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I have seen a lot of 2012 National League Central predictions and thought I would share my predictions. Many experts still think St. Louis Cardinals will be the top team, but if you look at my predictions I won’t show them any love at all, because I really think their losses out weigh their gains this offseason. Plus, they did not finish first last season with what they had so it is not easy for me to understand how people expect them to get first in 2012. I do think the Pirates will have a good season though and they could be a tough team to beat again for the Reds this season.
Now, of course these are just my early thoughts on what the standings will look like and I have been wrong many years. I do have a feeling though that the Cardinals and Brewers are going to have a tough time repeating what they did in 2011. Not just because of Prince Fielder and Albert Pujols but because of everything that has happened this offseason.
My 2012 National League Central Prediction:
1. Cincinnati Reds
2. Pittsburgh Pirates
3. Milwaukee Brewers
4. St. Louis Cardinals
5. Chicago Cubs
6. Houston Astros
Kerry Wood might be leaving Chicago Cubs to sign with Philadelphia Phillies. If this happens it will go down as another move this offseason that will help the Cincinnati Reds in 2012 which they did not have to make. [Source]
Kerry Wood has a career 14-6 record against the Reds with a 2.85 ERA. With 201 strike outs while only giving up 59 walks in 161.1 IP and 47 games. He has a 4-3 record at Great American Ball Park and a 4.05 ERA with 66 strike outs and 17 walks along with only allowing 7 home runs in 53.1 innings pitched. (17 games)
If Kerry Wood does leave the Cubs this will be another move that has pushed the Reds closer to first place in the National League Central without them making any other moves. The Reds did get Sean Marshall and Mat Latos in trades earlier this offseason and are waiting to find out if they will re-sign closer Francisco Cordero but other than that they have not had to really do much more.
This has been one very interesting offseason for Reds fans. First we saw Albert Pujols along with manager Tony LaRussa leave St. Louis Cardinals. Prince Fielder is not expected to return to Milwaukee Brewers and Ryan Braun is expected to get a 50 game suspension due to testing positive for PEDs. The Chicago Cubs are cleaning house and are dealing away most of their high salary players like Carlos Zambrano and there are still rumors that Matt Garza might be next. Houston Astros are in a rebuilding year and are getting ready to move to the American League. Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds are the only teams in National League Central that have not been losing lots of their key players this offseason.
There are rumors going around that Chicago Cubs are trading Carlos Zambrano to Miami Marlins. I thought I would add my two cents. I am glad he is leaving the National League Central, this is another move not done by the Reds that really helps the team.
Carlos Zambrano has a 17-11 record and a 3.28 career ERA vs. the Reds and a 9-3, 3.31 ERA at Great American Ball Park.
Carlos Zambrano career vs. Cincinnati Reds
AB H SO BA OBP SLG OPS Brandon Phillips 47 11 11 .234 .345 .426 .771 Scott Rolen 48 9 8 .188 .235 .396 .631 Edgar Renteria 39 14 9 .359 .468 .436 .904 Joey Votto 26 9 2 .346 .433 .500 .933 Jay Bruce 18 4 2 .222 .364 .389 .753 Ramon Hernandez 15 3 2 .200 .200 .200 .400 Miguel Cairo 12 3 5 .250 .357 .333 .690 Drew Stubbs 11 3 5 .273 .333 .273 .606 Dontrelle Willis 7 1 1 .143 .143 .143 .286 Ryan Hanigan 6 2 1 .333 .333 .500 .833 Johnny Cueto 3 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 Yonder Alonso 2 2 0 1.000 1.000 2.500 3.500 Juan Francisco 3 0 3 .000 .000 .000 .000 Bronson Arroyo 2 1 0 .500 .500 .500 1.000 Nick Masset 1 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 Homer Bailey 1 1 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000 Todd Frazier 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 Total 242 63 51 .260 .344 .401 .745
I wanted to try out a podcast to start off 2012. I am not sure if I will do a lot of podcasts but if feedback is good it might become a welcome addition to the blog. This first episode is about what I have posted on 2r2d blog. Mat Latos, Sean Marshall and Josh Judy are talked about in this episode.
Some people think Ryan Madson is an option for the Cincinnati Reds. I am one of those fans that really hope Walt Jocketty and the Reds front office either re-sign Francisco Cordero or go with in-house options. Ryan Madson is rumored to be looking for a one year deal and there are only two teams that really are good suitors for him right now. The Reds and Los Angeles Angels. [Source]
In 8 games (8 IP) Madson has given up 4 home runs in Great American Ball Park. I really don’t think he is the kind of closer the Reds need right now. Even if it is for only one year this deal just does not work for the Reds. Cordero at 2 years would make a lot more sense for the team since they already know he is durable and can pitch well in GABP.
There is no doubt that Ryan Madson is a great pitcher and with some of the National League Central teams he has a great ERA, but as we all know judging relief pitchers off of ERA is not always the best way to do it. I was more interested in how many home runs he gave up. I really hope Madson is not a real option that the Reds are looking into and I wish a reporter close to the Reds would finally ask Walt Jocketty about it so then we could crush this rumor before it gets worse. If Cordero does not re-sign I really think they will go with in-house guys like Walt said. Now don’t get me wrong, having Madson on the team would be nice but maybe as setup man with Sean Marshall for closer Cordero. But, I really doubt the Reds would have money for that because Madson’s agent is Scott Boras and we all know Boras loves to get big bucks for his guys. With that said, I think the Reds would save money by re-signing Cordero for 2 or 3 years.
