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Cincinnati Reds 2010 Thread
Posted 03 March 2010 - 01:31 PM
I'm guessing Chapman starts out in Lynchberg, which will keep Dusty from turning his arm into Cincinnati chili at least until September.
Posted 03 March 2010 - 05:05 PM
2009 record: 78-84 (4th,NL Central)
Coming: Aroldis Chapman, Aaron Miles, Orlando Cabrera, Josh Anderson, Miguel Cairo, Jose Arredondo, Kip Wells (seriously?!)
Going: Willy Taveras, Adam Rosales, Jeremy Affeldt, other flotsam and jetsam
Don't know if they're coming or going: Jonny Gomes, Laynce Nix
Disabled List: Edinson Volquez (60 day [Tommy John]; ETA midseason)
Aroldis Chapman - RHP 100mph stuff, only 21 and fresh off the boat. Starts the year: High A Ends the year: September call up
Yonder Alonzo - 1B Great prospect; would probably be starting if not for Votto. The Reds are trying to teach him 3B to get him in the lineup Starts: AA Ends: Sept. call up - still 1B
Todd Frazier - 2B/OF/3B/1B jack-of-all-trades defensively; master of none. Probably the first one to get the call if an infielder gets injured. Starts: AAA Ends: The Show-bench/platoon* division
Chris Heisey - OF Classic over-acheiver who's short on power. His ceiling is probably that of a platoon partner against LHP Starts: AAA Ends: AAA
* I couldn't find minor league splits on Frazier nor commentary to suggest that he has a differential, so I've no idea if he's a platoon candidate or not.
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This is an intriguing pitching staff; it could end up as one of the better rotations in the NL, though a lot of pieces would have to break the right way. Harang anchors the staff; he's not the same pitcher he was 3 years ago, but should eat innings for the Reds. Arroyo should really be the No. 1, but in typical fashion turned it down so he could "sit back and enjoy the Opening Day celebration". He's been a horse since arriving in Cincy, though the sharp drop in K/9 last year (7.34 to 5.19) may be troubling. Cueto and Bailey are bookends; Cueto was lights out the 1st half, but once again faded as the innings piled up. Bailey was sent down twice early last year due to ineffectiveness, but finished up going 5-1 with a 1.75 ERA in his last eight starts. If they can figure out how to pitch for a full season, the rotation is looking in good shape. The last spot is likely to be a placeholder for Volquez or possibly Chapman; candidates include Mike Leake, Matt Maloney, Micah Owings, and Justin Lehr.
Francisco Cordero RHP - closer
Nick Masset RHP
Arthur Rhodes LHP
Jared Burton RHP
Bill Bray LHP - coming off Tommy John; will probably start the year on DL
Danny Ray Herrera LHP
Mike Lincoln RHP
whomever misses out on the 5th starter job
Cordero has a solid grasp on the closer job, with Masset waiting in the wings. Burton has a decent arm, and you got to love Herrera as a 5'5" lefty screwballer ala Fernando.
There's some question around the 2-hole and the back 3 spots. It appears that Baker intends to bat Phillips in the 4-hole again, per the Cincinnati Enquirer. That should be a question, but isn't.
Drew Stubbs - R - CF
Orlando Cabrera - R - SS
Joey Votto - L - 1B
Brandon Phillips - R - 2B
Scott Rolen - R - 3B
Jay Bruce - L - RF
Ramon Hernandez - R/Ryan Hanigan - R - C*
Jonny Gomes - R/Chris Dickerson - L - LF*
* could switch
Not a lot of pop in this lineup and it's stocked with 6-7-8 hitters; the price of being the Reds I guess. Votto and Bruce should grow into 4 hitters, but it's a lot to ask of kids - especially Votto who's dealing with anxiety disorder. Cabrera has no business in the 2 spot; Phillips is much better suited there than as cleanup. A better lineup would be:
Stubbs - R
Phillips - R
Votto - L
Gomes - R
Rolen - R
Bruce - L
Hernandez/Hanigan - R
Cabrera - R
It's still problematic and way too right-handed, but should make the best of what they have. If Votto or Bruce can handle the 4, I would probably move Gomes to the 6, Phillips to the 3, and the other of Votto or Bruce to the 2. Man, this team needs another LHB.
