Do you remember that coming in to this week the Reds had a winning record in June? The offense looked like it was clicking. The pitching had been way better. There were genuine reasons to be optimistic.
I wouldn’t fault you for not remembering. This was a different kind of week. The Reds went 2-4 over the past seven days, and many of the teams early season struggles came to the surface again. Cincinnati split two games with Texas, but dropped three out of four to the Padres.
What went wrong? Lets get to the Reds Report for June 26.
1. On a positive note, Adam Duvall won’t stop hitting home runs. Here was a two-run shot from Thursday night.
– Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) June 24, 2016
Duvall is currently tied with three other hitters (Nolan Arenado, Mark Trumbo, and Todd Frazier) for the major league lead in home runs with 21.
2. Once again Jay Bruce was the best hitter in Cincinnati’s lineup for the week. His production this season has gone a long way toward reestablishing his trade value, and other teams are taking notice. Specifically, the San Francisco Giants recently inquired about the Reds right fielder. Wick Terrell broke down the news over at Red Reporter.
Bruce did his best to carry the load for the offense over the weekend.
– Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) June 25, 2016
3. This weekend Pete Rose was the topic of conversation around Cincinnati. On Saturday the controversial star was inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame and his number was retired. Alyson Footer of MLB.com recapped the festivities, and spoke with the other players in attendance about Rose’s impact.
Pete Rose had a a lot of big moments throughout his career. Who could forget this one?
4. In honor of Cincinnati’s 1976 team, the Reds rocked these throwbacks on Friday night.
– Chris Creamer (@sportslogosnet) June 25, 2016
5. However, the celebration of teams from the past reminded some of the cruel reality of the present.
The 2016 team actually took the field instead of the 1976 Big Red Machine
– John Fischesser (@JohnFischesser) June 25, 2016
6. Maybe you haven’t been following the Reds that closely this year. What you need is one video that sums up the entire season in about thirty seconds. Eugenio Suarez provided that this week:
– Cut4 (@Cut4) June 22, 2016
That wasn’t good enough? How about this one from Saturday?
Everything is great, why do you ask? https://t.co/TjD3tlzlAD
– RT Ohio (@RT_Ohio) June 25, 2016
7. How about some good news? Homer Bailey will restart his comeback from Tommy John surgery this week. C. Trent Rosecrans broke down the latest developments. Bailey will pitch two innings for Triple-A Louisville on Monday. If everything goes well he could be back in Cincinnati by the last week of July. In 2014 the Reds signed Bailey to a six year, $105 million contract. He is a key component of the rebuild, and the team is hoping to have him back at the top of their rotation soon.
8. Two important pieces of the Reds pitching staff returned this week. Raisel Iglesias and Michael Lorenzen both returned from injuries to bolster Cincinnati’s bullpen. Zach Buchanan had all the details.
9. The week did end on a positive note. On Sunday Anthony DeSclafani pitched eight shutout innings to help the Reds beat the Padres 3-0. It was a great performance that fans can be excited about heading in to a new week.
10. In non-Reds news: On Saturday former Kentucky Wildcat A.J. Reed made his debut for the Houston Astros. Reed started at DH and went 0-2 with 2 runs, 1 RBI, and 2 walks. Vince Lara-Cinisomo of Baseball America broke down what you can expect from Reed now that he’s reached the majors.
This week the Reds will host the Chicago Cubs for a three game series starting on Monday. On Thursday they’ll head to Washington for a four game set with the Nationals.
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