Starting to Come Together

The Reds complete the home stand at 5-2 (should have been 6-1 had Weathers not blown the second game versus the Pirates) and have chopped two games off the wild card lead, which is now down to seven.  They will now head out onto the road before the All-Star Break going to division leading Chicago and Milwaukee.  Do I even need to say that this is a big road trip? Going 4-2 would be awesome and a sweep of the Cubs could make it super sweet.   The division lead is still 10.5 but that is better than having no chance.

The Brewers have apparently landed C.C. Sabathia in a deal with the Indians, as of Sunday night.  Hopefully he is not on the schedule to pitch, but something tells me that he will be. Matt LaPorta and two mid-level prospects are thought to be in the deal from the Brewers.  In his last start against the Reds on June 27th, Sabathia pitched 8 innings, allowed 4 hits, no runs, and struck out 11 Reds en route to a 6-0 Cleveland win.

Redleg Nation has put up an interesting article about a radio delay in the broadcast so it would better sync up with the TV broadcast.  As you know, I am very passionate about the radio broadcast and this move is nice, but I haven’t seen a lot of improvement.  Generally I have the radio on and the TV muted but it would be nice if they were at least a little closer.  On the old affiliate, they were close without any tinkering by Reds on Radio.  Werid.  Anything is better than George Grand wax poetic about Griffey’s 600+ home runs and the “Crafty Lefthander”.

Congradulations to Edinson Volquez being named to the All-Star team.  Although he certianly deserves to start and I will probably be mad if he doesn’t, I have a feeling that he won’t be selected by NL manager Clint Hurdle.  Brandon Webb, Dan Haren, Ryan Depster, and Tim Lincecum among others were named.

Speaking of Tim Lincecum, Tom Verducci wrote an amazing article for this past weeks Sports Illustrated on the Giants ace.  Most of the article was dedicated to Lincecum’s unortodox pitching style and the mechanics behind it.  The article also had a lot of intersting facts and discussion about how new technology is being developed by former Mets pitching coach Rick Peterson that is being used to teach young pitchers how to pitch, with maximum output, without doing any unncessary damage to their arms.  This is a subject that will be coming up more and more as pitchers have reached their max load and clubs that are now trying to preserve thier multi-million dollar investements through scientifically measruable biomechanics rather than the old method of “eyeballing” a prospect.  A must read for any baseball fan.


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