From Milwaukee to St. Louis: Big Time Road Trip for the Reds

StephenCorrespondent IMay 30, 2009

NEW YORK - MAY 11: Johnny Cueto #47 of the Cincinnati Reds wipes his face after pitching against the New York Mets at Shea Stadium on May 11, 2008 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Starting out, I’d like to let my readers (all three of them) know that, starting next week, I will be posting at a limited rate throughout much of the summer. Of course you’re thinking, “How can you quit posting about baseball during the summer?” Well, my job as a summer camp Program Director sorta trumps my passion for baseball and the Reds.

Don’t fret though, I’ll continue to write as I’m able to, just not every day and posts will probably be shorter. I know you’re heartbroken, but I’m sure you’ll survive somehow.

The Recap

Johnny Cueto was good, just not good enough. In spite of a rough first and second innings, Cueto only allowed three runs off of three hits in seven innings.

I’ll take that any day of the week because, more often than not, that will win you a ball game.

Ramon Hernandez proved to be the only offense for the Reds Friday night. He homered to left, scoring Ryan Hanigan.

We were told Brandon Phillips would be in the lineup tonight, but he wasn’t. I can’t even remember why. He did pinch hit in the top of the ninth and tried to bunt his way on against Trevor Hoffman. It didn’t work.

The big story, however, is that once again, Joey Votto had to be removed from the lineup. No word on why, but it is assumed that it’s due to the inner-ear infection he has been dealing with since the Arizona series.

If I wasn’t concerned before, I certainly am now.

This is getting ridiculous. It goes without saying that the Reds’ chances of winning drop significantly when he is not in the lineup. I really don’t know what else to say. This sucks.

The Long and Winding Road

This is a big time roadtrip for the Reds. Three games in Milwaukee, four in St. Louis: the two clubs atop the NL Central standings.

Jay Bruce expects to return to Cincinnati in first place. Apparently, that word has been passed around the Cardinals’ clubhouse. Let’s hope he and the Reds can back it up.

In between the two series’, the Reds will have another off day. I personally wish they wouldn’t have had an off day yesterday. I’m of the opinion that while you’re hot, you should keep it going.

That’s all I’ve got tonight.

Go Reds!