Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Dusty Calling His Shot

I got to thinking that it might be time to re-visit Cincinnati's decision to sign Francisco Cordero to a 4-year $46 million (I think?) deal.

See, Cordero just blew another save last night (.2 innings, 3 runs) against the Padres. That gives him 6 blown saves on the season in 26 opportunities. In July, he's blown 3 of his 8 save opportunities, and posted a 6.97 ERA and 2.32 WHIP.

But, as often happens with my post ideas, I'm taking a left turn now that I've done a little research.

On the Reds official website, I came across this story about the beleaguered Reds bullpen. One quote from young-pitcher-killer Dusty Baker caught my eye, and should have tonight's starter (Johnny Cueto) and Reds fans everywhere more than a little nervous.

More than anything, though, Reds manager Dusty Baker is concerned with Weathers' -- and the rest of the bullpen's -- workload.

"That's three days in a row for him," Baker said. "We have to give [closer Francisco Cordero] a breather, too. Hopefully, [Tuesday] we can get a complete game. We need it badly because he needs a blow and Coco needs a mental and physical blow."


Oh boy. Look for Cueto to throw approximately 180 pitches tonight. And get Dr. James Andrews on the line.

2 comments:

brad said...

Edinson Volquez is already icing his arm in anticipation of his next start.

Matt said...

Cueto was only able to deliver 6 innings, throwing 120 pitches.

Disappointing.