6:05, The Lykins Oil Roundtable Show at Jefferson Social
Eye on the playoffs
CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 11: Billy Hamilton #6 of the Cincinnati Reds looks on during the game against the Chicago Cubs at Great American Ball Park on September 11, 2013 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Reds won 6-0. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Good news: The Reds went 7-3 on the home stand, including 3 of 4 vs Cards and sweep of LA.
Bad news: Reds gained just .5 games in standings
Games remaining: 17 Cards, 17 Pirates, 15 Reds
Reds trail Cards by and Pirates by 3 in loss column
Cardinals 85-60 ---
Pirates 84-61 1
Reds 83-64 3
Nationals 76-69 6
Is Cincinnati still a cure-all for new-look Steelers?
Pittsburgh Tribune Review
History suggests the Steelers will upset the Bengals in Cincinnati. History suggests the Steelers will bounce back in a big way from one of their worst season-opening losses of recent vintage.
History suggests the Steelers aren't in big trouble despite losing six of their past eight games dating to last season and having no discernible running game.
Sam Wyche invented the no-huddle at Indiana in '83
Todd Jones, Columbus Dispatch
“We played in the Big Ten against Ohio State and Michigan, and Iowa was good with Hayden Fry,” Wyche said in a telephone interview from his home in Pickens, S.C. “When I walked onto the field, I knew we didn’t have the personnel to match up. We had to come up with a way to wear them down to our level.
“I thought if we can wear them out, outcondition them, that’ll close the gap. That’s when the idea (of the no-huddle) really started.”
Pitching, pitching, pitching
Ranking the playoff rotations
4. Reds This is a very underrated group putting up solid numbers in a tough park to pitch in. Dusty Baker's dilemma: If the Reds end up in the wild-card game, do you start Latos or Bailey? It could depend on who the Reds play. If it's St. Louis, it should be Latos, whose fastball/slider combo is a better matchup against the right-handed-heavy St. Louis lineup (opponents are hitting .176 against Latos' slider). If it's the Pirates, Bailey may be the better matchup. Of course, that's assuming the remaining schedule lines up for that decision to be made. If the Reds are still battling for the division title, it could just fall to whoever is due up in the rotation.
Bears look to regroup without Legaux
Ranking baseball's worst fielders
The Sporting News
CF: Shin-Soo Choo, Reds
Before taking over center field for the Reds this season, Choo had played a whopping 83 of his 5,647 career innings at the position. The numbers show the transition hasn’t always been a smooth one. Maybe that’s not surprising; he had a minus-15.8 UZR/150 as a right fielder for the Indians last season.
Anyone watching Graceland?