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I am ready for baseball


I have everything set up and I am ready for another great season of Cincinnati Reds Baseball. 2012 was a very busy offseason for the Reds and now it is time to find out if the moves made will produce a championship. Mat Latos, Sean Marshall and Ryan Madson were the three big additions to the team this offseason. While Ramon Hernandez and Francisco Cordero were two big players that left due to free agency.

Two less to face in 2012


Prince Fielder and Francisco Cordero both found new teams today. Fielder went to Detroit Tigers in a huge deal and Cordero signed a one year deal with Toronto Blue Jays. These are big moves that will help the Reds in 2012. First off, the Reds will not have to worry about facing either one of these players in 2012. (I think the Reds will face the Tigers sometime in the season but that is only 3 games.)

Rumors are still flying high with Roy Oswalt being at the top of the list, along with Ryan Theriot and Jeff Francis. If Walt Jocketty was to sign someone like Roy Oswalt to a one year deal it would prove that they are really in it to win it this season. Most people don’t think Oswalt has much left in his tank but I think staying in the National League is a very smart move for him and it could really help both the Reds and himself for better deals in 2013. If Walt could pull off a one year deal that would not financially hurt the team he would be a lock for General Manager of the year in my books. He is already pretty close to winning it with the moves he has done this offseason.

The biggest question I have right now is, if Oswalt really wants to stay in the National League will he maybe give a discount to a team looking for another starter? And could that team be St. Louis Cardinals or another team in National League Central? I wonder if Oswalt’s agent contacted all National League teams or were the Reds the only one? I would like to think the Reds were the only ones but we all know that would not be true.

There are a lot of people who think if the Reds did sign him there would be to many starters on the Reds then. I would just like to remind those people of last season and what happened to the Reds with their starters. It is always nice to have more options just in case. I am sure that Walt is not really looking to far into getting Oswalt though but I do believe that there will be one or maybe two more pitchers signed to minor league deals before spring training comes.

Can Ryan Madson break the Reds single season save record?


With everyone still waiting on the official news of Cincinnati Reds signing closer Ryan Madson I thought maybe we should discuss saves and how many Madson will have to get in order to make his mark in just one season. Jeff Brantley holds the Reds single season save record with 44 saves in 1996. Ryan Madson got 32 saves last season for Philadelphia Phillies.

Jeff Brantley had 49 save opportunities and blew 5 saves in 1996 to walk out with a 90% SV%. Ryan Madson had 34 save opportunities and blew 2 saves in 2011 to get a 94% SV%. Francisco Cordero had 43 save opportunities and blew 6 saves in 2011 (86% SV%) and in 2010 he had 48 SVOpp with 8 BSv with a 83% SV%.

Will Ryan Madson break the single season save record in 2012? It is hard to say but it sure would be a great year if he came close. Francisco Cordero came close to beating the record while he was with the Reds with 40 saves in 2010. Jeff Shaw had 42 in 1997 and Danny Graves had 41 in 2004. Danny Graves of course has the most saves in Reds history with 182 and Cordero gets second with 150. With Madson only signing a one year contract I am sure he will not be around long enough to challenge that record but the single season record is all his if he can get the opportunities.

Madson vs. Cordero and the start of The Ma-sty Boys


Ryan Madson has signed a 1 year deal with Cincinnati Reds and I have to be the first to admit I really did not see this coming. I thought Madson would be way out of the Reds price range but once again I was very wrong. Thank you, Walt Jocketty!

– Update: Mark Sheldon just posted on Mark My Word: “More Madson” with questions asking what fans think about the rotation and bullpen now. He also asks who people think the National League Central team is now and my answer has always been the same, The Reds!!!

I wanted to do a comparison of Francisco Cordero and Ryan Madson in 2011 just to help see what the Reds are getting for one year. I posted other information about Madson in “Ryan Madson and Cincinnati Reds” and “Reds, Madson in agreement

I want to also say that at first (when I thought Madson was way to expensive for the Reds) I only did a little research on him and thought that he might not be the right fit in Great American Ball Park. After looking more into his stats I see that he is one heck of a relief pitcher in any ball park so he should do pretty good. I saw a tweet last night where people were calling Ryan Madson, Sean Marshall and Nick Masset of the Reds “The Ma-sty Boys” and I just had to put it in here. [Tweet]

At-bat results for Ryan Madson in 2011: 25.57% strikeout, 18.32% single, 17.94% groundout, 11.45% flyout, 3.05% walk and 0.76% home run.

At-bat results for Francisco Cordero in 2011: 25.18% groundout, 16.06% flyout, 15.33% strikeout, 11.68% single, 8.03% walk and 2.19% home run.

Great offseason for Cincinnati Reds


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.

