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Afternoon show: Reds therapy, apathy or a revolt?


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Dean Podoll, has a collection of every SI every printed. 
Joel Carben, created app for tracking best foul ball spots at MLB parks.
Mark Rea, author, The Legends: Ohio State Buckeyes, the Men, the Deeds, the Consequences.

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Highlights and notes HERE of Tuesday's 5-4 walk-off loss....You will have to see it to believe it.


Avoiding 90 losses and the Cubs?
The Reds are 61-65 with 36 games remaining. They will have to go at least 12-24 the rest of the way to avoid 90 losses. The Reds have gone 13-23 in their previous 36 games. The Reds are closer to last place than first place. The Reds trail the Brewers by 10 games, but are now just 5.5 games ahead of the Cubs and last place in the NL Central.

ST. LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 19: Reliever J.J. Hoover #60 of the Cincinnati Reds pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals in the ninth inning at Busch Stadium on August 19, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Cardinals beat the Reds 5-4. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Cool story
Pena brings optimism to clubhouse

Look at the bright side, the ace goes today
Johnny Cueto/ML rank 
15 wins (T-1)
2.06 ERA (3)
187.2 innings (2)
187 K (6)
0.91 WHIP (3)
5.9 H/9 (1)
9.0 K/9 (6)
2 shutouts (T-2)
4 complete games (2)
5.6 WAR (9th overall/5th pitchers)
26 starts this season/ER allowed
0 runs: 6 times
1 run: 5 times
2 runs: 11 times
3 runs: 2 times
4 runs: 1 time
6 runs: 1 time
Cueto has allowed 2 earned runs or fewer in 22 of 26 starts.
Last 8 starts: 7-0 2.24
Last 5 starts: 5-0 1.62
Has won career high seven consecutive decisions.
He's made 17 starts following a Reds loss, and is 10-3.
2014: $10M
2015: Team option $10M, buyout $800K
2016: Free agent

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Happy Birthday
Former Reds LHP Fred Norman is 72 today. He's one of the most underrated Reds off all-time. Acquired in a trade from San Diego in 1973, Norman would go 85-64 3.43 in seven seasons with the Reds. He would win at least 10 games in all seven seasons.

Down on the Farm: Holy!
Watch this catch by Pensacola OF Bryson Smith!


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Dalton's burden
No matter how Jackson alters the offense, it still comes down to Dalton hitting key completions on passing downs. We've seen too much inconsistency from The Red Rifle in critical moments, with Dalton's 56.8 career completion percentage against the AFC North sitting lower than Brandon Weeden's mark of 56.9 percent.


NY Times: In push to shorten games, there is no time to waste

How to make watching baseball fun again
NY Post 
We are approaching the pace-of-game issue incorrectly.
Rather than obsessing on how to shorten the time between pitches, we should be fixating on how to make the time between pitches more interesting to fans.

If Manfred is no Selig, it's time to reinstate Rose
Gregg Doyel, CBS Sports 
Twenty-five years isn't life, but a life sentence doesn't always have to be a life sentence. It's not in our court system, where a life system often leads to parole. How come? Because our court system feels like there are times when the prisoner has done his time, and whatever he did to earn that lifetime sentence, he's paid his price. Forgiveness is OK. Second chances are allowed.
Where's the forgiveness for Pete Rose? Where's his second chance?

This is a mess

College football

Wall Street Journal: How college football coaches fare vs Top 25 teams. They don't include UC or the AAC....

UC football


OSU football
Mark Rea will join me at 5:45 today.
The Legends: Ohio State Buckeyes, the Men, the Deeds, the Consequences.
Order HEREBook signing at Joseph Beth Booksellers in Cincinnati on Saturday beginning at 2 p.m.

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