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Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

May 19, 2013, 8:54 AM EDT

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Because the Cardinals have been just as hot and currently hold the top spot in the National League Central standings, the Reds’ run of success over the past couple of weeks has flown somewhat under the radar.

Cincinnati was at it again on Saturday evening at Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park, routing the host Phillies by a score of 10-0. Joey Votto reached base in all six of his plate appearances, pushing his batting line to .346/.473/.531. Bronson Arroyo tossed 7 2/3 scoreless innings and now has a 1.86 ERA in three May starts. Even Jay Bruce, who had well-documented struggles in April, is starting to come alive this month with a .999 OPS and 16 RBI in 14 games.

The Reds, 26-17 overall, have won 13 of their last 17 games and trail St. Louis by only a game and a half in the NL Central. That should be an excellent back-and-forth all year.

Your Saturday box scores and recaps:

Mariners 4, Indians 5

Blue Jays 2, Yankees 7

Mets 2, Cubs 8

Rays 10, Orioles 6

White Sox 9, Angels 12

Reds 10, Phillies 0

Astros 4, Pirates 2 (11 innings)

Red Sox 12, Twins 5

Dodgers 1, Braves 3

Diamondbacks 1, Marlins 0

Brewers 6, Cardinals 4 (10 innings)

Tigers 2, Rangers 7

Giants 2, Rockies 10

Nationals 1, Padres 2

Royals 1, Athletics 2

  1. mungman69 - May 19, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    The Phillies can’t hit, their bullpen is a joke ( except Papalbon ), they don’t have the slightest idea who their #4 and #5 starters are and their old guys have no range in the field. And they are still in striking distance. What’s wrong with Atlanta and Washington.

    • deathmonkey41 - May 19, 2013 at 10:26 AM

      Chooch needs to talk to Big Papi about what masking agent he’s using.

    • natslady - May 19, 2013 at 10:29 AM

      Atlanta is a flawed team, and the flaws are showimg. It will get worse before it gets better with injuries to that previously lockdown bullpen.

      Nats were strong on paoer in every area, but injuries (and bad luck) have revealed lack of depth and poor performance by minor players. You don’t expect a lot but you expect SOMETHING. Also, Davey’s decisions lately have not worked. I am of the school that does not think the manager wins games, but when the margins are that close, his decisions do influence games and he IS having a bad strrak right now. Not just pulling Gio, but in-game moves he should routinely make, such as defensive substitutions and putting in a pinch runner are not being made.

      • manchestermiracle - May 19, 2013 at 7:50 PM

        Braves look just fine as long as they play the Dodgers.

  2. Old Gator - May 19, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    Well, we’re sitting in the Detroit airport waiting for our connecting flight back to Macondo. We would have had a nice view of the lake and Windsor on our approach, except for all the detroitus in the air. So it goes. While we were enjoying the clean mountain air and ODing on quaint in the Berkshires, the Feesh were finding innovative ways to lose ballgames, becoming the first team in fifty years to lose a game on nothing but a first peetch home run. The Feesh were treated to their eighth shutout of the young season, managing three exciting hits – out of their deeply held belief in conservation of effort, having scored no runs on eleven hits two nights earlier and recognizing, to their credit, how much less valuable energy they’d have to expend scoring no runs on only three.

    In the process, they fell a game ahead of the Astros, who won after a brief mutual death grip on the Feesh, in their determined plunge towards worst record in baseball and baseball-like diversions (ie, designatedhitterball). I suspect that this contest for the pit will prove to be the most eenteresting aspect of the Feesh’s season, and will probably fleepflop a few times – like a feesh out of water – before the home team finally sinks into the bottom sediment among the rain of the famous decaying organic matter, like decomposing fragments of krill, shit from charter feeshing boat heads, algae that has lost its reason for oxygenating the atmosphere, whale carcasses and magnesium nodules at season’s end.

    In other news, John Rauch and his 7.56 ERA were designated for Soylent Grand Guignol (he’ll be processed in his Feesh uniform, complete with its gonorrhea-colored M). I did catch an hilarious article in the Macondo Feeshwrapper during a flicker of detectable wifi signal high in the Berkshires that the team has not yet called a closed-door meeting as it accelerates towards 32 ft. per sec/per sec. An unnamed player who was asked about this replied, “What is there to meet about? We know what the problem is.”

    Really.

    Also, attendance for one of the games – Friday, I think – was 13,000 and change, the smallest number to which the team has actually admitted so far.

    Delta calls, and we obey. Fellow Eloi, line up for boarding.

    • unclemosesgreen - May 19, 2013 at 10:37 AM

      Baseball would be much better if it were structured along the lines of the English Premiership. I’m talking about independent minor league teams, a limited number of team-owned “junior teams” and most importantly, Relegation.

      Top 2 teams from AAA get promoted, and the next four have a totally entertaining set of playoffs to see who gets promoted to the final open spot in MLB.

      Scrooge McLoria’s binge and purge cycles would be more dicey if there were a chance that they could fall through the trap door into AAA. If that were the rule now in MLB, L.A. Angels fans could be freaking out that they are not only not close to the playoffs, but currently below the relegation line! Every game takes on more importance, every firesale needs to be weighed against the loss of MLB revenues … think about it.

      • abaird2012 - May 19, 2013 at 10:58 AM

        As has been noted elsewhere on this site, not gonna happen. The networks aren’t about to make a mega-million dollar deal to broadcast an MLB team’s games only to see said MLB team demoted to MiLB.

