This seemed to take forever to get the call but this is something that will happen a lot in the near future as they work out all the kinks in these rules.
Originally posted on For The Win:
Time to convene the MLB rules committee again. This can’t happen:
With the bases loaded in the third inning of the Reds-Pirates game on Wednesday, Pittsburgh pitcher Stolmy Pimentel made a great play on an infield dribbler to force Reds baserunner Devin Mesoraco out at home plate by a step.
But upon review, umpires determined that Pirates catcher Russell Martin did not provide Mesoraco a clear path to the plate, so by the so-called “Buster Posey rule” implemented this season in the hopes of eliminating collisions at home, Mesoraco was ruled safe and the Reds were granted a run.
There’s a reasonable argument to be made that Martin did, in fact, provide Mesoraco a path — his foot was planted on the outside part of the plate with the rest of his body in foul territory. But that’s up to the umpire’s interpretation on replay, and doesn’t much…
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Frazier does very well in the field. His power at the plate this season has been a lot of fun to watch too.
Originally posted on Under the Nati Lights:
We recently shined the lights on the fact Todd Frazier is being totally ignored in the latest All-Star game voting.
So as UTNL continues to prop the “Todd Father” up, it’s worth pointing out Frazier is playing some pretty sound third base. This is only worth mentioning because there was a time a lot of us wondered if Frazier would be able to handle playing the hot corner.
With a UZR of 2.0, Frazier has proved he can handle the workload, and is ranked No. 6 defensively among all third basemen in baseball by the Fan Graphs. Frazier has six errors in 164 chances, with a .964 fielding percentage.
Frazier also finished 2013 in the No. 6 spot, so it’s safe to say, the club has good glove at one of the toughest defensive spots on the field.
Hamilton has been doing great this season. Always fun to watch play.
Originally posted on HardballTalk:
Billy Hamilton is the fastest man in baseball and when the Reds named him their Opening Day center fielder tons of people got excited to see how many bases he could steal as a rookie despite not being much of a hitter. So far the answer is … well, it turns out he can actually hit too.
Hamilton went hitless in his first 12 at-bats of the season, but since then he’s hit .294 with four homers, 17 total extra-base hits, and a .751 OPS in 60 games. This season the National League as a whole has posted a .702 OPS, so Hamilton has been a well above-average hitter for two months now.
Oh, and he’s also stolen 28 bases in those 60 games, which is why everyone was so damn excited for his arrival in the first place.
Hamilton hasn’t done a good job controlling the strike zone and…
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This is going to be talked about quite a bit now. Votto needs to hit a few home runs today to redeem himself now.
This is going to be a great series. I am looking forward to this one.
Originally posted on Better Off Red:
Friday, June 20, 2014 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Toronto Blue Jays, 7:10 p.m.
• Fireworks: Post-game Rozzi’s fireworks show featuring a Grateful Dead soundtrack presented by Jeff Wyler Automotive Family.
• Honorary Captain: Danny Graves, the Reds all-time saves leader, will serve as the Honorary Captain of the game. Danny will be signing autographs at the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum on Friday and Saturday.
• #RedsSocial Night: Fans of the Reds on social media can purchase a special ticket package for only $32 that includes a seat in the #RedsSocial section and an exclusive @DatDudeBP shirt. Limited number of tickets available at reds.com/RedsSocial. Presented by Cincinnati.com.
• American Heart Association – Go Red for Women: During pregame ceremonies, the Reds will recognize the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign with special survivor’s parade and check presentation.
• St. Vincent de Paul Canned Food Drive: Fans who…
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Hoover looked great at the plate last night. Nice to see a pitcher waiting for a good pitch.
Originally posted on MLBFeed.us:
Reds reliever J.J. Hoover entered the game in the seventh after a rain delay and was tasked with finishing the 11-4 victory on Wednesday, and he drew a walk from Pirates outfielder Travis Snider in his first career plate appearance.
Ludwick was starting to put together some nice hits lately. Hopefully this does not put him on the DL.
Reds aim to cap sweep of Bucs behind Bailey
The opportunity for the Reds to hand the Pirates their first home sweep since 2012 presents itself Thursday with Homer Bailey on the mound opposite Jeff Locke at PNC Park. Source
Reds vs Pirates
7 – 3 ERA 4.68
8 – 5 ERA 3.20 (Career vs PIT)
In Friday’s no-decision vs. the Crew, Bailey had a long fourth inning that brought him up to 70 pitches. He course-corrected and used only 22 over the next two scoreless innings. He seems to have righted himself the past 11 starts after a bad April.
1 – 1 ERA 3.58
2 – 2 ERA 4.26
0 – 0 ERA 4.57
2-0 ERA 0.42
0-1 ERA 1.06
2-7 ERA 4.52
1 -Billy Hamilton doubles (11) on a soft line drive to left fielder Starling Marte.
