Could be interesting in Denver
Good day from Denver, where the Reds are poised to begin a four-game series vs. the Rockies. Of course, it’s not a stretch to say this is an important series for the Reds. With a 60-60 record, they all are.
Last-place of the NL West Colorado, now without Troy Tulowitzki for the rest of the season, is 46-74 and struggling mightily with three-straight losses and 14 losses in the last 17 games. Still — things always can get a little wacky at Coors Field, so about anything is possible.
Obviously there could be a lot of offense here at this altitude even as the Reds have limped along with their bats. The ballpark’s expanse could also help get Billy Hamilton re-ignited. This would be an ideal ballpark for Hamilton to get his first big league inside-the-park home run.
Here are a couple of recent memorable outcomes:
In 2013, the Reds dropped two of three games despite scoring 18 runs in the series. Colorado scored 19.
In 2012, a scorching-hot Reds team capped a 10-game winning streak here with a three-game sweep…outscoring the Rockies by a 19-9 margin.
In 2010, the Reds were swept four in a row. That Sept. 9 finale was infamous for Chris Nelson stealing home on righty reliever Nick Masset in the eighth inning for the winning run.
It’s getting rather late for the treading water by the Reds to continue but it’s still far from over for these Reds. Skip Schumaker wisely pointed out after Wednesday’s loss that the team is still very much alive.
“I was 11 games down in September one time and we came back,” Schumaker said, referring to the 2011 Cardinals that won the World Series as a Wild Card team. “We’re a ways away from that. A lot of teams are still in it, including us. With our pitching and Brandon [Phillips] on his way back, I like where we are. As bad as we’ve played, we’re still right in the thick of things which is a positive thing.”
On the other hand, they better move it. To get to 90 wins, the Reds would have to go 30-12 the rest of the way. To get a slightly more realistic 85-win season would mean going 25-17 while hoping three teams in the NL Central nosedive or other Wild Card contenders plummet.
— Sam LeCure (@mrLeCure) August 14, 2014