The one aspect of these 2013 Cincinnati Reds we have continually hung our hats has been the starting pitching. Well, in the two-game series in Oakland, it appeared that aspect didn’t want to come out and play. Between Bronson Arroyo and Homer Bailey, well, here…look for yourself.
These numbers translate in to an ERA of 9.90 and a WHIP of 1.700.
I know, it’s one game. I also know that this team needs to lop a little momentum to its side of the field, too. Didn’t help that the bats stayed quiet as well.
Game 1: 3 runs, 10 hits, 11 LOB, 1-for 5 RISP, 4 walks, 6 whiffs
Game 2: 0 runs, 2 hits, 4 LOB, 0-for-3 RISP, 2 walks, 7 whiffs
Those numbers won’t win you many games. Maybe the first, but definitely not the second.
Wait. That’s it for today? Two freakin’ hits? That’s all we got was two freakin’ hits? (Apologies to Harry Doyle.)
And in today’s game, the Reds had a golden opportunity to make a statement in the first inning. With runners on first and second with only one out, the Reds failed to make that statement. Jay Bruce struck out swinging and Todd Frazier watched a call strike three.
Instead, they limp into Texas needing a three-game sweep to salvage a .500 road trip. And they will be playing another .500+ team. The record in that area isn’t too pretty. Hopefully, the ship can be righted.
Oh, and Tyler asked a pertinent question about the fanbase earlier today. Click over there and vote in the poll.