Saturday, December 17, 2011

Reds Land Latos for Prospects

Okay so I've seen the message boards, "We gave up too much" "Alonso was our future" and so on. Just hold on to your seats there guys. I look at it like this, I'm sick of losing, I want to win now! Sure we won the division in 2010, but how'd we do in the playoffs? I don't think that any of you were surprised we got swept, I mean look at the Phillies pitching staff. Now in no way am I regarding Johnny Cueto and Mat Latos in the same light as Cliff Lee and Doc Halladay, but pitching wins championships.

Let's look at what we gave up.

Yonder Alonso, the biggest trading piece the Reds had, it didn't matter who we got, he was going to be the one to go. The man without a position, sure we could have moved him to left but lets be honest here, he's no left fielder, and if you thought Adam Dunn was a defensive downgrade, you should hear some scouting on this guys left field. The biggest problem with keeping this guy in Cincinnati is Joey Votto, after the departure of Pujols, and most likely Fielder, he is probably the best position player in the NL central, if not the NL right now. What are you going to do? Platoon Joey and Yonder? Come on! If we played in the AL this no problem, but we play real baseball on the senior circuit, so no DH.

Yasmani Grandal, the next great catcher. We have Meseraco and Hanigan, even if Mez doesn't pan out to be a superstar, Hanigan has proven time and time again that he is one of the best clutch hitters on this team.

Brad Boxberger, Regarded as the future closer. This seems like the piece that the Padres needed to put this deal together. Looking to replace Heath Bell, it's a quality loss, but it had to be done.

Edinson Volquez. If you ask me, about damn time. This guy has no been consistent whatsoever, between the fatigue, the attitude, the steroid suspension, and everything else you get with the man, this doesn't bother me whatsoever, I wish him good luck in the future and hope he can turn things around in that big old ballpark out in San Diego.

What we have to remember is that THESE ARE PROSPECTS, this is not major league proven talent, Latos on the other hand is, and while I would love to have all those guys in my organization, I'll take Latos right now. This tells me that the Reds are ready to win now and not wanting to be mediocre for the years to come. Now is the time to win Reds fans and we just got a lot better.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Pull The Trigger Already Walt!

Last year our two big "acquisitions" were signing Edgar Renteria and Fred Lewis. While I realize that the Reds are not a large market team like New York or Los Angeles and we aren't going to be in on any high end free agents like the Fielders or Pujols of the world, we are going in need of one thing. Pitching!

The Reds biggest issue at the moment may be replacing Francisco Cordero, who seems to be less likely to re-sign after each passing day. With closers like Brad Lidge and Ryan Madson on the market the club will likely sign a closer at a discount compared to the astronomical sum of twelve million dollars they were paying Cordero the last few years. Names from within have also surfaced as possibilities as closers such as; Homer Bailey, Aroldis Chapman, and Edinson Volquez. You can already forget about Bailey or Chapman closing. Chapman is likely to start this season and if not will stay in the bullpen as a set-up or long reliever. There is no way that Bailey is going to be a bullpen guy, assuming the Reds don't go out and sign two sure fire rotation guys, Bailey will be competing for a spot. That leaves Volquez, and I hate to say it, but I could see Volquez closing games, with an A+ fastball changup combonation all he would have to do is cut down on walks and I could see this as viable. Although I still feel the best option would be adding a closer via free agency.

Next we need to address the need that it seems the Reds lack every year. Top of the rotation starting pitching. It seems as though we are going to aquire this via Trade as opposed to free agency so we can look for a top end guy with a favorable contract situation. At the moment there are three guys that seem to be rising to the top of all the talks, Gio Gonzalez of the A's, James Shields of the Rays, and Jair Jurrgens of the Braves.

The A's were supposedly asking for Gonzalez the sum of Yonder Alonso, Yasmani Grandal, and another top prospect. Gio is a tough pitcher, one of the best in the game, but when you look at his K/BB ratio it is similar to that of one Edinson Volquez, Gonzalez also doesn't have a favorable groundball to flyball ratio which could fair poorly with a move to GABP.

