99-63 WS champs (Cards take 2nd WC, Mil 3rd, Pit 4th, Chi 5th)
Bruce/Votto neck and neck MVP race (neither takes it)
Bailey CYA winner
Hamilton ROY & GG
Starters carried this team in May and early part of July..... now it's the offense turn since the AS Break to carry the team...and they have.
However....this winning without Votto and Phillips is going to end soon and it might be hard to watch if the starters continue to be up and down like they have been.
"Man, the pitch looks fast, even in slow motion." Thom Brennaman on Chapman's fastball.
Hanigan strikes out looking. Another pitch that was outside.
Heisey hitting for Arredondo
"You only have to bat a thousand in two things; flying and heart transplants. Everything else you can go 4-for-5."
Kind of odd Dusty didn't let Jose hit for himself here and pitch another inning.
Only the fifth inning, nobody on, two out.
Simon is warming up
Heisey strikes out swinging. 4-2 Pirates after 5.
I'm just not seeing how such criticism of Homer is warranted. I can understand disappointment in this game and the last one, but basically declaring him a afterthought or mediocre option after 2 bad starts in a row in a good year is pretty silly.
"Since I've been with the Reds in 1989, we've never had a farm system this loaded," Bowden said. "If we were the New York Yankees and had unlimited dollars, we could have traded for Colon, (Jeff) Weaver, Rolen, (Cliff) Floyd, (Kenny) Rogers and Finley and gotten them all -- and still held onto our top five prospects. That's an amazing statement."
Reds have two front of the rotation guys, Cueto and Latos.
Two middle of the rotation guys, Arroyo and Bailey,
One back of the rotation guy, Leake.
That's better than I expected when the season started.