Options at LF all depend on Cordero signing


John Fay reports that Cody Ross, Rick Ankiel, Ryan Ludwick and Kosuke Fukudome are some of the guys being looked at by Cincinnati Reds to help play LF in 2012. Of course this all depends with what happens with free agent closer Francisco Cordero. If he re-signs with the Reds they will have less money to go after position players and if he does not re-sign they will have more money to play with in order to get the players they need. A lot of fans are hoping it is Cody Ross. I for one would rather have one of the other three players due to the fact that they have played more in the National League Central Division. [Source]

I wanted to take a look and see how well these guys have done in Great American Ball Park before giving a guess at which one Walt Jocketty and the Reds front office will go for. Of course, money is always an issue when it comes to who they will get but I am not going to look to far into that right now and give each player a chance. I also wanted to see how well each player has done in other National League Central Division ball parks.


Cody Ross – At Great American Ball Park Ross has played 16 games, going 6 for 41 (.146 BA) with 2 home runs.

                                                          
              Split  G AB  H HR   BA  OBP  SLG  OPS BAbip
     CHC-Wrigley Fld 19 67 16  4 .239 .311 .463 .773  .273
    CIN-GreatAmer BP 16 41  6  2 .146 .255 .293 .548  .154
    HOU-MinuteMaidPk 14 45 10  0 .222 .271 .267 .537  .303
       MIL-Miller Pk  9 24  3  1 .125 .154 .292 .446  .118
          PIT-PNC Pk 14 51 12  2 .235 .264 .471 .735  .238
    STL-Busch Stad 3 16 57 18  2 .316 .361 .474 .834  .421

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Generated 1/5/2012.


Rick Ankiel – Ankiel at Great American Ball Park is similar to Ross. He has played 16 games there, getting 10 hits with 59 at bats with 3 home runs.

                                                             
               Split   G  AB   H HR   BA  OBP  SLG  OPS BAbip
     CHC-Wrigley Fld  19  56  10  1 .179 .233 .339 .573  .243
    CIN-GreatAmer BP  16  59  10  3 .169 .265 .339 .604  .171
    HOU-MinuteMaidPk  21  60  18  1 .300 .364 .433 .797  .395
       MIL-Miller Pk  19  57  11  1 .193 .281 .246 .527  .263
          PIT-PNC Pk  17  47  13  3 .277 .346 .511 .857  .345
    STL-Busch Stad 3 150 489 127 24 .260 .324 .472 .797  .286

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Ryan Ludwick – Ludwick has seen more games at Great American Ball Park. In 30 games he has 29 hits in 105 at bats with 9 home runs.

                                                              
               Split   G  AB   H HR   BA  OBP  SLG   OPS BAbip
     CHC-Wrigley Fld  32 109  38  7 .349 .408 .633 1.041  .397
    CIN-GreatAmer BP  30 105  29  9 .276 .321 .600  .921  .274
    HOU-MinuteMaidPk  24  84  21  2 .250 .289 .393  .682  .373
       MIL-Miller Pk  31 117  27  4 .231 .318 .385  .703  .295
          PIT-PNC Pk  52 171  43  6 .251 .326 .433  .759  .306
    STL-Busch Stad 3 242 768 223 34 .290 .366 .505  .871  .331

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Kosuke Fukudome – Fukudome has had some success in Great American Ball Park also. In 24 games he has gone 21 for 83 with 4 home runs.

                                                              
               Split   G  AB   H HR   BA  OBP  SLG   OPS BAbip
     CHC-Wrigley Fld 264 809 226 17 .279 .388 .415  .803  .326
    CIN-GreatAmer BP  24  83  21  4 .253 .340 .470  .810  .274
    HOU-MinuteMaidPk  17  59  14  1 .237 .338 .356  .694  .265
       MIL-Miller Pk  26  92  31  5 .337 .413 .652 1.066  .361
          PIT-PNC Pk  19  74  20  1 .270 .382 .392  .774  .306
    STL-Busch Stad 3  26  90  20  2 .222 .317 .356  .673  .250

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Generated 1/5/2012.


Coco came back the very next day


As we wait for word on if closer Francisco Cordero will return to Cincinnati Reds, I thought I would share some information about what he did in 2011 for the Reds. A lot of people say that he is starting to decline but I think he still has a few more good years left in the tank. Everyone thinks the Reds are the top guys right now and that he should sign the one year deal (not sure if there is an option on this contract offer) that would bring him back. I think the Sean Marshall and Mat Latos trades might have a big impact on if he re-signs with the Reds.

Out of his 37 saves in 2011 he only gave up one home run, which was against Colorado Rockies on Thursday, August 11, 2011, at Great American Ball Park. Seth Smith hit it off of Cordero in the 9th inning with 0 on and 0 out to deep RF.

Another thing about his 37 saves that caught my interest was that he only came into one game where he had inherited runners. (2) That game was on Sunday, May 15, 2011, at Great American Ball Park against St. Louis Cardinals. The two inherited runners both came in to score that game.


Francisco Cordero 2011

Pitches:
4-seam Fastball
Slider
Change-up
Curveball
Fastball


Francisco Cordero threw his 4-seam fastball 394 times in 2011. (36.5%) The velocity got up to 93 MPH and 61.4% were strikes. 38.8% were swung on (5.1% whiff) 18% foul and 15.7% in play.