James Shields is going to demand a kings ransom as well, but what you have to ask yourself, Is it worth it? The Reds only have Joey Votto under contract for two more seasons and seems unlikely to return to The Nati for the 2014 season. Is it worth selling a couple of your best farm pieces? Is Jocketty going to cement himself in Reds history as the GM that couldn't make a deal? Only time will tell, and time is beginning to pass this club by if nothing changes soon.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Reds lineup vs. Braves, 7:35 p.m.

Reds lineup vs. Braves, 7:35 p.m.: Stubbs 8, Phillips 4, Votto 3, Rolen 5, Bruce 9, Lewis 7, Hernandez 2, Janish 6, Leake (3-2, 5.70 ERA) vs. Braves RH Tommy Hanson (5-3, 2.72 ERA)

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Tonights Reds Lineup v. Phillies

CF- Drew Stubbs
2B- Brandon Phillips
1B- Joey Votto
3B- Scott Rolen
RF- Jay Bruce
C- Ramon Hernandez
LF- Fred Lewis
SS- Edgar Renteria
P- Travis Wood

Decent lineup. Would really like to see Heisey out there again. And Lets see Drew Stubbs bunt more, loved it. Lets see Wood pitch like last time he went head to head with Halladay.

Aroldis Chapman Can Fix Your Tummy Ache

Tuesday, May 24, 2011


It's become pretty standard for Jay Bruce over the past week to crush the baseball.  The only difference this time is it's the first one that went towards a Reds W.  RBI's 31, 32, and 33 could not have come at a better time for the Reds' Right fielder as he drove a double off the wall against Phillies' relief pitcher Ryan Madson giving the Reds a 6-3 lead over the Phils.

Johnny Cueto pitched a quality start allowing 3 runs in 6 innings.  Pitched into trouble a couple times but only allowing the Phillies to go 2 for 9 with runners in scoring position.  Cueto really didn't have his best stuff tonight but made pitches when he need to.

This snaps a six game slide for the Redlegs, their longest since 2009 and hopefully will be a springboard into June.  Tomorrow will be Travis Wood and Roy Halladay on the mound.  This being a rematch of the game last year when Wood had a perfect game going into the ninth inning and still got the loss to Doc.  Hopefully the Reds can do what few teams can do and beat Halladay after he embarrassed them in the NLDS last season with a no-no.

View the Box Score here 

Not So Fast Frazier, Bronson Update

Not so fast Todd Frazier, while most of us figured he would at least be with the big club this whole series, Dusty and Walt sent him packing for Louisville in favor of RHP Carlos Fisher.

Bronson Arroyo got checked out for back spasms by team doctors today. It seems as though he will not miss any time and will be back out for his next start.

Reds Lineup vs Phillies tonight

CF- Stubbs
2B- Phillips

1B- Votto
3B- Rolen
RF- Bruce
C- Hernandez
LF- Heisey
SS- Janish
P- Cueto 

I like this, I think putting Phillips in the 2 spot is going to get himself and Stubbs more pitches to hit. and the way Bruce is swinging the bat Rolen is going to get some fat pitches as well. I actually feel this is the best line-up the Reds have. Although Hanigan and Hernandez are pretty much interchangeable!

Bronson Leaves Team: Heads Back to Cincy

Lance McAlister reporting today that Bronson Aroyyo left the team and went back to Cincinnati today. This coming after a couple very poor outings.

If you ask me something is wrong with Bronson. He just didn't look right in last nights game and is likely headed back to be checked out by team doctors. Let's hope for the best because Bronson is our top innings eater and one that many consider the ace of our staff.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Why We Suck!

Seems like just yesterday we were sweeping the Cardinals right out of first place. Now with the Reds losing streak at six games we are 2.5 back tied with the Brewers for second. Everything seemed to be going as planned until we dropped two to the Buccos and then got swept right out of Cleveland. But where should the finger pointing begin, I mean, Volquez only pitches every 5th day.

