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THAT BIG RED MACHINE HAS DEVELOPED A FEW SPUTTERS
William Leggett
October 05, 1970
While the Mets sank inexorably in the East, the Cincinnati Reds, who long before had celebrated the winning of the West, were not standing idly by. They were moving—in fits and starts, just as they had been since July, when the engine of their "Big Red Machine" began sputtering, crying out, perhaps, for a good lube job and a change of sparkplugs. The best thing about the team's nickname was that it brought instant fame, as Murderers' Row memorialized the New York Yankees and Gas-house Gang the St. Louis Cardinals. But those teams had longevity. The worst thing about the Big Red Machine is that it might remind people of those one-year wonders, the Philadelphia Whiz Kids of 1950.
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October 05, 1970

That Big Red Machine Has Developed A Few Sputters

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The Minnesota starters go as far as they can and then turn the game over to the bullpen, baseball's best: Stan Williams and Ron Perranoski, who between them have made 130 appearances and saved 47 games, winning 17 and losing nine. The Twins, underrated by all except the odds-makers, could just sneak into the final act.

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