We know we saw something incredible ó a few incredible things ó Saturday night in Chase Field.
Most incredibly, we saw pitcher Micah Owings (he plays for the Reds now, you know?) rip a run-scoring pinch-hit double in the 10th inning to lift the Reds to a 3-2 victory over the Diamondbacks.
We know that Owings, formerly with the Diamondbacks, joined the Reds Friday to complete the trade of Adam Dunn to Arizona and we know manager Dusty Baker said, "Owings probably won't pitch the rest of this year, but I might use him as a pinch-hitter."
And so he did. And so the Reds won.
We know that Owings spent nearly a month with a sore shoulder, which is why when Baker was asked, "When will Owings pitch for the Reds," Baker said, "Next year."
So how much has Owings swung a bat in that month? "I took batting practice yesterday and today," said Owings. "They wouldn't let me swing during the treatment for my shoulder."
Nearly a half hour after his hit, Owings said, "I still haven't comprehended what I just did. But it means a lot. I was grateful for the opportunity. I thought it might hook foul, but it stayed fair."
"When I told him in the 10th that he might hit, he couldn't wait to hit and he came through big-time," said Baker. "How ironic is that he he came through like that in his first game back here?"
I miss Adam Dunn.
I don't know too much about Owings, but the obvious question is why he isn't being converted to left field? He looked better up there than most of the Reds' right handed hitters.
I wasn't joking with what I said in the beginning of the thread, he is easily the best candidate the Reds have to be a slugging LF.
Stick him out there and see how he does ... it is a no-brainer.
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Maybe he'll end up pitching and hitting. There were rumors AZ was thinking about having him play 1B a couple days a week. Very intriguing baseball athlete. But I think the jury's out on how to handle him until they get a good read on how he bounces back from his shoulder injury.I don't know too much about Owings, but the obvious question is why he isn't being converted to left field? He looked better up there than most of the Reds' right handed hitters.
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I can see him being a backup 1B...emergency OF.....it's like having an extra GOOD bench player....instead of wasting time on a veteran that sucks. Also allows for less whining as to why that bad said veteran is on the team and why Baker loves them vets and when is he going to be released.
Michaw Owings....the Red's version of Don Newcombe circa 1959.
So if he pitches for the Reds in 2009, and plays some OF or 1B here and there, what's the breakdown of the roster look like?
Do we carry 1 more pitcher, or 1 less pitcher?
It surprises me that an AL team didn't go very hard after Owings. Imagine him pitching and then DHing. His dual role would be even more valuable. I'm happy the Reds have him, though. From what I've seen so far of Castillo, with Owings potential and a wild card in the low minors in Buck I like the trade more than ever compared to draft choices.
He looks to be a really good hitter - for a pitcher. My guess is that if he played on a regular basis, he wouldn't be that good. We see him in pinch hitting appearancs and when he's pitching and it's just a limited sample size. Like how everyone thinks Javy is a good pinch hitter cause he was good 2 years ago.
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For the record, Owings had a 1.189 OPS during his senior year at Tulane. I don't think his bat is a fluke.