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Edwin E. on a tear
Edwin Encarnacion has 16 HR's and 33 RBI in May. He has 5 multi-HR games in the month. He has 12 HR's in the last two weeks.
May RBI's
Edwin: 33 RBI in 109 AB
Votto-Bruce-Phillips-Ludwick-Mesoraco-Heisey: 29 RBI in 337 AB

USA Today chose the most overrated player for each NFL team.
Guess who they picked for the Bengals?

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UC football
Athlon Sports ranks the Bearcats 43rd in their preview issue.

American Conference selects football divisions 
Commissioner Mike Aresco announced two divisions of six teams will begin play for the 2015 season, culminating in a conference championship game.

UC football
CBS Sports picks the Bearcats 3rd in an early look at the American Conference.

Clones start ECHL Kelly Cup Finals tonight in Anchorage


How bad is it for the Reds? Here are notes/stats from last night's 4-0 loss.

Runs: Reds rank 29th in MLB with 177 runs, just ahead of San Diego (175)

Reds in May
30th runs, 75
29th BA, .227
30th OBP, .284
27th SLG, .354
29th, OPS, .639

Woe is them
You can't score if you can't get runners on base.
The Reds had offensive issues in 2013, and then lost Shin-Soo Choo.
The 2014 Reds are missing Choo, without an injured Joey Votto and with a struggling Jay Bruce.
Top 3 for times on base for Reds 2013:
316, Votto
300, Choo
229, Bruce
Runs score/per game:
2013: 698 in 162 games, (4.30)
2014: 177 in 53 games, (3.40)

Rallying Reds?
Reds are 4-22 in games they trailed entering the 6th inning.
Reds are 1-24 in games they trailed entering the 7th inning.

Chasing a Wild Card spot
NL Wild Card standings (2 spots)
St Louis  ---
Miami    ---
Atlanta  ---
Colorado  ---
Los Angeles ---
Washington  2.5
New York      3
Pittsburgh     4
Philadelphia  4
San Diego   4.5
Cincinnati   4.5
Arizona      6.5
Chicago       8

Tony the starer, reliever or AAA arm?
Tony Cingrani did not pitch well last night.
Alfredo Simon did not pitch well in his last start.
Mat Latos makes his 2nd rehab start at Louisville tonight.
Then what?
Cingrani has struggled since coming off the DL:
0-3 5.29 in three starts. 17.1 IN, 21 H, 5 HR, .313 BA.

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3 is the painful number
The Reds have scored 3 runs in less in six consecutive games, and in a total of 28 games this season. It got me wondering about the franchise record for consecutive games scoring 3 runs or less.
From Steven Sharp
In Reds franchise history (1882-Present), the Reds have produced three different streaks of 14 consecutive regular-season games in which they scored three runs or less.
-August 26, 1948 to September 9, 1948
-May 9, 1943 (Game 1 of DH) to May 26, 1943
-September 5, 1914 to September 19, 1914 (Game 1 of DH)
Reds (1882-Present) have had eleven different streaks of 10+ consecutive regular-season games in which they scored three runs or less.  The most recent of those streaks was in August 1982 (10-game streak).
During the 2014 season, there have been three instances of any MLB team producing a streak of 7 or more consecutive regular-season games in which those respective teams scored three runs or less.
Braves had a streak of 8 straight games earlier this month.
Padres and Cardinals both had streaks (one each) of 7 straight games in April.

On this date: 1987
Eric Davis hits his third grand slam of the month in a 6-2 win over the Pirates.
His major league-leading 19 home runs also breaks the NL record for most homers batted between April and May.

Local product
Josh Harrison (Princeton/UC) featured today
Pittsburgh Tribune Review: Harrison just warming up?

The Mack's and Shaq

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