As dumb as this sounds to say, last night’s game was actually a pretty big game for the Reds. I know it’s tough to make that argument in an early June game for a team that’s 11 games out of first place, but coming off a sweep of the Nats and squaring off against the worst team in baseball with your ace on the hill, you’d like to think that the Reds could have pulled that one out and kept the momentum going as the all important All-Star break continues to inch closer and closer. However, in true Cincinnati fashion, the Redlegs managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. And to add injury to insult, Marlon Byrd got beaned and fractured his right wrist. In the span of like 45 minutes the Reds went from looking like they were going to stay hot and rip off their fourth straight win to blowing the game in embarrassing fashion and losing their starting left fielder for the foreseeable future. The opposite of ideal.
It’ll be interesting to see how the Reds handle the LF situation as Skip Schumaker, Brendan Bosch, and Kristopher Negron have all split time in left. My guess is they’ll probably platoon that trio and bring up a guy like Chris Dominguez to add some depth. One interesting scenario that some folks are tossing around is to bring up Jesse Winker, the Reds best outfield prospect, and see what damage he can do. The only problem with that is that Winker hasn’t exactly been tearing the cover off the ball in AA and throwing him to the wolves in The Show probably a scene that this front office wouldn’t want to see play out.
I thoroughly enjoy watching this team baseball, but the Reds make it soooo Goddamn difficult sometimes.