1 – With Joey Votto batting, Billy Hamilton steals (29) 3rd base.
3 – Billy Hamilton grounds out, third baseman Pedro Alvarez to first baseman Gaby Sanchez.
5 – Billy Hamilton strikes out swinging.
8 – Billy Hamilton strikes out swinging.
10 – Billy Hamilton grounds out, second baseman Clint Barmes to first baseman Gaby Sanchez.
1 – Todd Frazier grounds out, third baseman Pedro Alvarez to first baseman Gaby Sanchez.
3 – Todd Frazier called out on strikes.
6 – Todd Frazier singles on a sharp line drive to left fielder Starling Marte. Todd Frazier out at 2nd, left fielder Starling Marte to second baseman Josh Harrison.
8 – Todd Frazier singles on a ground ball to right fielder Gregory Polanco.
10 – Todd Frazier singles on a soft fly ball to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
10 – With Brandon Phillips batting, Todd Frazier caught stealing 2nd base, pitcher Jared Hughes to second baseman Clint Barmes to first baseman Gaby Sanchez.
1 – Joey Votto out on a sacrifice fly to center fielder Andrew McCutchen. Billy Hamilton scores.
4 – Joey Votto doubles (12) on a sharp line drive to right fielder Gregory Polanco.
6 – Joey Votto grounds out to first baseman Gaby Sanchez.
8 – Joey Votto flies out to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
10 – Joey Votto flies out to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
1 – Brandon Phillips grounds out, second baseman Josh Harrison to first baseman Gaby Sanchez.
4 – Brandon Phillips flies out to center fielder Andrew McCutchen. Joey Votto to 3rd.
6 – Brandon Phillips grounds out softly to first baseman Gaby Sanchez.
8 – Brandon Phillips grounds into a force out, shortstop Clint Barmes to second baseman Josh Harrison. Todd Frazier out at 2nd.
11 – Brandon Phillips lines out to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
2 – Jay Bruce flies out to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
4 – Jay Bruce out on a sacrifice fly to center fielder Andrew McCutchen. Joey Votto scores.
7 – Jay Bruce grounds out, first baseman Gaby Sanchez to pitcher Tony Watson.
9 – Jay Bruce flies out to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
11 – Jay Bruce grounds out, second baseman Clint Barmes to first baseman Gaby Sanchez.
2 – Devin Mesoraco grounds out, third baseman Pedro Alvarez to first baseman Gaby Sanchez.
4 – Devin Mesoraco lines out softly to second baseman Josh Harrison.
7 – Devin Mesoraco walks.
9 – Devin Mesoraco homers (10) on a fly ball to left field.
11 – Devin Mesoraco grounds out softly to first baseman Gaby Sanchez.
2 – Chris Heisey reaches on a fielding error by first baseman Gaby Sanchez.
5 – Chris Heisey flies out to right fielder Gregory Polanco.
7 – Chris Heisey flies out to right fielder Gregory Polanco.
9 – Chris Heisey flies out to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
12 – Chris Heisey strikes out on a foul tip.
2 – Zack Cozart grounds out, shortstop Clint Barmes to first baseman Gaby Sanchez.
5 – Zack Cozart walks.
7 – Zack Cozart singles on a line drive to center fielder Andrew McCutchen. Devin Mesoraco to 2nd.
9 – Zack Cozart doubles (12) on a line drive to center fielder Andrew McCutchen, deflected by left fielder Starling Marte.
12 – Zack Cozart grounds out, shortstop Jordy Mercer to first baseman Gaby Sanchez.
3 – Homer Bailey grounds out, second baseman Josh Harrison to first baseman Gaby Sanchez.
5 – Homer Bailey out on a sacrifice bunt, catcher Chris Stewart to second baseman Josh Harrison. Zack Cozart to 2nd.
7 – Ryan Ludwick grounds out softly, second baseman Josh Harrison to first baseman Gaby Sanchez.
9 – Brayan Pena lines out to right fielder Gregory Polanco.
12 – Tony Cingrani grounds out, pitcher Justin Wilson to first baseman Gaby Sanchez.
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Snider has bragging rights for the rest of his life.
Originally posted on HardballTalk:
Travis Snider has never really lived up to the potential people thought he had when he was a first round pick back in 2006, but maybe he just needs to be put in the right role. Like, say, the guy you bring in to strike out dangerous lefties? That’s what the Pirates’ outfielder did last night when, thanks to rain delays and game which was 9-3 in favor of the opposition to start the ninth, Snider was called on to pitch to the Reds.
He was no great shakes, that’s for sure. He retired Skip Schumaker on a groundout, but then walked the next two hitters, gave up an RBI double and then gave up another run on a fielder’s choice. That brought up Joey Votto, with the speedy Billy Hamilton on base. And Snider did what everyone expected him to do: struck out one of baseball’s best, most patient hitters swinging.
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