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My next target


I have moved on from shaking my head and yelling at the TV for players like Drew Stubbs (who was traded) and Homer Bailey (who is now starting to pitch well) to a new target who seems to just get deeper and deeper on my … list. Devin Mesoraco has made some plays lately that have had me not only screaming at my TV but very close to throwing things at it too. But, I am trying to let the youngster grow up and learn from his mistakes like I was supposed to do with Drew Stubbs and Homer Bailey. Some days though, it is very hard not to yell. I just sit and chew on my tea tree toothpicks and hope he learns fast. It seems like he is just not in the game mentally some days and this is not a good thing when you are a catcher. I won’t even get started on his base running.

Now don’t get to upset with this rant, I like the kid and hope the scouts are right about him, but there are days when I really can’t understand some of the things he does. I guess this is the growing pains we fans have to put up with in order to have the star player everyone promises.

Another bad play

Blast after blast after blast (Do you remember?)


May 21, 2012 (Braves 1 at Reds 4)

Mike Leake, Zack Cozart and Drew Stubbs hit back to back to back home runs against the Braves to win 4 to 1. I remember watching this game and feeling that this season was going to be something special.

Leake’s first career homer

Cozart’s back-to-back jack

Stubbs goes back-to-back-to-back

Could Drew Stubbs be worried?


With all the trade talks with the Reds being around a speedy lead off hitter, could this be the reason behind Drew Stubbs’ solid clutch hitting lately? Or could it just be that time of the year for Stubbs to go hot? Or to be even more exact maybe it was just the hometown cooking that got him hitting great.

I am amazed that many out there have not brought this up. I am not knocking his play time now or that he is batting 1st / 2nd in the order but in the back of my mind I am still thinking the trade talks might have given him the boost he needed. Of course we all know, Drew Stubbs will never be traded away but most of the guys that the Reds have shown interest in are playing Stubbs’ position, CF.

No matter what the reason, Dusty Baker is going to ride it out and hope it lasts until Joey Votto gets back and to tell you the truth I don’t blame him. If I was the Reds front office I would keep talking to other teams about CFers and see if it gets Stubbs hitting even better.

As most of you already know, I am not a big believer in the hype about Stubbs and Bailey finally maturing but they are both doing a lot better than other seasons so I will keep my mouth shut and hope that it finally is time for them to shine.


Update:
Here is something I have found today that I think is very interesting. While most hitters get better the more times they see a pitcher in a game, Drew Stubbs is completely different.

Times Facing Opponent in Game 2012

                                                     
Split         AB HR RBI BB SO    BA   OBP   SLG   OPS
vs. SP 1st    61  2   4 10 21  .246  .352  .393  .746
vs. SP 2nd    70  2   8  2 17  .214  .236  .357  .593
vs. SP 3rd    64  1   3  4 19  .172  .221  .234  .455
vs. SP 4th+   13  1   2  1  2  .231  .286  .462  .747
vs. RP 1st    82  4   8 11 29  .256  .351  .451  .802
vs. RP 2nd     1  0   1  0  0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000

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Generated 7/26/2012.

Homer gets BIG win (10,000) for the Reds


Cincinnati Reds got 10,000 wins today and it was a great game! Homer Bailey pitched 7 innings allowing 5 hits, 4 Runs, (1 earned) 0 Walks and 2 SO. Aroldis Chapman went 1 inning with 2 SO. Jose Arredondo pitched 1 inning with 1 SO.

Drew Stubbs went 3 for 5 getting 3 RBI’s and 1 run. Jay Bruce went 2 for 5 with 2 runs and Devin Mesoraco went 2 for 3 with 2 walks and 2 runs. [Source]

So, two guys that I have been picking on early this season (Stubbs and Bailey) both came up big for the team to win their 10,000 win. Very nice job by the whole team now lets keep that going and sweep the Cubs.

Jaime Garcia part 2


The Reds have faced Jaime Garcia already this early season and hopefully they can get the win against him again tonight.

