Headed to SF
As I wait at my gate for a flight pondering why I can’t get direct service from CVG to San Francisco (it’s not like SF is a tiny burg or anything), I’m pondering what this in-progress road trip could mean for the Reds.
Right now, the Reds are one of the hottest teams in baseball. They are 5-0-1 over their last six series and over .500 again at 39-38 heading into the four-game stop at the Giants. A 7-3 or 6-4 road trip could definitively get the thoughts of the team “selling” before the Trade Deadline out of people’s minds.
The last time the Reds faced a team that had a pitcher throw a no-hitter the day before (the Dodgers and Josh Beckett), the next guy (Hyun-Jun Ryu) took a perfect game into the eighth inning. That was last month. This seems to be an offensively motoring team compared to what we saw in Chavez Ravine and Arizona.
The Giants have also lost 11 of their last 15 games, even with Tim Lincecum’s second no-hitter yesterday. I’m eager to see how this series turns out. A split is a reasonable expectation at AT&T Park, but getting more would obviously be another confidence boost that further puts the .500 mark in the rear view.
The All-Star balloting is ongoing at MLB.com. When the team is announced next weekend, I’m expecting the Reds to have only two All-Stars. Usually fans and those who follow the team are prone to naming all the deserving guys only to see the selections be two less than expected. I’m just going to save some time.
The Reds’ All-Star locks in my mind are Johnny Cueto and Aroldis Chapman. Todd Frazier and Devin Mesoraco certainly have the numbers that make them worthy. Mesoraco, in particular, is foiled by a deep pool of quality NL catchers — Yadier Molina is certain to start. But there is also Buster Posey, Jonathan Lucroy and Evan Gattis that could named by the league or earn player votes.
When I asked Frazier on Sunday if he wanted to go, I liked that he said yes and why. Often players try to be conservative with their comments on stuff like that. The man wants to go, why not say so?
I guess we’ll see soon who is in and who is out. This was going to be a longer entry, but it’s already time to board. Catch you later this evening.