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Weathering The Storm

Posted by Matt on May 8, 2007

I promised more content, and like it or not, more content is what you are going to get.

I am sitting here listening to the Cincinnati Reds on the radio (I do not have cable yet as I am in the middle of a move and the cable guy came out today but could not run cable to OUR house because something about a dog in the NEIGHBOR’s yard…your guess is as good as mine…) and the top of the 9th inning came and Reds reliever David Weathers came on to try and keep the game a one-run contest so that the offense would stand a chance in their last at-bat. While Weathers was rounding the mound just before the start of the inning (presumably doing that ball-rub thing that most pitchers do in an attempt to make himself appear to be a force to be reckoned with, though I cannot see this because I DON’T HAVE CABLE) I overheard a quote from Jeff Brantley discussing the recent bullpen woes…

“…but David Weathers, that has been THE ONE guy the Reds have been able to count on this season…”

Now when your “go-to” reliever looks like this:

Quit.

Just about the time I really started questioning this statement about Weathers’s supposed “reliability,” Weathers gives up a two-out, run-scoring double to Luke Scott to make it a 2-run game. This is all not to mention that Brad Salmon gave up 2-runs to put the Houston Astros ahead in the 7th inning to begin with. Furthermore, the importance of this “insurance run” so graciously given by Weathers is that Brandon Phillips hit a solo Home Run in the bottom of the 9th inning to make it 7-6 game before Dan Wheeler retired the next two batters to end the inning and, more importantly, the game. Had Weathers pitched a scoreless inning we’d be talking extra-innings not extra-beers. On that note, time to make a refrigerator run…

…back. At the time of this post, the Milwaukee Brewers are leading in the bottom of the 8th inning over the Washington Nationals, which is more or less the Washington School For The Blind, so I am going to go ahead and say that the Brewers have won. The moral of the story is that a Brewers victory means that the Cincinnati Reds are 9-games out of first place in the National League Central, and it is only May 8th. I am only 10-games out of first place in the National League Central and I do not even field a team.

Finally,

  • The Reds are 1-4 in the first five games of this home-stand
  • The Reds are wasting prime numbers from Ken Griffey, Jr. as Junior has lofted his batting average to .330, with 5-home runs and 16-RBIs, on top of an on-base-percentage of .443
  • Our “Ace Reliever,” David Weathers, is a career 4.35 ERA RELIEVER!

P.S. On the post-game, Red’s legend Marty Brennaman on the on-going bullpen meltdowns:

“It is EVERY SINGLE NIGHT.”

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