The Reds got off to a quick start in route to their third consecutive win over the St. Louis Cardinals. The Reds began the first inning with back-to-back singles by Phillips and Votto. Later on in the inning, back-to-back doubles by Bruce and Byrd gave the Reds a 2-0 lead. Eugenio Suarez hit another single in the inning to give the Reds a 3-0 lead. That would prove to be all the runs the Reds would need.

The Cardinals cut the lead to 3-2 in the third inning on a Matt Carpenter 2-run home run. That was all Reds starter Anthony DeSclafani would allow. DeSclafani got the Reds through six innings with a 3-2 lead. DeSclafani put together one of his best starts of his young career, as he stuck out nine batters without allowing a walk.

Badenhop, Hoover (with the help of an incredible catch from Billy Hamilton), and Aroldis Chapman were able to hold the Cardinals scoreless in the 7th, 8th, and 9th, to secure a 3-2 win. The Reds have now won five of their last seven games.

Final R H E
Cincinnati Reds (48-56) 3 7 0
St. Louis Cardinals (67-39) 2 9 0
W: DeSclafani (7-7) L: Lackey (9-7) S: Chapman (23)
FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score | Game Thread

WPA reds cards

Player of the Game

Anthony DeSclafani: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 9 K, 0.13 WPA

Outside of a mistake to Matt Carpenter in the third inning, DeSclafani was absolutely outstanding tonight for the good guys. I am sure DeSclafani is getting close to his innings limit (which the Reds have not publicized). DeSclafani’s career innings high was last year when he pitched a total of 162.1 innings. He is currently at 126.0 innings.

DeSclafani’s first season with the Reds has to be considered a smashing success, and the trade of Latos for him was a huge win for the Reds. DeSclafani’s numbers on the year: 21 GS, 3.71 ERA, 3.88 FIP, 6.79 K/9, 3.39 BB/9, 0.79 HR/9. The most impressive number is his 0.79 HR/9. He didn’t pitch a lot in Miami, but that is huge for a guy switching from the big home Marlins park to the small GABP. Right now, he has to be considered the Reds ace, at least until Homer Bailey returns.

Positives

BILLY

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Billy Hamilton made one of the best catches of the year in the 8th inning. It was an important catch too, as it was the leadoff hitter (Jason Heyward) of the inning. It would have at least been a double, which would have been trouble for J.J. Hoover in 1-run game.

After having his 21-game on-base streak snapped on Saturday (then getting the day off Sunday), Joey Votto was back to being the on-base-machine. Votto reached base two more times (single and walk) on the night. His single in the first inning put him in some pretty elite company, as he had reached base in 60 of his last 100 PA at that point. It really is a beautiful thing to see Joey make cranky old Marty Brennaman look like a fool night after night. Marty of course said that Votto is “no longer one of the elite players in the game” back on July 5th. If you think I’m not going to continue to blast Marty night after night about this…..well, I’m sorry.

Brandon Phillips had a 2-hit night.

Aroldis Chapman is just nasty.

Negatives

Todd Frazier’s second half struggles continue. Frazier went 0 for 4 on the night. He grounded into a double-play with runner on 1st & 2nd in the first inning, and also struck out later in the game. Frazier entered today hitting just .180/.250/.344 with a 61 wRC+ since the All-Star break. Let’s hope this is just a slump, and not the beginning of the Reds regretting not trading Frazier when his value was sky high.

Not so random thoughts……………………………..

Thom Brennaman tried his hardest to take a shot (like his dad) at Joey Votto. Thom went on a rant that Matt Carpenter is only 40 points lower in average, and has just 5 less HR than Votto, but Votto is pitched differently because he hits third (thanks to @_ouipa_ for the quote). Then he went to RBI numbers. Thom was trying to insinuate that Carpenter is about as good as Votto. What is it with these Brennamen, and their constant attacking and discounting of Joey Votto? I am so tired of it. Oh, and FWIW, Votto’s OPS is 157 points higher than Carpenter (.964 to .807). That is more than the 153 point difference between the career OPS of Albert Pujols (.985) and Matt Stairs (.832).

