Found December 21, 2011 on
Sons of Steve Garvey:
Not to get all Dickensian on us, but god bless (Tiny) Dusty Baker for kicking off the bowl thread season with last night's Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl GT (I can't even write that without laughing). So here we are this evening, with the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl, featuring #18 TCU (10-2) vs. Louisiana Tech (8-4).
And with that awful photographic pun, I will now petal my bicycle away and leaf.
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Fact: 162 games is a longggg season, and that's exactly what an MLB schedule entails. During those grueling 162 contests there is bound to be some that don't go your way, there's no "ifs", "ands", or "buts" about it. So what do managers do during these frustrating bouts of defeat? I'll tell you -- they tab a sacrificial lamb, errr...
Donnie Joseph leads the way with this group of players now that Brad Boxberger is with a new team. Joseph has some of the best stuff of the relievers with an above-average fastball and a plus slider from the left side. He had put up dominating numbers coming up until the 2011 season when his inability to control his slider finally caught up with him. The pitch has very good movement...
The acquisition of right-hander Mat Latos on Saturday ended the team's long search for a top-of-the-rotation starter -- a piece of their roster puzzle they so desperately desired. With this pressing need now off the "to-do list", what's next for GM Walt Jocketty and the Reds moving forward? Apparently, it's bullpen help and a left fielder, and in that order...
As ESPN's Jayson Stark points out in his recent piece entitled "Strange but True Feats of the 2011 Season", some unusual occurences transpired this past MLB season.
And it just so happens the Reds were involved in at least four of those. Here are the excerpts taken from the article pertaining to Cincinnati:
Strange but truest pitching feat of the year
The Cubs and Reds have agreed in principle to a trade that will send left-handed reliever Sean Marshall to Cincinnati for starter Travis Wood and two minor leaguers, according to Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com. The move is pending physicals.
The Cubs and Reds reportedly were working on a swap of left-handed pitchers Wednesday, with Chicago poised to send reliable reliever Sean Marshall to Cincinnati for a package that includes young starter Travis Wood.