Can you blame the offense? .236/.306/.373 over the last seven days, that line won't win you pennant. Can you blame the Pitching? The starters have a WHIP of 1.35 which ranks 3rd from the bottom only ahead of Houston and Chicago in the NL and an ERA of almost 5 this season. While the bullpen is giving up 1.34 WHIP and a 3.34 ERA, not much better at all.

The truth of the matter is that besides a couple players (Jay Bruce and Homer Bailey), we suck right now. Not taking advantage of RISP, hitting into double plays, and just not caring (Volquez).

But fear not, a lot of things are going on with this club. Between just sending down Volquez, getting Frazier up here, and stripping Johnny Gomes of his starting role (we can only hope) the Reds will snap out of this. Don't forget, before this skid we had an 11-2 run. Which this club is perfectly capable of busting into a winning streak.

So the fact of the matter Reds' Nation we can get through this, and before you know it we'll be playing the ball we are capable of.

On a brighter note, here is this

Reds Shake things up? Could be interesting!

Okay, been a while gonna start blogging on here more. Sorry bout that.

So if you haven't heard the news today, Edinson Volquez was sent to AAA (along with Jordan Smith but who really cares about that) and they bring up Matt Maloney ( on twitter) and Todd Frazier.

This is the best thing to happen in Redsland since last week. Was it me or did it just look like Volquez doesn't care. I mean I personally would have done this a couple weeks ago. Commenting after the game that our lack of offense was to blame? Wow Eddie, Slow your roll. 7 Runs in the first inning bro, not gonna fly. Your era looks like my golf score. I mean I remember talking great things about you, I really regret this now.

So up comes Matt Maloney and Todd Frazier, I really like the move for Mo and Frazier has hit his way into this spot this month, but I was really looking forward to Dontrell Willis making his Reds debut. The D-Train has been tossing pure cheddar this year but will move to the 7-Day DL do to a groin injury.

Also want to throw it up to Jay Bruce who has really come into form as of late (excluding Cleveland). I think while Votto is the reigning MVP the Reds season is going to go wherever Jay Bruce takes us.

And on a strange note, Where is Edgar Renteria, any official word on that, if anyone has heard anything let me know.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Volquez Named Opening Day Starter

Edinson Volquez will start Opening Day for the Redlegs this season. Dusty Baker says he wants to split up the rotation (hard-soft-hard) and not have Volquez and Cueto trying to out (Radar) Gun each other. We all know from the last couple years that Arroyo a. Doesn't like to throw at night, and b. Doesn't really get into the "Opening Day Hype."

Don't buy into this anymore that just an on paper move. Besides Volquez vs. Greinke sounds like great baseball game!

Read more with Mark Sheldon here.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Reds Season Preview 2011- Starting Pitching

It's that time of year again. Football season is winding down and right around the corner pitchers and catchers will be reporting to spring training. I started this blog a while back and never really followed through, so I figured we'll go at it on here until me and Anthony get the web site up.

Lets recap last season. The Reds finished the season on top of the NL Central division. Now this is not really a cinderella story but most analyst had us picked to finish third or fourth. Thanks to an MVP effort by Joey Votto, steady pitching, three gold glove performances (By Phillips, Rolen, and Arroyo), and leading the league in almost every major team offensive category, the Reds moved on to the playoffs only to be embarrassed by all three of the Phillies' aces. It was a great and memorable season but It's time to look forward to 2011, a year where it looks to be even tougher!

Although returning champions the Reds are still not obvious favorites to win the central. The Cubs made a big edition in aquiring Matt Garza from The Rays, the Brewers landed a top of the line ace in Zach Greinke, and the Cardinals are returning Carpenter, Wainright, and Garcia, not to mention Pujols and Holiday. So as you can see the Reds have their work cut out for them if they are looking to repeat in the central.