That was only the Cardinals 39th loss of the season. The Reds lost their 39th game in June. It’s August. Gulp. The sad thing is that the current Reds lineup is just as good as the current Cardinals lineup.

Up Next:

Cardinals at Reds
Wednesday, 7:10 PM
TV: FOX Sports Ohio
David Holmberg (1 GS, 3.00 ERA, 5.42 FIP) vs Carlos Martinez (19 GS, 2.61 ERA, 3.45 FIP)

88 Responses

  1. wildwestlv

    Nothing to do now except settle in, and enjoy watching the Reds play spoiler to some of these teams headed for October. Not that it matters, at all, in regards to the Cardinals, but it’s still fun to beat them too.

  2. PXShaman

    How about that smile on Hamilton when he caught that ball. When I see him smile I want to keep him in CF. Shame his defense is only reason he stays in MLB. But he has improvements across the board except for his OBP.

    • PXShaman

      And cudos to JV, when the announcers just crap on you over and over for playing HIS game, and he still goes out and perform. Maybe we should replace the Brennaman couple to more positive announcers and we might actually have an attitude change in the organization.

      • myronalevine

        Sad to say, but Brennaman is no longer elite.

    • Tom Gray

      His speed is of tremendous value in CF and for SB.

      Remember Cesar Geronimo didn’t hit much (at first) either.

      • PXShaman

        Looked this up, and omg. I hope you are right. I so hope you are right. If Hamilton can do what Geronimo can do he would be amazing.

      • Wallyum

        Excellent point. Dave Concepcion is another great example.

      • Tom Gray

        Big Klu worked with both Geronimo and Concepcion in the early 1970’s.

        Both became pretty solid hitters (if better known for their defense in CF and at SS).

      • VaRedsFan

        Look at the early years of Dee Gordon. Hits leader this year…even with a DL stint.
        Patience

  3. Matt

    5 for our last 7. What else happened 7 days ago? Cueto was traded. Coincidence? I think not! Obviously he was a clubhouse cancer and now the Reds have the will to win again. That explains why they never gave him any run support too!

    (In case you couldn’t tell, heavy on the sarcasm, making fun of how people tend to construct wild narratives about the club’s best players based on small sample sizes)

      • Matt

        But then people like me who hadn’t heard of that acronym before wouldn’t get it 😉

      • Tom Gray

        Gotcha. I’m 64 yrs old this month. Even I’ve heard of DWS. But you may be right.

      • wkuchad

        I had to look it up, and saw some other interesting meanings. 🙂

  4. Tom Billings

    Overall good recap appreciate it

  5. sultanofswaff

    Without having any numbers, I do remember a lot of anecdotal stories about home run derby champs experiencing slumps immediately after. You almost wonder if the experience drains them or messes with their swing or both. SuperTodd will pick it up, but it’s as rough watching this as it was watching Bruce in April.

    • Nick Carrington

      Unfortunately, his slump began before the All Star break. He has hit .210/.241/.355 with a 58 wRC+ since June 26th. That is 31 games and 133 plate appearances. His slump has actually been slightly worse than Bruce’s based on wRC+.

      • The Next Janish

        Maybe Frazier lost his wallet, or is it, Votto has found Frazier’s wallet and doesn’t want to give it back?

    • VaRedsFan

      Derby runner-up Joc Peterson is also struggling big time.

      • redmountain

        Except he was only hitting .229 at the All-Star break; is the next Adam Dunn. Dunn could hit around 300 when he joined the Reds.

      • John Walsh

        That’s not fair. I mean, I’m totallyfor high OBP. But in terms of OBP mix, I’d rather have a hit over a walk every day.

        Walks don’t advance or score runners unless runners are back-to-back. Walks will never advance runners more than one base.

