The first half of the baseball season came to a close this week. Unfortunately for the Reds, it was the worst first half in team history by number of losses (it was their 4th worst first half by winning percentage). On a positive note, the Reds went 2-1 in the three games they played this week against Milwaukee.
Lets get to this week’s All-Star Game shortened Reds Report.
1. This week Billy Hamilton kept doing Billy Hamilton things.
– Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) July 17, 2016
On Sunday afternoon Hamilton broke a 0-0 tie in the bottom of the 9th when he scored on a passed ball. Earlier in the inning he stole the 150th base of his career.
Hamilton also flashed his other worldly speed on Friday. He scored from second base on a fielders choice, and topped out at 22 mph in the process.
– Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) July 16, 2016
2. Cincinnati only played three games this week due to MLB’s Home Run Derby/All-Star Game. Adam Duvall represented the Reds in the Derby and had a good showing. The Reds left fielder won his first round matchup against the Padres’ Wil Myers. However, Duvall couldn’t overcome last season’s defending champion Todd Frazier in the semi-finals. Adam Berry of MLB.com broke down Duvall’s performance.
– Canyonside Cages (@DavidRing4) July 16, 2016
Giancarlo Stanton of the Marlins won the Home Run Derby with a mind blowing 61 combined home runs.
Duvall and Jay Bruce represented the Reds in Tuesday’s All-Star Game. Duvall went 0-1 with a walk, and Bruce went 0-2 with two strikeouts.
3. Speaking of the All-Star Game, one of the stars of the night was the players footwear. C. Trent Rosecrans broke down Duvall and Bruce’s shoe game.
4. It’s obvious that the rebuild is under way in Cincinnati, and Wick Terrell of Red Reporter took some time to assess the state of the project. Check out the linked article to read up on the condition of the lineup, starting rotation, and bullpen. How does he feel about the rebuild up to this point?
“A few more trades, some more available playing time for the newer pieces in the system, and a half-decent break or two, and there’s at least enough around now to see that 2018 just might be an OK year again.”
At this point I’d gladly take an “OK year.”
5. Something went wrong with the jumbotron in Cincinnati on Sunday. Apparently trying to fix a jumbotron looks a lot like me trying to fix my Nintendo in the early 90’s.
They have turned the big screen off and back on. No luck.
– Zach Buchanan (@ZachENQ) July 17, 2016
Can someone in the top deck in left just bang on the side of the jumbotron a few times
– Zach Buchanan (@ZachENQ) July 17, 2016
Did someone try blowing in it?
Since the first half of the baseball season just ended it’s a good time to take a look back at some highlights from 2016. On Sunday I took to Twitter to ask Reds fans what their most memorable moments of the season were up to this point.
The responses that came in do a pretty good job encapsulating how this season has gone in Cincinnati.
Memorable Moment #1
@Ericdroseberry the first week
– Braydon Allen (@BraydonAllen) July 17, 2016
Cincinnati was one of the early surprises of the baseball season. They jumped out to a 5-1 start giving some fans hope that things wouldn’t be as bad as initially thought.
However, fans quickly realized things were as bad as they thought. The good vibes of the first week were quickly replaced by the long, slow, soul-crushing feeling of sliding to the bottom of the standings.
Memorable Moment #2
That one time when Devin Mesoraco played. https://t.co/3lQdHyv3vW
– Wick Terrell (@wickterrell) July 17, 2016
Unfortunately injuries to key players have been a defining characteristic of this season. Fans were hopeful Devin Mesoraco would become a fixture in the middle of the order following his breakout 2014 season. Mesoraco only played in 23 games in 2015, and this season he only made it 16 games before undergoing season ending surgery for a torn labrum.
Mesoraco hasn’t been the only injury to set the Reds back. Homer Bailey is still rehabbing from Tommy John surgery he underwent in 2015. He’s made several rehab starts in the minors, but is yet to appear for the Reds this season. Cincinnati had to know they would struggle this season, but missing two key contributors for this many games hasn’t made things any easier.
Memorable Moment #3
@Ericdroseberry I thought Cody Reed’s goggle strap was a ponytail when he made his debut.
– Corey Smith (@Corey0Smith) July 17, 2016
During spring training fans started to get excited about pitching prospect Cody Reed. Not only did he show flashes of dominance, but he also reintroduced the world to the croakie. No, that’s not a pony tail. That’s an intimidating glasses strap that ensures Reed can always find his eyewear.
Reed has struggled during his time in the big leagues (8.39 ERA), but many are still convinced he’ll be an integral part of the Reds rotation moving forward.
Who wore it better?
Memorable Moment #4
When the game is over. https://t.co/VLAsp9GxuH
– WoooooTheReds (@WoooooTheReds) July 17, 2016
When your favorite team has one of the worst records in baseball there are a few things that can bring comfort. One of those things is the knowledge that the game will end at some point. The other is bourbon.
Memorable Moment #5
The Cardinals struggles. https://t.co/3Br1DzLYaF
– T.J. Lewis (@tjlewis03) July 17, 2016
The Reds aren’t in first, but neither are the Cardinals. I guess that’s a silver lining?
Those are the five most memorable moments of the Reds season according to Twitter. Maybe I shouldn’t have asked.
At least Cincinnati is getting closer and closer to that #1 pick!
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