The other day on the radio with Marty Brennaman, I predicted the Reds would have three representatives and I was right on the count but missed on one guy. Instead of saying Jay Bruce, I felt like closer Francisco Cordero could go.
Yeah, it was a long shot because Cordero is nowhere close to the lead in saves. Today, he notched his 17th that is good for 11th in the NL. Brian Wilson has 24 saves while Heath Bell and Joel Hanrahan each have 23 and all three are going to Phoenix for the All-Star game.
Among closers, Cordero came into today with a league-best 0.85 WHIP (walks-hits per 9 innings). His ERA after Sunday is 1.49 and trails only Hanrahan. He also has 11 walks with 26 strikeouts over 36 1/3 innings
Cordero, a three-time All-Star, felt overlooked this year.
“To tell you the truth, it’s fairly disappointing,” Cordero said. “I know I don’t have a lot of saves. But overall, I have pretty good numbers. Last year, I understood I didn’t make it. I was leading the league with 24 saves last year and I didn’t make it because I had a high ERA. Now because I don’t have enough saves, I’m not on it. I’m disappointed. I’ll just do my job and continue to do what I’m doing, getting people out and trying to make the playoffs.”
“I thought I was going to make it but that’s how it is sometimes. Sometimes stuff like that happens. You have to be able to put it behind and continue to do what you’re doing. I’m happy for the three guys that made it. They deserve to be there too.”
Notes from the Reds’ 7-5 win over the Indians:
*Edgar Renteria notched the first home run this season for a Reds shortstop with his fifth-inning solo shot to the first row of right field seats. It was also the 900th career RBI for Renteria.
*Fred Lewis was 2-for-5 and is batting .424 (14-for-33) with seven RBIs in his last 13 games.
*Mike Leake (6 ip, 4 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 1 HR. 93 pitches/62 strikes) had retired 11 in a row until he issued walks in top 6th that would later score. Dusty Baker believed the heat and running the bases in the bottom of the fifth affected Leake in his final inning. Overall I felt it was a very good effort for Leake.
*The Reds finished the Ohio Cup series 1-5 vs. the Indians and 6-12 in Interleague Play. It’s all NL baseball from here and it starts with a huge road trip to St. Louis and Milwaukee. See you Monday from Busch Stadium.