For the most part, I gave up on this team in mid July. Told my buddies they didn’t have it. Still have the email to prove it.
Today they swept the best team in the NL throwing a guy who at one point was the worst qualified pitcher in the league by most statistical measures (Dan Haren) and throwing another guy who at one point this year was demoted out of the AAA rotation (Tanner Roark). Roark and Haren combined for 13 innings and gave up a combined total of 1 run and 5 hits. Amazing.
At what point do we say that Roark is more than just a fluke? He’s now thrown 41 2/3 innings and given up 26 hits, 9 walks and 5 earned runs. And gotten 7 wins. As many as Stephen Strasburg, if you believe the “Win” statistic is indicative of anything.
Is there actually a chance after this team has underperformed so badly for 130 games that they could possibly make a race out of this? Am I really going to check out the Reds’ remaining schedule tomorrow to see how tough it is?
Yeah I think so.