In two games this season he has thrown his 81 mph change-up 41 times (24.4%) 53.7% of them being strikes, 46% swing, 24% whiff and only 7% foul while 14.6% were put in play. He has also thrown a 4-seam fastball 20% of the time, slider 19%, 2-seam fastball 18.5%, cut fastball 9.5% and a curveball 8.3%. His season at-bat results are single 26.5%, strikeout 14%, groundout 14%, flyout 14%, walk 6%, pop out, double and grounded into DP 4%, sac bunt, sac fly, forceout, fielder choice out, lineout and triple are at 2%.

Last game Garcia’s at-bat results vs. the Reds were very interesting. Single 40%, Strikeout 16%, Groundout 12% and Walk, Sac Fly, Pop Out, Grounded Into DP, Sac Bunt, Forceout, Double and Flyout were all at 4%. [Source]

                                                                
                AB  H 2B RBI BB SO    BA   OBP   SLG   OPS SH SF
Jay Bruce        2  1  0   1  0  1  .500  .333  .500  .833  0  1
Zack Cozart      3  2  0   0  0  0  .667  .667  .667 1.333  0  0
Ryan Ludwick     2  0  0   0  1  1  .000  .333  .000  .333  0  0
Drew Stubbs      3  1  0   0  0  1  .333  .333  .333  .667  0  0
Wilson Valdez    3  3  0   1  0  0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000  0  0
Joey Votto       3  3  1   1  0  0 1.000 1.000 1.333 2.333  0  0
Johnny Cueto     1  0  0   0  0  0  .000  .000  .000  .000  1  0
Ryan Hanigan     2  1  0   0  0  1  .500  .500  .500 1.000  0  0
Total           19 11  1   3  1  4  .579  .571  .632 1.203  1  1

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Generated 4/18/2012.


Jaime Garcia career vs. Reds

                    PA  H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO   BA  OBP  SLG   OPS
Drew Stubbs         24  6  1  0  1   2  4  6 .300 .417 .500  .917
Brandon Phillips    23  5  1  0  1   4  0  6 .217 .217 .391  .609
Joey Votto          21  5  2  0  0   2  2  5 .263 .333 .368  .702
Jay Bruce           20  3  0  0  0   1  1  4 .167 .200 .167  .367
Scott Rolen         15  2  0  0  0   1  2  3 .154 .267 .154  .421
Ryan Hanigan        14  4  0  0  0   1  1  1 .308 .357 .308  .665
Chris Heisey         8  1  1  0  0   0  0  2 .125 .125 .250  .375
Ryan Ludwick         7  0  0  0  0   0  1  2 .000 .143 .000  .143
Zack Cozart          6  3  0  0  0   0  0  1 .500 .500 .500 1.000
Wilson Valdez        6  4  1  0  0   1  0  0 .667 .667 .833 1.500
Bronson Arroyo       4  1  0  0  0   0  0  3 .250 .250 .250  .500
Homer Bailey         4  1  0  0  0   1  0  1 .250 .250 .250  .500
Johnny Cueto         4  0  0  0  0   0  0  0 .000 .000 .000  .000
Willie Harris        3  2  0  0  0   0  0  0 .667 .667 .667 1.333
Todd Frazier         2  1  0  0  0   0  0  0 .500 .500 .500 1.000
Total              161 38  6  0  2  13 11 34 .259 .308 .340  .648

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Generated 4/18/2012.