Lets start out by looking at our starting rotation.
1. Bronson Arroyo- Ever since coming to the reds in 2006 Bronson has pitched an average of 217.1 innings, with an average era of right at 4. Considering he pitches over half his games in GABP a 4 era over 5 seasons there is pretty damn good. Look for Bronson Arroyo to eat up another 200 or so innings and win you at least 15 games or so. When you look at his impact don't just look at games he pitches in. His rubber arm eating innings allows our bullpen to stay off the mound giving them plenty of rest for other nights. The Reds were able to structure a new deal with Bronson keeping him in a Reds uniform through 2013, also deffering most of the money freeing up salary space.

2. Johnny Cueto- Oh Johnny. What can we say about your performances of 2010. 12 wins, 3.64 era, erratic at times, gave me heart palpitations but got the job done. You never know what you are going to get out of Cueto. Cueto often lets his emotions get the best of him and pitches into and out of sticky situations often. Johnny will be 25 this season and barring injury his best years should be ahead of him. He all the tools, a hard fastball, a wicked breaking ball, and a nasty change up. Look for him to pick up where he left off, I don't see him winning less than 12 games this season, but you never know.

3. Edinson Volquez- It all comes down to this. How is Edinson Volquez going to react to that disastrous start in the playoffs and is he 100% back in form after tommy johns in 2009? In 2008 Volquez was probably the best pitcher on our staff. 2009 started off mediocre before being sidelined with an elbow injury and surgery. Edinson has all the tools to be an ace pitcher, he still has one of the hardest fastballs on the team, and has a nasty change up. This is a make or break year for Volquez, he has to pitch up to his potential because there is plenty of young talent waiting for an opportunity to get a crack at the rotation. I really can't make a prediction on Volquez because I don't have a clue how he's going to pitch, let's hope he gets some good early starts to get his confidence rolling and hopefully that carries through the season.

4. Homer Bailey- Homer Bailey, once considered our saving grace now is struggling to keep a job in our starting rotation. I have him in the 4 spot just because I think that is where he will start off the season. Homer, like Volquez and Cueto, has plenty of potential and is still relatively young. His pitching really improved when he was sent down to Louisville and developed a split finger fastball. I really like Homer, I think that he was put under so much pressure when he arrived in the Queen City because expectations were so high. Homer showed us flashes of brilliant pitching when he wasn't sidelined on the DL. If he can stay off the DL I don't see why he couldn't have a great year.

5. Ah the 5 spot. Mike Leake and Travis wood seem to be the favorites heading in. No one can say enough about what Mike Leake did last year making the jump strait from NCAA to The Show, he pitched amazing, I remember in his first start loading the bases full of Cubs with no outs and then allowing no runs to score. Typical Cubs baseball but brilliant none the less. Travis Wood may be my favorite pitcher on the team. You couldn't tell if this guy was having a good day or if his grandma just had a stroke. The guy has ice running through his veins. Lets not forget that he took a great Phillies lineup into the ninth with a perfect game going. He probably would have won if he wasn't facing the best pitcher in either league.

Other Candidates

-Sam Lecure came up and had a couple decent games. He's not a lights out pitcher but I think he is a great guy to have ready and waiting because chance are at some point in the season someone will be on the DL

-Aroldis Chapman. Look for Chapman to start the season off in the bullpen. He will probably get a couple spring training starts and we'll see how he looks. He is still in the developmental stages of his career, I don't know if he will make the rotation at any point this season but he will electrify crowds in whatever role he plays.

Overall I think we have a solid pitching rotation. Nothing compared to the Phillies but one that will keep us in ball games regularly. Hopefully Arroyo can get his ass into gear early as he is traditionally a pitcher that needs a few starts under his belt before he really starts pitching great. Bryan Price is a good pitching coach and develops players well. There is a lot of potential to be had and I think a lot of wins can be claimed by the starters this year.

-Please comment and let me know your opinions, feel free to email me and about once a month I'm gonna try and do a Q & A post.