Chris Dickerson - L - OF May split time between LF and CF with Stubbs and Gomes; not a lot of upside
Paul Janish - R - SS all field, no hit; may be pushed by Frazier
Aaron Miles - S - INF Hits from both sides - neither well. bad offense got worse last season; versatility defensively is the only reason he might have a job
Ryan Hanigan - R - C slight upgrade defensively from Hernandez, mediocre average and surprisingly good OBP, but struggles to slug his weight. solid backup overall
Wladimir Balentien - R - OF has raw power, but has yet to realize it and his reverse split and 70% MLB contact rate makes it unlikely he'll get the chance. Breaking ball? bats are afraid - very afraid.
Fearless Prediction: 82-80 (3rd place, NL Central)
(edited to add bench)
Edited by Jack Clarks CFP, 04 March 2010 - 12:33 AM.
Posted 09 March 2010 - 09:24 AM
But the amazing part was the ease … there was no grunting, no straining, no laboring. You hear that line all the time about athletes who look as if they were born to do something. Chapman struck out David DeJesus on a hard-sweeping slider that seemed to break two feet. He struck out Chris Getz on a 100-mph fastball that sliced the outside corner – anyway Stewart clocked the pitch at 100 mph. Another scout clocked it at 102. Another got it at 98. Chris Getz’s speed approximation: “It was moving.”
Posnanski talks Chapman
Posted 26 March 2010 - 03:16 PM
Posted 02 April 2010 - 07:47 PM
Aaron Miles and Wladimir Balentien will not make the team; Jocketty will try to trade them if he can before they are waived/released.
Posted 03 April 2010 - 06:56 AM
Posted 08 April 2010 - 10:42 AM
- Cards pitcher Chris Carpenter hates slick balls (insert Pete Schweddy joke here)
- Yonder Alonzo to play primarily left field in AA
- Leake and Chapman pitch well in final tune-ups - Leake for Cincy debut, Chapman for Louisville
Edited by Jack Clarks CFP, 20 April 2010 - 02:33 PM.
Posted 20 April 2010 - 02:27 PM
I stand corrected on when the clock starts; he can begin serving immediately.
Edited by Jack Clarks CFP, 20 April 2010 - 02:38 PM.
Posted 30 April 2010 - 02:39 PM
From ESPN today (story is not about the Reds, but this snippet to prove the point was hilarious):
Posted 16 May 2010 - 09:21 PM
I've also included a link in which Albert Pujols is asked about under-the-radar pitchers who've impressed him - his answer*; Homer Bailey ("good stuff - live arm; good splitty; good curve; keeps the ball real down", "going to be amazing"). High praise indeed.
Pujols comments on Bailey
*FWIW, Pujols also mentioned Cole Hamels in this interview
Posted 08 June 2010 - 01:54 PM
Posted 26 June 2010 - 12:54 PM
Posted 16 July 2010 - 11:28 PM
Posted 21 July 2010 - 12:08 AM
Edited by Country Sinker, 21 July 2010 - 12:12 AM.
Posted 22 July 2010 - 01:59 PM
As to Adkins, it seems clear that Jocketty 1) sees the need for bullpen help, 2) doesn't think Adkins (2010 LOU - 5.46 ERA, .307 BAA in 31.1 innings) is it and 3) doesn't like the price he sees on the trade market. Springer and Isringhausen are clearly attempts to catch lightning in a bottle; I doubt they will clog the minor league rosters for long. They will either pitch well enough to make the major league bullpen or bad enough to get released. The Reds have seen enough of Adkins to know that he is not lightning; he's more like a AAA battery.
Your point on Jocketty's penchant for grabbing personnel from former teams is well taken; he has done so at every stop along his career. I would point out that it's not unusual to go back to your roots in this manner. His familiarity with the personnel gives him a good understanding of the value these people bring with them and his track record in doing so is rather good. La Russa, McGwire, Eckersley, and Rolen among others all paid huge dividends for him; the one real whiff I found in a quick search was Mark Mulder for Danny Haren, Kiko Colero, and Daric Barton (which he compounded by resigning Mulder). If he were paying big in either money or personnel for Springer or Isringhausen it would be one thing, but he isn't.
