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Ira D. Combs Tri State Sports Media



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The question that begs to be ask as the Reds head west for their last and longest road trip before the all star break is, have they finally got healthy and started turning the season around heading in the right direction?


It’s definitely not to late since they have crawled back to the .500 mark at 37–37 here in late June and although these upcoming 10 games are on the road, six of them are against the hapless Chicago Cubs and San Diego Padres. There is light at the end of the tunnel especially if they can pull say six or seven wins out of this road trip coming up.


Only time will tell if the Reds have truly come out of their 2 and a half month long injury ridden mess but they have won two out of three in their last three series and all three series were against teams that are playing above 500 with two of those teams leading their respective divisions and had the Reds middle relief staff and closer all not had a complete meltdown against Toronto last Friday night they would have won seven of their last nine games.


Question No. 2 that needs to be ask is what has brought on the encouraging turnaround of late?


Can’t put my finger on it completely, but some of the recent success has to be due to Joey Votto and Jay Bruce getting back on the field and giving a few quality at bats to the offense and Matt Latos the teams No. 2 starter is back off the DL and has given them one quality start and had a 9 – 4 lead before leaving the game in the 6th inning of his 2nd start. Other than that, the two big surprises so far in the 1st half and possibly why the Reds have been able to keep their head above water is the offensive output they’ve been getting from their 3rd baseman Todd Frazier and catching duo of Devin Mesoraco and Brayan Pena. Frazier is hitting .278 with 17 “Big Taters” and Mesoraco and Pena are averaging .276 between them with Mesoraco hitting a scalding hot .310 and combined they have 15 “Big Taters.”


However, due to this teams past performances against quality competition and pitching (especially the Cardinals) you have to believe this team is still a work in progress at best even with everyone important off the DL at the moment.


In my eyes for this team to qualify for the playoffs which was the original goal by everyone involved back on April 1, it must have some solid offensive production from Joey Votto and Jay Bruce in the 2nd half and I’m talking like numbers they’ve both put up in past years not the .273 Votto is presently hitting nor the .218 clip that Bruce is presently at.


Schedule Takes A Turn For The Good Beginning With July 4th Holiday Weekend


When the Reds return home to GABP after this 10 game road trip they will end the 1st half of the season with an 11 game home stand in 10 days with a day/ night DH with the Cubs on Tuesday, July 8, highlighting that home stand. As a matter of fact, the entire month of July schedule calls for the Reds to have 17 home games and only eight away games sandwiched around the MLB all star break which should be an asset in the comeback to hopefully place them back into playoff contention come September.


Several special weekend dates should be attractive to the Reds fan base across the Commonwealth to make the trip up 1–75 to the Queen City and Tri State area. All Friday home dates of course are highlighted with a 30 minute post game fireworks show that can be seen right from the comfort of your seat in GABP and with a popular music theme playing in the background on the stadium public address system. Also, the Reds will have three special Saturday giveaways to the first 20,000 fans who go through the turnstiles. The Saturday giveaways start on July 5, when a special military themed Joey Votto T-shirt is given away then the next Saturday July 12, the Reds will give away a Billy Hamilton Bobble-head then on the last Saturday in July the Reds will give away a Mr. Redlegs mustache and hat.


All Sunday home games are family days and one family member can buy a ticket at the regular price then up to three other family members can buy a ticket in the same section for half of the ticket price as long as it’s a ticket in the non-premium sections at GABP.


You can go online to www.reds.com and order tickets by clicking on the green square across the top of the main page or you can call (513)–381–reds. Every section on every level in Great American Ball Park has a row of handicap/senior citizen seats in it and if your interested in that number it is (513)-765–7500.

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