I'm watching the first two innings of game on Saturday, and I thought I stepped into a time machine and was taken back to 1998. Every single batter was working the count with 6 to 9 pitch at-bats and wearing down a rookie pitcher. Everything was going according to plan and had worked the bases loaded with no outs and the kid pitching for the Reds was about ready to have a heart attack. No worries for him though, as Cano gets up and swings at the first pitch to pop out. Followed by his buddy Melkey to swing at the first 3 pitches he sees, 2 of them were out of the strike zone. Good job guys, way to get the other team out of jam.
Melkey has talent, but no brains. No recognition for what a situation calls for. The team would be better off with out him. Please trade this topped out player while we can still get some value.
On a much more positive note, Dan Giese is here to stay I hope - he has earned it in my view. And Pettitte is very much looking like he has regained top form his last three starts.
While disappointed the Yanks dropped the series with the Reds I am not that broken up by it. The Reds have a lot of young talent and good pitchers - they, like the Rays, are a serious playoff team inside of two seasons.
I think a sweeping of the Pirates is called for .