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The Month in Review (June): Keep the Car Running

July 1, 2010

June was the most stressful month of the season (so far). Lots of close games (some resulting in loses), a few incredibly bad games, a few bad pitching outings (usually involving Aaron Harang), and the Reds inability to pull away from the Cardinals.

But we’re still in 1st place on July 1. 

CATCHER 

Ryan Hanigan is still on the DL, and Corky Miller is somewhat of a non-factor when he plays, so this really comes down to Ramon Hernandez. The guy hit .284 in June, which is perfectly acceptable considering he handled the bulk of the catching duties. 


  

1ST BASE 

Joey Votto is awesome. Joey Votto is awesome. Joey Votto is awesome. Joey Votto is awesome. Joey Votto is awesome. Joey Votto is awesome. Joey Votto is awesome. Joey Votto is awesome. Joey Votto is awesome. 

 

2ND BASE 

Brandon Phillips is awesome. Brandon Phillips is awesome. Brandon Phillips is awesome. Brandon Phillips is awesome. Brandon Phillips is awesome. Brandon Phillips is awesome. Brandon Phillips is awesome.  

 

3RD BASE 

Scott Rolen is awesome. Scott Rolen is awesome.  Scott Rolen is awesome. Scott Rolen is awesome.  Scott Rolen is awesome. Scott Rolen is awesome. Scott Rolen is awesome. Scott Rolen is awesome. 

I really hope this guy can stay healthy, because he is just as important to this team as Joey Votto

 

SHORTSTOP 

Orlando Cabrera Pops Out continues to steal playing time from Paul Janish (who played a whopping 12 at-bats in June). 

Is Cabrera terrible? Yes (see: .204 average in June). So, why is Janish on the roster if Baker is never going to play him? I have no idea.   

 

   

OUTFIELD 

We’re watching Jay Bruce get all growns up right before our very eyes and, boy, is it fun to watch. 

Have we seen everything we’re going to see out of Jonny Gomes? I hope not, but he was pretty feable int he latter-half of June. We need his bat (and his crazy antics) to keep this team at the top. 

Drew Stubbs cooled the Earth’s temperate by 2-degrees in June with all of his strikeout swings. If it wasn’t for his five stolen bases in the month, I’m not sure I’d have much use for the guy. 

Meanwhile, Laynce Nix continues to forge a great friendship with Paul Janish on the bench. I am by no means suggesting that Nix is the answer, but throw him out there every once and a while and see what happens.  

The last thing we need to do is rely on the return of Chris Dickerson. 

 

STARTING PITCHING 

Mike Leake started off incredibly strong but really started to fade as the month went on. See a pitcher fade in June is usually not a good sign. With Homer Bailey on the shelf for the immediate future, Sam LeCure was asked to step up. But LeCure mostly sat down — going 0-4 for the month.  

Bronson Arroyo and Johnny Cueto are the anchors of this rotation. With a seemingly ready-to-go Edinson Volquez on his way up in the next week or two, I think the Reds are in good shape for the second half.  

Assuming they can trade Harang and replace him with… oh, I don’t know — Dan Haren or Cliff Lee. 

 

BULLPEN 

Daniel Ray Herrera was sent down to AAA Louisville (Lew-ih-vul) to make way for the arrival of Travis Wood. Hopefully Herrera can figure things out down there. Meanwhile, Nick Masset and Logan Ondrusek need to hold down the fort. 

And we’ll see if Bill Bray can make any positive contributions to the team.    


  

CLOSER 

Francisco Cordero continues to cause heart palpatations for all Reds fans. For the most part he gets the job done, but he scares the living crap out of me every time he takes the mound. 

There is literally no scenerio where I’m calm when Cordero is pitching. 


  

DUSTY BAKER 

It’s tough to complain about Captain Toothpick when the Reds are in first place. Sure, I question his decision (or lack of decision) about Paul Janish, but there’s also an odd-man-out on the bench. 

 

OVERALL 

June Record: (14-13) 

Their overall record wasn’t great, but they’re still in first place (I just like typing that). The bottom line is that the Reds should consider themselves very fortunate that they were able to play a game over .500 and not be five games behind the Cardinals. 

 

This Month in Review is in no way sponsored or endorsed by Skyline Chili (or the inferior Gold Star Chili). What do I look like, some kind of sell-out?

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