Kyle Lohse part 2


Cincinnati Reds will be facing St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Kyle Lohse for the second time this season and I thought I would look more into what happened last game that made Lohse win over Mike Leake. Cardinals 3 – Reds 1

I can tell you I have had the pleasure of watching both of his starts this season and he has really come a long way from when he played with the Reds. Kyle Lohse has been very successful this season with his sinker. He has thrown in 73 times (40%) in two starts and 64.4% were strikes with 38.4% swings, 2.7% whiffs, 11.0% foul and 24.7% of them in play. (Mostly right to a position player to get the easy out.) His slider is also another pitch that has been very effective for him early this season. He has thrown it 40 times (23.3%) 62.5% strikes, 42.5% swung on and 7.5% whiffs. 7.5% were foul and 27.5% were in play. His change-up is what many announcers are praising right now though. He has thrown it 28 times (15.6%) with 64.3% strikes, 60.7% swing, 17.9% whiff, 25% foul and 17.9% in play. He has also thrown a 4-seam fastball this season 25 times (14%) with it also being a high strike pitch at 60%. 40% swing, 0% whiff and 20% both foul and in play. He threw a curveball 13 times this season. (7.3%) 53.8% strike, 23.1 swhing and 7.7% whiff, foul and in play. These stats can be all seen at pitch/fx

When the Reds faced Kyle Lohse this season at home he threw his sinker 39 times (43.3%) with it clocking in at 88 mph and 59% of them being strikes. 38.5% were swung at while 5.1% were whiffs, 12.8% foul and 20.5% in play. His slider was thrown 18 times (20%) and were in the strike zone 66.7% of the time with 44.4% swung on, 5.6% whiff, 11.1% foul and 27.8% in play. He threw his change-up and 4-seam fastball 14 times that game both seeing pretty good results versus the Reds hitters. They both hit the strike zone 71.4% with the change-up getting 64.3% swing and the fastball getting only 50%. His change-up had 7.1% whiff while his fastball got 0%. Change-ups in play was at 21.4% while his fastball got 28.6% in that game. He also threw his curveball 5 times (5.6%) with 40% strikes and 20% swing and foul. During this game he had a groundout rate of 29.17% and a flyout rate of 16.67%. 8.33% was the number for lineouts, strikeouts, pop outs and singles. 4.17% was double, intent walk, triple, hit by pitch and sac fly.

Kyle Lohse vs. Zack Cozart (4/10/12) [Source]
Lohse threw his slider 4 times, (44%) 75% strikes, 50% swung on with 50% in play. He also threw his change-up and sinker 2 times each with his change-up in the strike zone 50% and his sinker 100%. Cozart swung at his change-up 50% with 50% fouled off also while doing nothing with his sinker. Lohse also threw his cuverball once which was a ball. Cozart groundout, got hit by pitch and tripled.

Kyle Lohse vs. Joey Votto (4/10/12) [Source]
Single, lineout and sac fly were the results when these two faced for the first time this season. Lohse threw Votto 5 4-seam fastballs and 5 sinkers along with 1 change-up. His fastball and sinker hit the strike zone 80% while his change-up was a foul ball. Votto swung at his fastball 60% and his sinker 40% fouling off the fastball 40% and putting it in play 20%. Votto put his sinker into play 40% also.

Kyle Lohse vs. Scott Rolen (4/10/12) [Source]
Flyout, lineout and groundout with 4 sliders, 3 sinkers, 2 4-seam fastballs and 1 curveball. 25% slider strikes, 66.7% sinker strikes, and 100% 4-seam fastball strikes with the curveball being a ball. Rolen swung at the sinker (66%) and fastball *50%) putting them in play.

Kyle Lohse vs. Jay Bruce (4/10/12) [Source]
Double, Strikeout and single with 8 sinkers, 7 change-ups and 1 curveball. 37.5% sinker strikes, 71.4% change-up strikes and 100% curveball strikes. Bruce swung at the sinker 25% and his change-up 57% while his curveball was just a called strike. Jay whiffed at the sinker 25% and the change-up 14% while fouling it off 14.3% and putting it into play 28.6%.

Kyle Lohse vs. Chris Heisey (4/10/12) [Source]
Groundout, flyout and pop out with 9 sinkers, 2 change-ups, 1 4-seam fastball and 1 slider. 55.6% sinker strikes with every other pitch being 100% strikes. 0% whiffed at which is very impressive for Heisey. 33% sinker fouls, 100% change-up fouls and 100% slider fouls with 22.2% sinkers in play and 100% 4-seam fastballs in play.

