I have to admit, when I first saw Dusty Baker’s lineup for Thursday I figured he was just conceding the game so the Reds could get a headstart to Pittsburgh, because Pittsburgh is… nice? No, that’s not the word I’m looking for. Dusty will tell you he wanted to get the bench players some playing time. You choose which explanation you like better.
The Reds put up a measly 3 hits against Jeff Samardzija on Wednesday. I really don’t know how teams haven’t figured this guy out yet, but I’ll give credit where credit is due—he’s pitched well so far. Thursday was another display of futility by the Reds as they entered the 9th with only 3 hits. That’s a grand total of 6 hits (and 1 run) in 17 innings.
Then the Carlos Marmol Experience took the mound and quickly walked everyone except the guy who sells those lemon freeze things. In other words, the Reds were fortunate to win that game. All that victory does is cover up the fact that the Reds were completely hopeless against the Cubs–a team they have no business looking hopeless against if they’re trying to convince us that they’re going to be a contender this year. It also covers up the fact that Homer Bailey gave up 3 homers to a team that came into the game with only 9 homers TOTAL.
2/3 of this home-stand was supposed to be easy: Astros, Cubs… come on! It doesn’t get much easier than that.
If the Reds struggle against the Pirates this weekend, it’s officially time to start questioning what’s going on.