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Reds fall 10-9 to Mets, get swept in four-game series

Jul 28, 2011, 6:12 PM EDT

Dusty Baker Reuters

Jason Bay hadn’t doubled in 51 games before finally getting one when the Mets beat the Reds on Monday.  He hit two more on Thursday, leading the Mets to a 10-9 victory that completed a four-game sweep in Cincinnati.

The Reds fell five games under .500 at 50-55 with the loss.  They have the 19th-best record of the 30 teams in baseball.  They four games worse than a Mets team that has already shed Francisco Rodriguez and Carlos Beltran.  Yet, because they’re in the NL Central, the Reds can’t see themselves as sellers just yet.

Because while the Reds are in fourth place in the Central, they’re just 6 1/2 games behind a Brewers team that has lost Rickie Weeks.  The Cardinals, in second, just took a downgrade in center field that could prove terribly costly if Lance Berkman gets hurt again.  The Pirates, in third, are the Pirates, in third.

The Reds do need to shake things up a bit, though.  They already made one move this week, shipping Jonny Gomes to Washington and calling up former first-round pick Yonder Alonso.  They could go further by trading Ramon Hernandez and bringing up top prospect Devon Mesoraco.

Unfortunately, there isn’t much to do about the rotation besides hope for the best.  The Reds entered spring training with perhaps the deepest rotation picture in baseball: Bronson Arroyo, Johnny Cueto, Edinson Volquez, Homer Bailey, Travis Wood, Mike Leake, Sam LeCure and Matt Maloney.  Who possibly could have guessed that Dontrelle Willis would be one of their five starters come July?  Bailey entered the day as one of the team’s two starters with a sub-4.00 ERA.  Then he went and gave up nine runs to the Mets.

In any other division, the Reds would likely be dead in the water.  In the NL Central, they pretty much have to attempt to stay in the race.  On paper, they’re still right there with the Brewers and Cardinals, and if they prove incapable of hanging with those teams, then Dusty Baker is going to have plenty to answer for at season’s end.

  1. scatterbrian - Jul 28, 2011 at 7:04 PM

    This headline needs work

    • Matthew Pouliot - Jul 28, 2011 at 7:18 PM

      I didn’t like it much either.

  2. quizguy66 - Jul 28, 2011 at 7:48 PM

    1st time the Mets ever swept a 4-game serious in Cincinnati.

    -QG

  3. firemarshal1 - Jul 28, 2011 at 7:56 PM

    Fire Dusty, the players need a motivator. A coach who knows baseball, who doesn’t get outsmarted every game. The Milwaukee series before the All Star break, broke the camel’s back. Let’s put in the same closer, to lose THREE STRAIGHT IN A ROW. The players were dejected, now lack any confidence. A good manager teaches and shows his players how to be winners, not losers. Oh let’s bunt with TWO strikes with one out, and runner on third! Not! OMG!

  4. paperlions - Jul 28, 2011 at 8:05 PM

    Well, it’s a good thing the Reds rotation is shaping up after that slow start to begin the year.

  5. rodericksilva - Jul 28, 2011 at 8:15 PM

    what happened to them picking up Shields from Tampa?

  6. Reggie's Bush - Jul 29, 2011 at 12:01 AM

    It wasn’t Dusty’s fault, blame the Metropolitan’s bats! Even Jason Bay decided to show up today.

    But honestly I watched the 1st 3 games at home, couldnt see the today’s as it was a day game and I was working, but the Reds are terrible in the field. Official scorer gave Cincy fielders A LOT of leeway – their outfield straight up butchered plays, Votto Phillips and Cairo decided to join in and give these games to the Mets with errors and misplays.

    • metalhead65 - Jul 29, 2011 at 1:14 AM

      before this series they were one of the better defensive teams in the game,just goes to show that they have given up for the season and don’t care anymore. that will happen when you have a manager who does not have a clue.before this series the starting pitching had been good but you could not tell because baker always and I do mean always leaves them in 1 inning to long.no matter who is on the mound it is always the same,gone 6 and and thrown 100 or more pitches? no problem get back out there and then watch as they walk the first guy then give up hits to the next 2 guys to bring him home and give up the lead. now he takes him out of the game.bad enough when he does it to cueto but when he leaves Arroyo out there when going 5 is a quality start for him it is just beyond stupid.

      • spudchukar - Jul 29, 2011 at 2:26 PM

        The Reds starting staff has logged the fewest innings of any NL team.

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