Ugh. The Reds beat the Marlins 5-4. Maybe the Fish were watching the
Cardinals game because with two walks and a base hit, they loaded the
bases in the 9th with nobody out. Unfortunately, they only squeezed out
one run on a double play ball. Uggla then popped up to end the game
which let Cincinnati pull back even with the ‘Birds. Seems like
whatever we do, we just can’t shake this team. I’d love to put some
distance between us, but it seems like one of those years where it just
might come down to the wire.
In other news, Wainwright’s top two competitors for the Cy Young award pitched yesterday and today. I already talked yesterday
about how Josh Johnson was roughed up pretty bad by the Reds. He took
himself out of my top 3, for the time being, with my 3rd place vote now
going to Atlanta’s Tim Hudson. He’s been quietly putting together a
pretty decent season. Hudson is now 2nd in ERA and 4th in wins. The
only thing that hurts him is the low strikeout total. But outs are outs
and he’s definitely in the running to finish in the top 3.
Halladay, however, threw another excellent game and put the pressure
squarely back on Wainwright. Those two are neck and neck. Halladay
went 8 innings today, allowing no runs and striking out 7. For awhile,
it seemed like he might have another complete game shutout to add to his
resume, but luckily his pitch count was 113 and he was pulled after 8
Still, Halladay managed to increase support for his case
for the NL Cy Young by lowering his ERA to 2.24 and picking up his 15th
win. And did I mention those 7 strikeouts? Wow, this guy really does
it all. He’s now 3rd in ERA, 3rd in wins and remains 1st in strikeouts
by a ton.
At this point in time, I still give the edge to Wainwright (as I did here)
because I think being 1st in wins and ERA goes a long way, but it’s not
over by a long shot. If Wainwright’s ERA drops a lot in next couple
starts and he fails to get to that magic number of 20 wins, Halladay
could surpass him. But hopefully Adam will deliver another
Wainwright-esque performance and this could be a fun battle to watch all
the way through September.
As for tomorrow’s game, Kyle Loshe
returns to pitch for the first time since May 22nd. He was far from
impressive in those 9 starts, so let’s hope he comes back bigger and
better that ever. Here’s also hoping that Albert continue to rake.
He’s always tended to get hot in August and this year is no exception.
He’s only gone hitless one game this month and is hitting .447 and
slugging .830 for the month. Are you kidding??? He’s also already gone
deep 5 times with 13 ribbies and scored 15 runs. I think it’s safe to
say he’s feeling good at the plate right now. His average is up to
.313, instead of hovering around the .300 mark as it has been so long.
He’s back in the top 5 in the league for average and of course continues
to be at the top in home runs and RBIs. Albert for MVP and Wainwright
for Cy Young could be a perfect addition to World Series win #11,
right? But I’m getting ahead of myself. First things first. And that
first thing is Loshe getting us the series win against the Cubbies.
Wanting to see a healthy Loshe do his thing,