After a nice little four game winning streak earlier the week, the Reds have now dropped two straight and that brings their season loss total to 81. That means unless they finish the season with thirteen straight wins, they’re going to have their eighth straight losing season. Yes, you have to go all the way back to 2000, which was Ken Griffey, Jr.’s debut season. We’re not quite in Pirates territory yet, but we’re getting close to an entire decade of losing. Mostly thanks to the Pirates, the Reds have never finished in dead last during that time and they’ve only lost 90 or more three times so they’ve never been downright awful, just less then mediocre.
Five hits were all the Reds managed and they lost despite another solid start by Bronson Arroyo. Drew Stubbs went two for three with a solo home run and Ryan Hannigan went yard with nobody on base. JoeyVotto went two for four and he’s keeping his head above th .500 mark. The Reds struck out eleven times, including three each by Branon Phillips and Juan Francisco.
Arroyo fell to 13-13 and he gave up three runs on six hits and a walk with six strikeout in eight innings. Ramon Ramirez pitched a shutout ninth and through seven innings, he has an odd stat line. He has an impressive 0.71 WHIP and a .091 batting average against, but one of the two hits he gave up was a home run and then in another game, he gave up two walks and both guys later scored on another pitcher.
Anyway, it was a 3-2 loss. The finale is this afternoon and it’ll be Kip Wells against Sean West.
With all of the injuries to the pitching staff this year, Bronson Arroyo has been a pleasant surprise. Yes, he’s lost twelve and his ERA is north (just north) of 4.00, but he’s been very solid since late July. He hasn’t given up more then three runs in his last ten in that time, he’s gone 3-3 for his efforts. Welcome to Reds baseball.
He did get the win last night. He gave up just one run on six hits with six strikeouts in seven innings in the Reds 3-1 win. Francisco Cordero threw a shutout ninth and he picked up save number 35.
Jay Bruce made his return and he belted a two run single to give the Reds the lead. Brandon Phillips belted his 20th home run of the season and no Reds hitter had more then one hit. Thankfully the pitching was there.
Game two is tonight. Kip Wells throws for the Reds while the Reds killer, Roy Oswalt, throws for the Astros. Oswalt is 23-1 career against the Reds. I always thought we should sign and even if we sit him, the Reds should win a handful more games every year.
Grrrr, the Reds were down 2-0 for a large chunck of this game. Then they scored two in the eighth and then Scott Rolen put the Reds ahead in the ninth with a solo shot. Things were looking good and then Francisco Cordero gave up two runs in the bottom of the ninth to blow the save. He took the loss and he fell to 2-5. A solid start by Bronson Arroyo went to waste. He gave up two runs on five hits and two walks with four strikeouts in seven innings.
The Reds managed just five hits but a pair of doubles in the eighth by Darnell McDonald and Kevin Barker resulted in two runs. Scott Rolen had the solo home run and Wladimir Balentin singled, drew a walk and scored a run.
The finale is this afternoon. It’ll be Kip Wells against Jose Contreras.
The Reds lost 3-1 last night and this was sort of a mircocosm of the Reds season, which is little hitting and pitching that wasn’t quite good enough. It was kind of fitting that the Reds scored their lone run on a ground out by Joey Votto.
Drew Stubbs and Wladimir Balentin both singled and walked and a few other people reached base once. Yes folks, those are the hitting highlights.
Matt Maloney made his fifth career start and he’s now lost four straight decisions. Too bad because he had a solid start in this one. He gave up a run on four hits with two srikeouts in five innings. Pedro Viola and Daniel Ray Herrera both gave up runs in relief.
At least the Reds are fairly safe from falling into last place because they have an 11 1/2 game lead over the Pirates. Bronson Arroyo looks to uneven his record this afternoon in the final against the Rockies.
I don’t know what’s more disappointing, another losing season from the Reds or the fact that I couldn’t keep up with my blog. In a couple of weeks, Reds Cutting Edge will be five years old but I’ve really only blogged for about 2 1/2 years during that time frame. I’m not throwing in the towel yet, but I let myself down again this year. It’s easy to blame the Reds for not giving me much to get excited about, but Brian kicked off his Tigers’ site in 2003 and is going strong despite that 119 loss season kicking off his writing career. I don’t even have work to blame because while I was busy, it wasn’t overwhelming busy. I just found more things to do.
Soooo, I’m going to ride out the rest of the season. I’ll cover the rest of the Reds final four weeks and I’ll also cover the Reds affiliates that made the postseason (which looks like it’ll be the Bats, and that’s it). I’m back, for now. I can’t promise much more then that.
It’s bad when your leading home run hitter is there despite a stint on the disabled list. Still, Joey Votto has put together back to back solid seasons and he’s looking like a keeper. Jay Bruce is right behind him with 18 home runs and he’s on the DL now, but he hit just .207. Cut the guy some slack because he’s still just 22 and he has 39 career home runs to his credit. Votto has 49, but he’ll be 26 this Thursday.
I still don’t know what to make of Homer Bailey. From July 16 through August 18, he was just awful. Now he’s thrown together four straight solid starts and if he keeps his head up, he could finish with a winning record (he’s 5-4 right now). If he puts together some solid weeks to come, he’ll put himself back on the map heading into next spring. It’s still disappointing from a guy who was supposed to be one of the top pitching prospects in baseball.
Something happened in July. If you look at the Reds ERA by month, it ranges from 4.02 (June) to 4.13 (August) if you take out July but in that summer month, the pitching just failed them with a 5.58 ERA. In that month, the team was 8-19 and if you carve that out of their season, they’re 55-55. That’s nothing spectacular, but it goes to show what one bad month can do to you.
Testing out to see if the fixes worked.