      • unclemosesgreen - May 19, 2013 at 11:53 AM

        I can’t argue with you. I’m just fantasizing here. In my fantasy, there would only be long term tv money for clubs that had a track record of spending contract money wisely and well. The Scrooge McLoria’s of the world would get short term tv contracts, or contracts with out clauses should they ever be relegated.

        In other words, I’m fantasizing an incentive structure which discourages crap like the Marlins have pulled now many times over. The current structure incentivizes this callous disregard for fanbase and even non-fan tax-base in the case of publicly-funded stadiums.

    • unclemosesgreen - May 19, 2013 at 10:43 AM

      Oh, and of course, kudos for combining Soylent Green, the Grand Guignol and gonorrhea into one brief sentence about the ineffective Jon Rauch.

      I’ve read some interweb lit crit on B.M. – a few personal observations: The Kid wasn’t the Judge’s type, much too old by the end. My own imagining was that the kid was done by knife, over quite some time, and decoratively.

      • Old Gator - May 19, 2013 at 3:02 PM

        A friend of mine agrees with critic Peter Josyph: he got et.

      • unclemosesgreen - May 20, 2013 at 8:50 AM

        I wouldn’t call Peter Josyph a critic, I’d call him a polymath.

    • indaburg - May 19, 2013 at 12:11 PM

      I knew there was a disturbance in the force in Florida. Something felt off. I thought it was my illness but nope, you were out of state. Have a good flight. Don’t do anything I wouldn’t do.

      • Old Gator - May 19, 2013 at 3:01 PM

        I’m running out of ideas for things you wouldn’t do.

  3. Kevin S. - May 19, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    Yanks are getting to the point where even if they turn into the low-to-mid-80s win team most people thought they would be coming into the season the rest of the way out, they’d still win 90 games and make the playoffs. And considering those projections almost all had the Yankees being horrible until they got their players back, I’m not so sure it’s fair to assume they’ll regress to that level of play.

    • uyf1950 - May 19, 2013 at 10:45 AM

      My friend,June projects to be the most difficult for the Yankees in terms of the teams they are scheduled to play. If the Yankees can finish off their remaining 12 games this month by going 7-5 or better yet 8-4 that would have them at minimally at 34-21 possibly 35-20 then play even just .500 ball in June going say 14-13 that would have them at 47-35 +/- 1 game heading into the last 3 months of the regular season, 78 games . With 2 of those months being a relatively light schedule opponent wise..Without even being overly optimistic the Yankees should easily be a 90 plus winning team this season. I realize I have made several assumptions but based on the Yankees play so far I don’t think my assumptions are unreasonable.

      • Kevin S. - May 19, 2013 at 10:54 AM

        No, I don’t think so either. I was taking a conservative lean on the Yankees’ prospects going forward – they absolutely have the upside to be a high-90s win team right now, if everything goes right from here out.

  4. paperlions - May 19, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Say you come to bat in the bottom of the 9th in a tied game, bases loaded, 2 out. John Axford on the mound who has just walked the last 2 batters on 9 pitches. Do you swing at the first pitch?

    Daniel Descalso (eagerly raising hand): “Yes!”

    Sorry Danny, but that is the wrong answer. It is especially wrong coming from a guy that can barely hit.

    Descalso had one of the most embarrassing PAs in recent memory by bailing out a pitcher that couldn’t find the strike zone. He struck out on 5 pitches, none of which were close to the zone. Even a little league kid would make the pitcher throw a strike in that situation.

  5. thomas844 - May 19, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    So many people want to talk about the Nationals, Braves, Dodgers, and Giants, but so many people overlook the NL Central, which as of now is definitely the toughest and most competitive division in the NL and maybe even the majors (toss up between that and the AL East). Thank you Drew for bringing attention to the great competition in the NL Central.

    • manchestermiracle - May 19, 2013 at 7:55 PM

      Nobody’s talking about the Dodgers, except for the occasional chuckle at a $200 million disappointment, in the same year the Yankees get financially stringent and yet are doing fairly well.

  6. janessa31888 - May 19, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    Chris Perez was booed loudly after giving up back to back jacks and blowing the save, but the scrappy tribe (and an off target throw that pulled the catcher off the plate) bailed him out. Poor Zach. He deserved the win.

  7. randygnyc - May 19, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    Unclemoses- that would decimate the values of half of the MLB franchises. Why would owners risk paying $500 million or more to buy a team with these added risks? The answer is they wouldn’t. And it’s these very same owners that would have to approve these very same drastic changes.

    • unclemosesgreen - May 19, 2013 at 1:22 PM

      Randy – it would sabotage the market for the bottom half, but would solidify the investment grade of the top clubs.

      Also – imagine the arbitrage opportunity of buying a minor league club!

  8. stlducks - May 19, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    Couldn’t agree with you more paperlion..i was going crazy watching DD bat. I am sick of him this year and would not mind getting rid of him and giving someone else a shot. He’s defense is getting as bad as his hitting.

  9. dirtyharry1971 - May 19, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    Thanks to Gibbons for pointing out the obvious….

    Toronto has lost 23 of its last 28 games at Yankee Stadium.
    “Yankee Stadium is always a tough place to play, regardless,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. “They’ve taken it to us pretty good here.”

    • Old Gator - May 19, 2013 at 3:00 PM

      I think a more appropriate comment from Gibbons would have been “Show them my head. It will be worth it.”

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