Career numbers for Ryan Madson at Great American Ball Park.
Split W L ERA G IP H ER HR WHIP CIN-GreatAmer BP 1 1 7.88 8 8.0 10 7 4 1.500
Career numbers for Ryan Madson in National League Central Ball Parks.
Split W L ERA G SV IP H ER HR SO WHIP CHC-Wrigley Fld 0 1 5.68 9 1 6.1 7 4 2 7 1.421 CIN-GreatAmer BP 1 1 7.88 8 3 8.0 10 7 4 8 1.500 HOU-MinuteMaidPk 0 1 4.15 9 0 8.2 12 4 1 8 1.615 MIL-Miller Pk 0 1 1.42 8 3 6.1 7 1 0 5 1.579 PIT-PNC Pk 1 1 4.50 6 0 8.0 9 4 2 6 1.250 STL-Busch Stad 3 0 0 1.93 11 0 14.0 8 3 2 10 0.929
Career numbers for Ryan Madson vs. National League Central teams.
Split W L ERA G SV IP H ER HR WHIP Chicago Cubs 1 1 5.51 20 2 16.1 20 10 4 1.531 Cincinnati Reds 4 4 6.99 24 3 28.1 33 22 7 1.412 Houston Astros 0 3 4.15 21 1 21.2 25 10 2 1.292 Milwaukee Brewers 3 1 1.74 18 4 20.2 19 4 1 1.258 Pittsburgh Pirates 2 1 2.08 14 2 17.1 15 4 2 0.923 St. Louis Cardinals 1 1 1.72 22 0 31.1 19 6 2 0.830
After a fun and exciting day yesterday with the trade of Travis Wood, Dave Sappelt and Ronald Torreyes from the Reds for Sean Marshall from Chicago Cubs and the Reds selecting Josh Judy off waivers from Cleveland Indians I have just found out that we might have missed a deal. I am reading that the “Cincinnati Reds signed [catcher] Brian Esposito as a free agent.”
Esposito was drafted in the 5th round of the 2000 amateur draft by Boston Red Sox and has been on six MLB teams, only two of which he actually played in the big leagues. St. Louis Cardinals for one game and Houston Astros for two. (3 AB, 0 hits, 1 SO) He is a minor league catcher who has played 12 seasons. (234 games in AAA and 238 games in AA) He is not much of a hitter (.216 BA in 12 seasons in minors) but his fielding is not to bad with 87 PB, 534 SB, 195 CS, 27% CS% in 655 games. This would mean they would have Corky Miller (35 years old) and Brian Esposito (32 years old) ready to come up if there are any injuries to Reds catchers Ryan Hanigan or Devin Mesoraco. I think having two veteran catchers like this in the farm system is a good move by the Reds.
This move has not been confirmed by Cincinnati Reds on mlb.com but it could be a move to help with the loss of catching prospect Yasmani Grandal to San Diego Padres in the Mat Latos trade. If this is a move that they did make it shows that they are very comfortable with playing Hanigan and Mesoraco in 2012. And it also shows that all of those arm-chair General Managers still wishing for Mesoraco in a trade to their team this offseason will have to wait even longer.
Wow, what a day for Cincinnati Reds. First they finally published the Sean Marshall trade with the names of the two ‘minor leaguers.’ Chicago Cubs traded LHP Sean Marshall to Cincinnati Reds for LHP Travis Wood, OF Dave Sappelt and minor league IF Ronald Torreyes. Many fans were very upset all day about the news and most Cubs fans were sad to see Marshall go because of the type of player he is on and off the field. I am one of those that think this is a good move for both clubs, even if it is division rivals.
Many of us thought the Reds were done for the day after that news but no, they then announced that they claimed right-handed reliever Josh Judy off waivers from the Indians. Many people were not to excited about this move because they don’t know who Josh is, but once they get to see this kid pitch they should start to come around. He has a lot of promise and should work out for the Reds very nicely, either in AAA at the start of the season or in the Reds bullpen after spring training. Either way, it is a very nice move by the Reds to help fill up their 40 man roster again, which dipped down to 36 after the two big trades. I just had the pleasure of meeting @XS_Sports, (Excess Sports) they represent Josh Judy and we are all very excited to see how well Josh does in a Reds jersey.
Walt Jocketty told reporters that they are done until the New Year. Once 2012 is here though, they should get busy on trying to find a closer, they are still trying to re-sign Francisco Cordero and a right-handed power hitting left fielder along with other players for the bench. Of course Walt did not say how he was going to get those players but many think they will look at free agents for it. I think he is going to keep trading for what they need.
I had a blast today reading all of the fans comments about the trade and some of the messages on twitter by some of the Cincinnati Reds insiders were very positive and motivating. Jamie Ramsey said on twitter today;
“I’ve been with the Reds since ’97 and man, we had to put on a happy face during some really really tough years….” [Source]
“….this stuff we’re doing now under Bob C. and Walt is not only exciting, but it’s fun. Very encouraging and puts a pep in our step.” [Source]
Of course some upset fans had to jump on these comments and ruin the mood but it was still a very nice day to be a Reds fan. Walt will never make every fan happy, and he knows that but if this team wins the World Series, I am sure those very upset fans right now will find it in their hearts to forgive him.