Hole #6: Coeur d'Alene Resort Golf Course, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
Maybe they were travel-fatigued coming all the way from Russia to Coeur d'Alene (went over the Arctic Circle, as it was the shortest route). Maybe they shouldn't have been trying to golf in Idaho in May. Maybe they were overconfident. But, most likely they were feeling a twinge in the shoulder and it affected their swing. Regardless, they couldn't land a ball onto the floating green, twice hitting it into the water for a TRIPLE-BOGEY
putting them at 3-OVER
after 6 holes. These REDS haven't had a TRIPLE-BOGEY in years, so this comes as a real surprise. One thing that can be said about this version of the REDS is that they have been consistent....never going in big losing slumps or big winning streaks. Dusty Baker can probably be given the credit for this more than anyone. That this slump happened in May is acceptable and understandable, especially considering the number of injuries that's happened to the pitching staff. Losing 2 to the Indians, 2 of 3 to the Phillies and 3 of 4 to the Braves with 4 of those losses by one run has been a run where later in the season it will have been a learning lesson for those who were around it, basically the entire 40-man roster and then some.
With June now here, everyone gets a fresh start. The season truly begins in June (REDS start Hole #7 by taking 2 of 3 from the Brewers). There won't be another TRIPLE-BOGEY this season. To remind everyone once again, (5-Wins, 4-Losses) is "PAR" for a hole, as that leads to 90-Wins, 62-Losses on the season, close enough so that 3 or 4 under ought to get us into the playoffs.
I've always said that one shouldn't judge a Manager during April or May, as there are literally 1000's and 1000's of ideas that he must consider during those first two months of the season. It's an evaluation time. It's time to get everyone some innings pitched, some at-bats, so that one can see where the team is as a whole. It's not only beneficial to the players and Manager, but it's extremely valuable to the General Manager. Now it's time to define the team and to go with the best players. Egos aside now as those who are producing should get the playing time from here on out. Dusty has already made a huge adjustment, moving Bruce into the #4 hole. It's pretty obvious that Gomes shouldn't be starting and maybe not even platooning on a regular basis. Fred Lewis and Chris Heisey should probably get as many at-bats as Gomes and it's looking like Heisey will cut into Drew Stubbs' playing time in Center. Anyway, this isn't a thread for going over the club, but a reminder that it's a long season and to not put too much weight into what's happened the first two months of the season. It only matters what happens from June on. And, if they avoid any more TRIPLE-BOGEYS, and hopefully, DOUBLE-BOGEYS, too, then they should be able to get back into the playoffs by the end of the year by getting PARS and BIRDIES.
After 6 Holes: (3-OVER).
Hole #1: BIRDIE (6W-3L)
Hole #2: DOUBLE-BOGEY (3W-6L)
Hole #3: PAR (5W-4L)
Hole #4: BIRDIE (6W-3L)
Hole #5: PAR (5W-4L)
Hole #6: TRIPLE-BOGEY (2W-7L)