we got was Baker making a snide comment about Lowe drinking on the job. This isn’t very satisfying, though. Why would the manager of one team give a rat’s ass about a pitcher on another team drinking on the job? Did Lowe hit Baker’s car in the parking lot?

Whatever it was, the feelings are still very close to the surface, and Lowe doesn’t have to hit tonight since they’re playing in an AL park. I hope he doesn’t take anyone’s head off.

What to Say to Sound Smart at the Water Cooler
The Reds 6-game winning streak ties the season high. The Red also won 6-games in a row May 19-24.

2 comments to “Daily Brief: Baker-Lowe grudge match continues”

  1. mikey says:

    Life long Reds fan here in Boston. When Lowe was with the Sox
    it was well known he was a boozer. I don ‘t kno about him drinking
    on the job. He ‘s a good pitcher….there’s something more to this


  2. Amanda says:

    That’s interesting, mikey. I don’t know anything about Lowe, but I’m with you: something more is going on here. Baker doesn’t generally get worked up over stuff at all. Seems like he’d be pretty much angry all the time if all it took was a boozing player.