Kyle Lohse vs. Drew Stubbs (4/10/12) [Source]
Groundout and strikeout with 5 sliders, 2 sinkers, 2 4-seam fastballs and 1 change-up. 80% slider strikes and 50% sinker strikes with Stubbs swinging at the slider 40% and fouling it off 20% and putting it into play 20%.

Kyle Lohse vs. Devin Mesoraco (4/10/12) [Source]
Intentional walk and pop out with 1 slider and 1 4-seam fastball both strikes with Mesoraco swinging at the slider and putting it into play.

Kyle Lohse vs. Willie Harris (4/10/12) [Source]
2 groundouts and a flyout with 5 sinkers, 3 4-seam fastballs, 2 curveballs and 1 change-up. 80% sinker strikes, 66% fastball strikes, 50% curveball strikes and 100% change-up strikes. Harris swung at the sinker 60%, fastball 66%, curveball 50% and the change-up 100%. Fouling off the sinker (40%) fastball (33%) and the curveball. (50%) He put the sinker in play 20% and the fastball 33% with also putting the change-up in play.

Kyle Lohse vs. Mike Leake (4/10/12) [Source]
Flyout and groundout with 5 sinkers and 3 sliders. 40% sinker strikes while he threw 66.7% slider strikes. Leake whiffed at the slider 33% and put it into play 33%. He put the sinker in play 20%.


Kyle Lohse vs. Cincinnati Reds

                                                                
                    PA  AB  H HR RBI BB SO   BA  OBP   SLG   OPS
Willie Harris       31  27  6  0   1  2  1 .222 .276  .222  .498
Scott Rolen         21  18  4  1   2  2  1 .222 .333  .444  .778
Jay Bruce           19  18  6  1   4  1  6 .333 .368  .667 1.035
Brandon Phillips    18  16  4  0   1  1  2 .250 .278  .313  .590
Ryan Ludwick        16  15  3  0   2  1  6 .200 .250  .200  .450
Joey Votto          15  14  5  0   1  0  4 .357 .333  .500  .833
Ryan Hanigan        12  10  1  0   0  2  1 .100 .250  .200  .450
Drew Stubbs          8   7  0  0   0  1  2 .000 .125  .000  .125
Wilson Valdez        5   4  1  0   0  1  1 .250 .400  .250  .650
Zack Cozart          3   2  1  0   0  0  0 .500 .667 1.500 2.167
Chris Heisey         3   3  0  0   0  0  0 .000 .000  .000  .000
Bronson Arroyo       2   1  0  0   0  0  0 .000 .000  .000  .000
Homer Bailey         2   2  0  0   0  0  2 .000 .000  .000  .000
Johnny Cueto         2   2  1  0   0  0  0 .500 .500  .500 1.000
Mike Leake           2   2  0  0   0  0  0 .000 .000  .000  .000
Devin Mesoraco       2   1  0  0   0  1  0 .000 .500  .000  .500
Miguel Cairo         1   1  0  0   0  0  0 .000 .000  .000  .000
Mat Latos            1   0  0  0   0  0                        0
Total              163 143 32  2  11 12 26 .224 .289  .336  .625

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Generated 4/16/2012.

If I had one wish from Walt Jocketty…


If I had one wish from Cincinnati Reds General Manager Walt Jocketty it would be to trade Drew Stubbs and Homer Bailey right now. I know lately I have really been picking on these two guys but I am getting very tired of seeing them play. Especially having Drew Stubbs batting first in the order again. Come on Dusty!

Now I know that it is not easy to just trade guys like this but right now I would even trade them for a player to be named later. I am really getting tired of waiting for them to step up and play to their potential. I hope that they both turn it around and play great for the rest of the year to shut me up but let’s be honest, that will never happen.

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