Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Cincinnati Reds Manager Dusty Baker Has A Brain Fart

Last night the Cincinnati Reds played the New York Yankees aka The Evil Empire. They lost 5-3. Before I discuss other aspects of the game, Reds manager Dusty Baker had a brain fart in the bottom of the ninth. With two out and two runs in, Dusty pinch hits for catcher Ryan Hanigan. Who does he choose? Edgar Renteria. Now Hanigan is batting .268. Renteria? He's batting .221. WHAT THE F......K? Really? I better hear that Hanigan wasn't feeling well. Yeah, it's not as bad as Jerry Narron batting Juan Castro for Josh Hamilton. Remember that one? But what is the logic here? Renteria is looking his age. And what was the result. Strikeout.

What about the rest of the game? Reds starting pitcher Travis Wood continues to demonstrate he doesn't know how to pitch WHEN HE'S AHEAD IN THE COUNT. With two strikes, he continually grooves fastballs out over the plate. Of course he gets hit. Before the first inning was done, the Reds were down by four runs. In the eighth, Yankees Curtis Granderson tried to steal second. Catcher Hanigan had him dead to rights with a perfect throw. Reds shortstop Paul Janish booted the ball and Granderson got to third when he eventually scored. Janish can't hit. His average is a woeful .227. If you can't hit, you better be able to field. I say it's time for the Reds to end this silliness and bring up Zack Cozart from AAA. Louisville.

The frustrating thing about last night's game was that the Reds can beat the Yankees. They're not better than the Reds. Well, Reds Nation today is another game.

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