    • jdx19

      This phenomenon is a case of ‘sample bias.’ Guys selected to hit in the HR Derby generally had very good first halves of the season (otherwise they would not have been selected). Want to know what else these guys have in common? A higher liklihood of regression to the mean since, in fact, they were playing out-of-their-minds to be near the league leaders in homers in the first place.

      I don’t think anyone believes the Toddfather is a true-talent 160 wRC+ kind of guy. It’s weird that the slumps seem to start manifesting after the break, but Todd will likely finish the season around 125-130 wRC+, which is still a fantastic season for him.

  6. spro

    Man that rant by Thom was painful to listen to. I rarely listen to games on TV or radio anymore because one of the Brennamens are on. Is it possible to make this more public? Seems like most of the Reds fans agree. Even my parents as casual Reds fans have a hard time listening to them.

    • greenmtred

      Don’t forget that Thom does ask God to bless various people from time to time.

    • lwblogger2

      Don’t get me wrong, as I really like Matt Carpenter. I’d take him on my team any day. He is not comparable to Votto as a hitter though. I mean, the gap is huge. It was one of the most ridiculous comments I’ve heard from a play-by-play guy in a long time. Even more ridiculous than some of Marty’s.

  7. Zebra

    The fact is (and this isn’t just an opinion, it’s a fact): Marty is no longer an elite announcer.

    • [email protected]

      I listen to Marty when he has on john Fay or C. Trent. I then listen to the tv and wait for Brantley to come on the radio

      I do turn Marty back on for one sentence at the end of a Reds win….

  8. ManuelT

    Votto’s accomplishment is even more impressive when we realize that at least half of those other guys were partly due to PEDs.

  9. Daytonian

    Was at the game. Hamilton can’t bunt. But he sure can cover ground and field. An absolutely amazing catch.

  10. Joe McManus

    I love Marty as much as anyone born and raised a Reds fan, but I literally heard him talk about the lack of good Reds hitters with runners in scoring position earlier today. It made my skin crawl. I was at my place of business and he was our guest so it was not my place to pick a fight with him, but it took everything in my being to refrain. The ironic part was that I also heard him talk about Jeff Lunhow specifically and the need for the Reds front office to concentrate more on analytics. As a person, he was nice as can be. I think the idea of Marty being a cranky old soul is overblown, but he sure can dig in when he doesn’t like something. I do think he’s coming around to the statistical revolution, to an extent, but he clearly doesn’t see the big picture. I would like to reiterate, he couldn’t have been nicer. Held the door for me coming into my own workplace and was a complete gentleman.

    I also got the sense that he realizes his place in Reds history very well and is not unaware of his influence on the average Reds fan. I think that he believes he uses his pulpit to make positive change, but doesn’t realize that he can sometimes do equal harm.

    All that being said, it was beautiful to hear him talk about the first stolen base of Billy’s career and the exchange between he and Dusty beforehand. I still doubt that he will ever value Jay Bruce for what he is, and not what he could be.

    Just some rambling thoughts. Great game by Disco tonight. I’m the eternal optimist, but I’m not ready to give up on next year. We may have money to spend on one bat, and we have an abundance of young pitching options. Dare I dream of adding Jason Heyward?

    • pinson343

      I don’t know about Heyward, but I’m a major optimist too, and have not already given up on 2016. The Reds offense has picked up with Votto and Bruce back to their old (or young) selves and Suarez in the lineup. The Reds have caught up with the other teams in the division for runs scored (only 13 behind the division leading Pirates).

      If they pick up an OF bat in the off season, and with Mes back, then it’s up to staying healthy and the young pitchers.

      • Tom Gray

        Lots of If’s but the Reds can field a solid lineup next year (if Bruce and maybe Byrd return).

        SP will be very young. Bullpen may be OK. Bench still open to debate.

