Can MLBbro Tommy Pham Save Season For Cincinnati Reds?

Can MLBbro Tommy Pham Save Season For Cincinnati Reds?

When the Cincinnati Reds signed MLBbro Tommy Pham to a contract less than two weeks before the season started, the plan was clear for the 34-year-old veteran.

This season was considered a “Revenge Tour” to show the rest of the baseball world what they missed out on.

His interview with WCPO.com left very little to the imagination.

“I am going to approach this season as a revenge tour. I’m playing to get my numbers, man. I’m being dead honest with you. There is nothing selfish about it. In the past I put up some really good seasons,” Pham said.

“I’m playing to get some numbers. I don’t care about anything else. I’m looking out for me. At the end of the day, baseball is going to move on without me. I have to get mine right now,”

“I’m going to get the opportunity to play. I’m going to try to get mine,” he said.

After a slow start at the plate, Pham has emerged as Cincinnati’s most consistent offensive weapon as of late. Overcoming an 0-23 start was key. Pham has recovered to raise his batting average to .211 with three homers and 15 RBI. He had a 10-day stretch with slashes of .303 / .378 / .636.

 

However, Pham’s efforts may get lost in the overall team’s 3-19 start which is historically one of the worst in MLB history. Cincinnati’s 3-18 April has them connected with the 1988 Baltimore Orioles who started their season with a 21-game losing streak, and a list of baseball teams that existed in the 1800s.

That list includes the 1899 Cleveland Spiders, a team that many believe is the worst professional baseball team in history at 20-134. The overall team struggles also remind many baseball purists of the 1962 New York Mets team that lost 120 games, which is the modern-day record for futility.

When the Reds signed Pham to a one-year, $7.5 million deal, they were counting on finding one of the game’s diamonds in the rough when he posted a .284 /.381 /.475 slash line with averages of 22 homers and stolen bases in the 2017-19 seasons.

With a good eye at the plate to draw walks, he was a productive offensive player with St. Louis, Tampa Bay and San Diego.

In the outfield, the Reds need our MLBbro to fill in the gaps left with the departures of right fielder, Nick Castellanos and left fielder, Jesse Winker.

Tommy Pham came into this season a career .265 hitter with 97 homers and 300 RBI. Pham is definitely looking for a season like he had in 2017, when he deposited 23 balls into the seats with 73 RBI with some fine glove work in the field.

Pham A Solid Piece For Winning Team

If the Reds continue to slide, don’t worry too much about this MLBbro because if Pham continues to perform well at the plate, he will be a viable trade candidate for a playoff contender.

There’s Nothing Small About Tony Kemp’s Big Boy Start To The Season

There’s Nothing Small About Tony Kemp’s Big Boy Start To The Season

At 5-foot-7, Tony Kemp can go out there and play with the best. That is why he’s had success during his time in the MLB and why he has a World Series ring.

And this brother continues to prove why he deserves to be in the league.

Kemp Is off to a hot start in his seventh season. Through 12 games, he’s hitting .293 with two RBI and two stolen bases. He’s also flashing leather.

In his third season with the Oakland Athletics, he’s second on the team in batting average and has been one of the top players to start the season.

He’s been the guy at the top of the A’s lineup that sets the tone.

And that’s what the team has been looking for.  A part starter who gets on base and keeps the lineup moving.

He can hit for contact and when he gets on base, opponents have to keep a close eye on him because of his speed.

In an article from the San Francisco Chronicle, A’s manager, Mark Kotsay, gave Kemp high praise for his play at the start of the season.

“I think Tony’s done a great job,” Kotsay said last week. “I think you look at Tony’s on-base percentage, his at-bats, the way he conducted them last year and into spring training now in this short period of time, he’s definitely a guy that I can see in that position going forward. But again, we do still have a lot of competition, and we’re going to continue to assess it.”

Kemp is showing why he deserves to be the starter for the A’s.

In the article from the San Francisco Chronicle, Kemp talked about going on a trip to New York before the season last year and working on his hitting.

“What I got out of that trip is understanding how to use my body more,” Kemp said. “I know I have good hands when I hit. But understanding how to put my body in the right position and where to fire from.”

It looks like that trip has certainly paid off for Kemp as he had a strong finish to last season and is now carrying that over into this season.

Since joining the A’s in 2020, Kemp has found a way to have himself inserted in the lineup.

One thing about him, he’s going to put in the work on and off the field. He wants to get better each day and wants to put his team in a position to win games and have success.

Tony Kemp Is Showing Us Why It’s Skills Over Size In MLB

How can you not like someone like Kemp?

This brother can have a long career playing this game at a high-level. The A’s have a gem in Kemp and this will be a big season for our brother out there on the West coast.