I guess on balance I would call Jocketty an above average GM. He is methodical in nature, and looks to improve his teams incrementally rather than through high risk/high return moves. His conservative nature does lead him down the beaten path more often than not, but that has not shown itself to be a significant handicap. What interests me the most about him is where he goes from here. His modus operandi in the past - particularly in St. Louis - had been to trade for established stars at the end of contracts and resigning them to big long-term deals, coupled with a general neglect for player development (which is odd considering that he started his major league career as farm director for the A's). Clearly he will be on the other side of the fence in Cincinnati. Since most of the minor league pipeline was filled before he took the job, it remains to be seen how well he can adapt. Drafting Yonder Alonzo, Mike Leake, and Yasmani Grandal and signing Aroldis Chapman in particular show that he's dedicating money to player development, but money is a finite commodity in Cincy and whether these players are promoted or traded will say much about Jocketty's ability to change his spots.
Posted 26 July 2010 - 03:06 AM
Again I thank you and I also appreciate that you were not condescending or just flat out rude. Both of which I have unfortunately experienced on here when I 'free wheeling say what I really think or feel about an issue.'
Posted 26 July 2010 - 11:11 PM
Posted 10 August 2010 - 12:58 PM
Phillips fouled a ball off his shin Saturday in Chicago and missed Sunday’s game. But he was in Monday’s lineup and said, “I’d play against these guys with one leg. We have to beat these guys. I hate the Cardinals. All they do is bitch and moan about everything, all of them, they’re little bitches, all of ‘em.“I really hate the Cardinals. Compared to the Cardinals, I love the Chicago Cubs. Let me make this clear: I hate the Cardinals.”
Posted 10 August 2010 - 07:37 PM
Outspoken Brandon Phillips was in the middle of a first-inning altercation between the Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Cardinals, who evidently don’t appreciate being called complainers.The second baseman had words with Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina when he came to bat in the bottom of the first inning Tuesday night. Phillips removed his helmet, and Molina took off his mask as their exchange escalated.
Both benches and bullpens emptied, but there was nothing more than shoving initially. Cardinals manager Tony La Russa and Reds manager Dusty Baker exchanged words in the middle of the crowd. Reds third baseman Scott Rolen went after Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter near the edge of the crowd, and the two wound up crunched against the backstop. Carpenter, who got the win in a 7-3 victory Monday night, got shoved into the backstop screen.
Reds starting pitcher Johnny Cueto ended up with his back against the backstop, kicking furiously to free himself from the mob.
The altercation ended after seven minutes. Rolen went up to Carpenter to make amends. Both managers were ejected but no players.
Posted 24 September 2010 - 09:49 PM
I am looking forward to seeing Bronson Arroyo in the post season again...and hoping the guy gets a win or two. Glad to see the Reds in.
Posted 24 September 2010 - 11:58 PM
Posted 29 September 2010 - 09:15 AM
Posted 29 September 2010 - 05:33 PM
For anyone who hasn't seen the video, it's great:
The Cincinnati Reds dramatically clinched the NL Central last night on a 9th inning walkoff HR from Jay Bruce in front of a crowd of 30,000+, making the postseason for the first time in 15 years. Really happy for them and their fans.
I'm going to be pulling for Bronson and the rest of the Reds come October. It's such a terrific story.
Posted 02 October 2010 - 06:47 PM
The Reds reached back and went with the choice least expected for Game 1 of the National League Division Series in selecting Edinson Volquez to take the ball.
In four starts since his recall from Dayton, Volquez is 1-1 with a 1.95 ERA. He has eight walks and 31 strikeouts. His power-armed velocity has regularly reached the 95-96 mph range.
"He's coming on pretty strong," Baker said. "He's been especially good against lefties. The Phillies have a lot of lefties."
Left-handed hitters are batting .229 vs. Volquez this season compared to .273 for right-handed hitters. The Phillies' lineup features lefty hitters Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Raul Ibanez, plus switch-hitters Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino.
Arroyo to start game 2, Cueto game 3.
Edited by judyb, 03 October 2010 - 12:22 PM.
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