        80 W in 2016 maybe.

      • reaganspad

        they might win 80 yet THIS year and will be adding Mesoraco, Cozart and Bailey before they do anything else for 2016.

        Add into that a player like a Winker or Stephenson… a guy could look foolish with all the doom and gloom all of the time. this is not a bad team, and if they rip off 5 or 6 more in a row, who knows what a bunch of kids can do.

        winning is a lot more fun during the dog days

    • redmountain

      Wouldn’t want him, he doesn’t hit for a lot of power, steal bases, or get on base enough. Byrd is a better option right now.

      • lwblogger2

        I’d take Heyward over Byrd any day of the week. Heyward is going to cost a mint though. If Reds’ fans think that Bruce makes too much money, then they’ll really hate Heyward for the contract.

      • reaganspad

        I wonder if Fowler would be available next year

  11. Joe McManus

    Also I’m sure I’m just reiterating, but he sounded certain that Billy will give up switch hitting next year. Makes too much sense for him not to do so.

  12. pinson343

    I’m glad I didn’t hear Thom Brennaman’s rant about Carpenter/Votto. Carpenter is “only” batting 40 points lower (it’s actually almost 50 points lower). Carpenter is not a slugger, the 13 HRs is a career high. Carpenter is not even remotely in the same class as Joey as a hitter.

    And BTW Carpenter had a horrible slump from mid-May to late July. If Bruce or Votto had such a slump, we’d never hear the end of it.

    • pinson343

      PS That is, never hear the end of it from the Brennemans.

  13. pinson343

    Aroldis Chapman picked up his 56th consecutive successful save attempt at home last night, extending his major league record. The number 56 reminded me of another great consecutive streak.

  14. RedsDownUnderer

    To be fair, Thom’s monologue began as “it’s amazing how a guy’s position in the order alters how you perceive him as a hitter,” and I assumes this meant in relation to power. I’ve lost track of Carpenter’s stats this year, so what I thought was going to follow was something like: “you hear JV coming up, and you’re worried about giving up the long ball or a double, but since Carpenter bats first–even though he’s just has a little bit less power than JV–your mindset as a pitcher changes.”

    But that’s obviously not what followed.

    To be fair, it was one of the dumbest things I’ve ever heard a broadcaster say. Because as he went through the stats, it was essentially clear that JV was a far superior hitter than Carpenter. So the point ended up being: Carpenter has more RBIs than JV (“only” 40 points lower in BA!!), he would probably have even more if he batted lower in the order.

    The best part was Cowboy saying: “a better comparison in Phillips…”

    • jdx19

      Yeah, the whole thing was silly.

      It amazes me how people who watch baseball on a daily basis don’t understand the correlation between RBIs and how often people in front of you get on base. Votto has had Phillips, Hamilton, a Pitcher, or DeJesus/Schumaker hitting in front of him all year. Of course he doesn’t get many RBIs.

  15. sezwhom

    Yeah, Frazier needs more than just one day off. He’s hit a wall. I do think he’ll find his bat later this month but it’s tough watching him swing at any and everything right now.

  16. redsfan06

    Caught an interview on the radio with Brewers GM Doug Melvin after the Carlos Gomez trade. Gomez was great in the field, but struggled at the plate before coming to the Brewers. He was a different type of hitter than BHam, with more power and plenty of K’s to go along with it. Melvin said they just let Gomez hit the way he was; whereas, the previous organization was trying to get him to bunt a lot to take advantage of his speed. Gomez came into his own as a Brewer and made the All Star team.

    Maybe BHam should stop trying to do all the things that he is struggling with, like bunting and batting left handed, and just concentrate on improving his natural capabilities.

