It’s hard not to focus on the first-place Cardinals, but the Reds start an important four-game home series with the Pittsburgh Pirates tonight at GABP. Those are the same Pittsburgh Pirates that are but a half-game behind the second-place Reds in the NL Central. Those are the same Pirates that are 41-28 overall.
If the season ended today, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati would be in the one-game NL Wild Card Playoff. The team with the best record would host that playoff and right now the two clubs are tied in the loss column.
Pittsburgh just went 4-2 on a homestand that included San Francisco and the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Pirates took two of three from each club.
Four-star wide receiver Blake Bone of Woodruff, S.C., cut his final list to four schools Monday. Kentucky, Louisville, South Carolina and Ole Miss made the list.
David Climer of the Tennessean says that Kentucky’s Mark Stoops has joined those who have stooped to a new low in college football recruiting. Stoops’ sin: offering scholarships to kids who haven’t even started high school.
This goes back to the new Kentucky coach offering one to 13-year-old Jarius Brents last week, which got some national attention. And Climer acknowledges that Stoops isn’t alone. Southern Cal, Alabama, LSU and Texas have all offered scholarships to players who have yet to play a high school game.
It’s a sign of the times. We’re always looking for the next big thing, even when, as in the case of the 13-year-old Brents, the next big thing is 5-foot-8 and 152 pounds. We keep trending younger, for better or worse. And I think it’s worse.
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After South Warren defensive tackle Adrian Middleton committed to Kentucky on Saturday, the next big recruiting name ready to announce is Derek Kief, four-star wide receiver from LaSalle High School in Cincinnati. He is to announce via Twitter between 5:30 and 6 p.m. Sunday.
I’m hearing that Alabama is leading for the 6-foot-4, 199-pounder, ranked as the 46th best wide out prospect in the nation by Rivals, but that Kentucky is very much in the hunt.
At 12:01 a.m. last night, college basketball coaches could start calling college basketball prospects.
Perhaps that explains this set of Twitter posts this morning from Kentucky coach John Calipari.
Update: Reds have put Jonathon Broxton on 15-day disabled list for a right elbow strain and recalled Pedro Villareal.
With St. Louis playing a three-game series at hapless Miami this weekend, it appeared doubtful that the Reds would pick up any ground on the National League Central Division-leading Cardinals. Oh, we were so wrong.
As Jay Bruce was golfing a Milwaukee Brewers’ pitch into the left-field seats for a walk-off homer and a Reds’ 4-3 win, St. Louis was losing 5-4 in Miami. Pitcher Jake Westbrook did make is return from the disabled list for St. Louis. Cincinnati is now 2.5 games behind the front-running Cards.
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Louisville’s Montrezl Harrell is in Colorado Springs working out with the USA U-19 team coached by Billy Donovan. The sophomore-to-be says he is working at center and against centers so he can take over the five-spot from the departing Gorgui Dieng.
He also tells Zagsblog he is looking forward to this season’s Kentucky-Louisville game, the matchup between the last two national champions.