He also threw his 86.1 MPH slider just as much. (382 times, 35.4%) 62.3% were strikes, 47.1% swung on with 14.7% whiffs. 11.5% fouled off while 20.9% were in play.

239 times Cordero threw his 86.4 MPH change-up. (22.2%) 58.6% were strikes with 46.4% were swung on. (13.4% whiff) 10.9% foul and 22.2% in play.

He threw his curveball 53 times (4.9%) which was clocked at 78.7 MPH. 73.6% strike, 9.4% whiff, 15.1% foul and 18.9% in play.

He also threw a 93.1 MPH fastball which saw the strike zone 40% of the time with 20.% swung on and 20% in play.

Cordero’s at-bat results were great in 2011. 25.18% groundout, 16.06% flyout, 15.33% strikeout, 11.68% single, 8.03% walk and 2.19% home run.


You can find all of this information at Pitch f/x. Where you can even check out the break down for every game he pitched in 2011.



Who hit off of Francisco Cordero in 2011

                                                   
                      AB  H    BA   OBP   SLG   OPS
Neil Walker            2  2 1.000 1.000 2.000 3.000
Nyjer Morgan           3  2  .667  .667 1.333 2.000
Mark Kotsay            4  2  .500  .500  .500 1.000
Yuniesky Betancourt    5  2  .400  .400  .400  .800
Casey McGehee          2  2 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000
James Loney            4  1  .250  .250  .250  .500
Jeff Baker             2  1  .500  .500 1.000 1.500
Carlos Pena            4  1  .250  .250 1.000 1.250
Willie Harris          2  1  .500  .500 1.000 1.500
Jon Jay                2  1  .500  .500 2.000 2.500
Blake DeWitt           4  1  .250  .250  .250  .500
Carlos Gomez           3  1  .333  .333  .333  .667
Ross Gload             1  1 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000
Wilson Valdez          1  1 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000
Matthew Joyce          1  1 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000
Gerardo Parra          2  1  .500  .500  .500 1.000
Shelley Duncan         1  1 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000
Josh Wilson            1  1 1.000 1.000 2.000 3.000
Eliezer Alfonzo        1  1 1.000 1.000 2.000 3.000
Jordan Schafer         1  1 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000
David Freese           2  1  .500  .500  .500 1.000
Darwin Barney          3  1  .333  .333  .333  .667
Tony Campana           2  1  .500  .500  .500 1.000
Ryan Doumit            1  1 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000
Alfonso Soriano        3  1  .333  .333  .667 1.000
Orlando Hudson         1  1 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000
Pablo Sandoval         1  1 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000
Alex Gonzalez          1  1 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000
Matt Holliday          4  1  .250  .250 1.000 1.250
Nick Punto             2  1  .500  .500 1.000 1.500
Ian Desmond            1  1 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000
Danny Espinosa         1  1 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000
Logan Schafer          1  1 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000
Kosuke Fukudome        2  1  .500  .667  .500 1.167
Stephen Drew           2  1  .500  .500 2.000 2.500
Aubrey Huff            2  1  .500  .500  .500 1.000
Yadier Molina          4  1  .250  .250  .250  .500
Osvaldo Martinez       1  1 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000
Clint Barmes           2  1  .500  .500 1.000 1.500
Orlando Cabrera        1  1 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000
Greg Dobbs             2  1  .500  .500 1.000 1.500
Seth Smith             1  1 1.000 1.000 4.000 5.000
Ryan Howard            1  1 1.000 1.000 4.000 5.000
Gaby Sanchez           2  1  .500  .500  .500 1.000

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Generated 1/4/2012.


2r2d Podcast: Episode 1 (01.03.12)


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.

2r2d Podcast: Episode 1 (01.03.12).

http://2r2d.podomatic.com/entry/2012-01-03T06_13_28-08_00

The New Year is here!


Cincinnati Reds General Manager Walt Jocketty said that they would not be doing any more until the new year. 2012 is here and now the rumors start again with who the Reds will get for their left fielder and bench players. Will they keep trading this offseason or will they finally go looking at free agents. Everyone is still waiting to find out if Francisco Cordero will re-sign with the Reds for one more year.

I am very excited to see who the Reds will get now. Since the trades that ended 2011 were huge moves I can only imagine that the first transaction of 2012 will be a good one too. From what has been reported so far it sounds like Walt Jocketty is now looking for an right-handed left fielder for the team. I am very curious to see if Walt pulls off anymore trades to make the team better and if he does, who do they possibly have to trade away?

Reds ready?


In the past few weeks I have heard many people (players and reporters) mention Cincinnati Reds winning the World Series in 2012. I am very excited to see a lot of people besides myself thinking of a winning season. The Reds still have a few things they have to get done before they can start the parade though and it looks like we will have to wait until the new year to find out what those moves will be.

It seems Walt Jocketty is now concentrating on position players and it doesn’t seem like the front office is to worried if they don’t re-sign Francisco Cordero. Look for the Reds to get another outfielder along with some key bench players as soon as 2012 is here.

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