  17. Tom Billings

    The slump we are seeing out of Frazier is why I wanted the Reds to trade him. His stock was as high as it ever was going to get and I would like to see him have a full good year and not just one great half of a season

  18. tdan4

    Good article, just as good responses. Marty is an icon to Cincinnati, but I remember listening to Waite Hoyt and for as much as Waite was loved, it eventually became apparent to listeners that poor old Waite had run his course. It became almost unbearable to listen to his play by play. For as much as I love Marty, he may just be beginning his “Waite Hoyt” time in his broadcasting career. To comment on team situations is acceptable in the business, but you should never forget that “you don’t bite the hand that feeds you”. Your first responsibility to the organization is as a promoter/cheerleader. Part of your job is to help get butts in the seats. Constant criticism becomes detrimental to the cause. Lighten up, Marty. This team has a lot of positives in spite of a re-building year. They are starting to address some of the problem areas, and hopefully will continue through spring break next year. Give this young team a bit of a learning curve and you will be pleasantly surprised at the results next year. Good health, patience, and tweaking will make this current team a contender as early as next year. I am still loyal, confident, and giddy at what may be next season. And give Joey a break. He may not be the home run guru that some expected out of him, but he is one of the most intense students of the game, And as for myself, I would much rather have him as hitter with a .500 plus OBP than one that swings for the additional 7-8 more HRs in the season and strikes out 60 more times a year in doing so. He is far more valuable when he just gets on base, GO JOEY!!!!

    • Westwood Eagle

      I agree he needs to lighten up, but Marty is in the Hall of Fame because he “calls it like he sees it,” regardless if it is accurate or not. The reason it’s so grating is because he doesn’t have Joe to smooth things over and lighten the mood.

      • jdx19

        I’ve always thought it was weird how announcers can be in the Hall of Fame. Why not grounds crewmen? Why not hot dog salesmen? Of course, I know the reason why… writers/announcers are kindred souls and vote guys in.

        So weird. Heck. Grounds crewmen have an actual affect on the team on the field. Announcers do not.

      • Steve Mancuso

        It’s a separate wing of the Hall of Fame, not really the same as the players Hall of Fame. I’ve heard some announcers who have been put in the Hall of Fame not want to be known as a “Hall of Famer” because they don’t want to be confused with the players who have made the real HOF.

    • Tom Gray

      My favorite Waite Hoyt-ism was when the Reds (or the opponent) would rally in the 9th inning while trailing. Men on base and 2 outs. Hoyt would say (something like) There’s a Deep Fly Ball to RF. The OF Goes Back And, And…The Game Is Over!

      And cut to commercial. You wouldn’t find out if HR or 3rd out until after the commercial.

    • Nick Kirby

      Great post TDAN4. The thing that bugs me the most and literally makes no sense is the constant attacking of really good players like Votto and Bruce.

  19. jamesgarret

    Marty is just like the rest of us that hang around too long on the job.We get older,set in our ways and add little or no value to our employer.I was one of those and didn’t even realize it until a younger and much brighter CEO took over.Some will say that Marty has earned the right to go out under his own terms and maybe he has but he is terrible at running down the Reds players.I remember when he and Griffey Junior had words and he is on record saying he would be here long after Junior was gone.He was right

    • Tom Gray

      Marty has 1 more year on his contract (I think). He said on a recent radio interview (Bill Cunningham show on WLW) that he will decide at the end of the year (whenever it is) to retire. He will not announce beforehand.

      I have a hunch Marty will retire after 2016 season.

    • Tom Gray

      Agree on the End Of Career timing. Mine will be 5 years (P/T) in HS and college. 40 years (F/T) after college, which ended in late 2014 nudged by my employer. And now 5 years (P/T) in semi-retirement.

      50 years is a good career. Ramp up to full speed, then ramp down to Stop & Park.

  20. Westwood Eagle

    Marty misses Joe. He was the optimistic fan in the booth that was the foil to Marty’s crankiness.

    • lwblogger2

      And, to be fair, a friend. I’m sure Marty misses Joe very much.

  21. Doug

    Marty has noticeably been more cranky the last couple of seasons but I think as his career winds down he is craving the adrenaline rush of a pennant race to get re-energized (aren’t we all?) and the recent moves the club have made have largely been misses and he doesn’t have the patience left to ride out a rebuild.

