Gametime: 7:10 p.m.
Leake (2-2, 4.32)
Sanabia (2-5, 4.85)
Cincinnati Reds (23-16 and on a roll)
Miami Marlins (11-28 and rolling over)
This is the way we should beat inferior teams: Jump on them early, then keep them in check. The big hit of the night was Xavier Paul’s bases-clearing double, but I also appreciated the RBI walks by Votto and Phillips. Don’t swing at crap, even if you’re the team’s big hitters.
Multi-hit games from Cozart, Votto, Phillips, and Hanigan—good stuff. Better yet was the complete game, ten strikeout performance by Homer Bailey. For those who weren’t watching in the 9th inning, he consistently was hitting 95-97 MPH on the radar gun at the end of the game. It was nice to see him protect the lead so (seemingly) effortlessly. He was dealing.
Big game for Mike Leake. Might it be his last turn in the rotation, since Johnny Cueto is raring to return next week? I’d like to think so, but he’ll probably make the decision difficult. He tends to perform well against poor teams, and they don’t get much poorer than the Marlins.
Cingrani or Leake:
I know that most everyone weighed in on this yesterday, stealing my thunder for today’s starter. Let me just say for the record that I’m firmly in the Cingrani camp. Besides the fact that we need a lefty in this rotation (and have for years), he has simply performed better than Leake. Yes, I know he needs to develop a second or third pitch. Let him do so under the tutelage of Bryan Price. Yes, I know he might get hit harder the second time teams face him—but that’s all the more reason to let teams face him at least once. And no, please don’t put him in the bullpen (as Jim Kelch suggested last night). Groom and keep him as a starter, because a lefty who throws 95 MPH is an awfully rare commodity. We already have a hard-throwing lefty who should be a starter in the bullpen.
Random Things I’d Like to See In Tonight’s Game:
--Cozart taking an outside pitch to right field for a single
--Votto driving a ball off the wall in left-center for a double
--Robinson racing down a deep fly ball in CF (and giving Choo a night off and batting leadoff)
--Bruce picking back up where Dusty left him off
--Leake not giving up walks at the rate he has this season
--Frazier getting a couple of hits (he’s at .229 right now—need to get him back on track)