Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Red Swoon

Well, the Reds are 16 1/2 behind the Brewers and not looking like they can climb out of the hole they dug themselves. Jerry Narron got the boot. I think he is a decent manager, but made some strange moves. Basically, an inept bullpen has been the Reds demise. The starters have done a decent job but once they hand the game over to the bullpen, odds are the game is lost. The pen has lost a league leading 18 games. (Ouch!) The Reds are in every game. They are all close and 90 percent of the games, the Reds have had a lead. If the games were only 6 innings long, the Reds would be in first place. No kidding! I saw the stats! The Reds need to somehow skip the 7th and 8th innings. David Weathers, who has 16 saves, has been more like Rollie Fingers and Goose Gossage. More than half of his saves are more than an inning.

Oh well. There are two bright spots on the season. Junior Griffey has hit 22 home runs and sits at 585 for his career. Josh Hamilton has continued to produce and is an inspiration to all who know his story.

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