  22. ohiojimw

    Not sure it exactly fits here but for all the fo0lks who depict the Reds org as just this side of the Flintstones, from the Enquirer, Fay writing about a conversation with B.Price and the innings limits for the Reds young starters:
    ********************************************************
    (Price) had each pitcher’s name written on a yellow legal pad. Next to each name were columns for 2013 innings, 2014 innings and 2015 innings……

    ********************************************************

    Yellow legal pad, not iPad or other similar tablet device. To me that says a bunch.
    Link reference:

    http://www.cincinnati.com/story/sports/mlb/reds/redsblog/2015/08/04/-reds–keeping–careful-eye—number–innings-starters-throw/31128213/

    • Tom Gray

      It says Price is not a millennial, probably a late Baby Boomer or early Generation X.

      Yellow legal pads still have a place in our modern world. When networks go down, yellow legal pads remain functional.

      • lwblogger2

        Yeah, I don’t think I’d get on him too hard for using a notebook. I’m in IT and still take notes in a notebook for some things.

      • jdx19

        I think I agree with OhioJim on this one… it’s not that it is bad to ‘take notes’ in a notebook or on a legal pad… I have one sitting next to me right now and I work in a high tech DoD R&D shop.

        But to have a ‘product’ live on a legal pad is a bit worrisome. Something where he’s keeping track of innings and workloads should be done, at a minimum, on a spreadsheet.

        Now, if he isn’t trained in basic computing (possible) then I’d assume he should probably have someone do it for him. But, if the entire Reds org doesn’t have someone looking at pitcher workloads on a computer and doing graphs and analysis and all that jazz, it’s very worrisome.

      • ohiojimw

        I think, had it been a printout, wouldn’t have really thought much about it. But making/ keeping his own chart on paper? This stuff needs to be centralized and managed.

        And JDX, as of last week I no longer work at that similar place in Ohio. Retired in good standing. I’ve got considerable time left on my 8570 and other credentials so I may go back part time in several months if the opportunity avails.

  23. Redsfan48

    John Fay said yesterday he thinks everyone in the Reds current rotation EXCEPT DeSclafani has an innings limit.

  24. WVRedlegs

    Back to the game. DeSclafani has certainly stepped up his game since Cueto got traded. The Reds needed someone to step up like that and be the leader of the rotation. Iglesias has also stepped up his game and followed suit his last time out too. Holmberg and Sampson have chipped in nicely too. If Lorenzen can just get it going again, but he may be tiring out some. His last outing was better, but he still has some issues. Stephenson is ready to get a callup, and should settle in at the #3 spot in the rotation behind DeSclafani and Iglesias. Bring Stephenson up now, and August and September become more interesting for the Reds and Reds fans.
    As for Todd Frazier, if he stays a Red, no more Home Run Derbies. Last year it affected him and even more so this year. A .226 BA in July and an 0-for-August so far. Not good.

    • Tom Gray

      Give Jocketty some credit for building Reds young SP depth knowing that Cueto, Leake, and Latos would depart as FA. No one predicted the Bailey injury.

      At his best, Homer has Ace potential. The Reds haven’t seen His Best very often.

      • Steve Mancuso

        Part of your comment got deleted, part of it didn’t. The part that wasn’t about the Reds got deleted. It was about what should or shouldn’t be written at Redleg Nation. That’s a pretty clear line that we follow. If you think it’s a sad day, well, it’s been a sad ten years. Disagree all you want with what we write here, but commenting about what we choose to write about is not about the Reds. It violates the guidelines for the site. Clarifying example:

        Nick: Thom Brennaman said X that was wrong.
        Comment: Thom Brennaman was right. (OK)
        Comment: Thom Brennaman is often misunderstood. (OK)
        Comment: Thom Brennaman made one mistake, it’s no big deal. (OK)
        Comment: Nick, quit writing about Thom Brennaman, I’m sick of reading it. (not OK)

        See the difference? The first three comments are about the Reds, at least their announcer. The final comment is about Nick. We protect commenters from that, too, not just the writers. We don’t let other people post comments that say so-and-so should quit commenting about such-and-such.

        As a general rule (everyone, not just this commenter), when you find yourself starting off a comment by saying “I’m tired of reading about or I wish people would quit writing XYZ,” it has a good chance of being edited. And it wasn’t Nick who edited your comment.

  25. Redsfan48

    Marty Brennaman is not a bad announcer. It’s when he starts trying to become an analyst that he has no clue what he’s doing and says stupid things. If he just sticks to the play-by-play and doesn’t try to analyze it, he would be fine.

    • lwblogger2

      Still an excellent play-by-play guy. I’d love it if he would stick to the play-by-play and leave the analysis to the, well, the analyst in the booth.

  26. wkuchad

    “It really is a beautiful thing to see Joey make cranky old Marty Brennaman look like a fool night after night. Marty of course said that Votto is “no longer one of the elite players in the game” back on July 5th. If you think I’m not going to continue to blast Marty night after night about this…..well, I’m sorry.”

    I’m not sure Marty is the one looking like a fool by bringing this up over and over and over and over, knowing he still have fans on this site.

    It was beyond a stupid statement by Marty. He was fairly bashed for it. Time to move on until he makes the next stupid statement.

    JMO

    • Redgoggles

      It would help if he would have the occasional humility to address some of his stupid soundbites. Its the perceived arrogance that turns me off. Everyone says stupid stuff, but he rarely if ever comes back and addresses his own errors in judgement. I grew up on Marty/Joe, but I rarely listen to him when Reds are reeling because he makes it worse.

  27. redmountain

    There is no reason this team cannot compete next year. Hamilton needs to do what Rose did in the offseason and get a hitting cage. Then he should hit 150 ground balls and 150 bunts. Fly balls and pop-ups do not count. if he would do that everyday he might become a more capable hitter. Worked for Pete.

    • lwblogger2

      Could have him do the “Willie Mays Hayes” thing and make him do 10 pushups every time he hits it in the air 😉

  28. Shchi Cossack

    Yesterday’s game provided the Old Cossack some introspect into how good Hamilton’s CF defense has become and how high the expectations are that no ball hit between straight away LF and RF should find the turf with Hamilton roaming CF. It wasn’t the dazzling snare Hamilton made over his head as he dived onto the warning track in deep CF. I found myself disappointed that Hamilton failed to grab the deep drive by Grichuck up the center field wall. Hamilton could have made that play but if he had, it would have rivaled the best by Willie Mays. It was a supremely difficult play and Hamiltom was bearing down on the wall at full speed when he leaped. There is no realistic expectation that anyone should have made that play, but I found myself wanting to criticize Hamilton for his failure. When the expectations get that high, the man is doing his job at the highest level and then some.

    • lwblogger2

      He’s an exceptionally gifted CF. Not just because of the spectacular play he made last night but on balls that I thought were sure hits that he’s gotten to easily. He’s really fun to watch at the stadium.

    • reaganspad

      I agree you Old Cossack you. I thought he should have had the Grichuck ball too and I did not re-watch it to see where he lined up for that play. Not a fair expectation for a human being

      We just think that Billy can get it if it is still in the park.

      I do expect Billy to get the bunt down though. Man he pops up too many of those. I cannot hit period, but I can bunt. It amazes me the number of times he drops the head of the bat below the handle, a very bad habit which causes pop ups.

      he is like the wide receiver who runs before he catches the ball. grrr

    • greenmtred

      I had exactly the same thought about that play, Cossack: My initial reaction was “Billy should have had it,” until I saw the replay and had to wonder whether Mays would have had it. As you say, it would have been a truly remarkable catch.