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Hunter Pence goes to the #reds


It is that time of the year and rumors are always fun to follow on twitter and around MLB. The latest rumor for the Cincinnati Reds is one that made me read it twice just to make sure I got the name right. Hunter Pence! I have seen Hunter Pence play and although he is a great player, I would not want him on the Reds. I watched him play for the Houston Astros and many times he played against the Reds and did very well. I watched him play for Philadelphia Phillies and play against the Reds and I have seen him play for the San Francisco Giants and play against the Reds and with all of that I have come to one conclusion, I hate when he plays against the Reds! So with that, many of you might say, why not let him play for them then? I have grown to hate the man. (I am sure he is a stand up guy, but I just do not like watching him play.) He is a grinder and one heck of a player to have on your team I am sure, I just have grown to hate him.

In his career Hunter Pence has played the Cincinnati Reds in 78 games, 323 PA with 90 H, 14 HR, 45 RBI and a .297 BA. 40 of those games were played in Great American Ball Park where he had 169 PA, 43 H, 7 HR, 24 RBI and a .270 BA.

My 2012 National League Central Standings


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

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.

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

Ryan Madson and Cincinnati Reds


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

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Generated 12/30/2011.


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

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Generated 12/30/2011.


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

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Generated 12/30/2011.


Cincinnati Reds vs. National League Central teams in 2011


In 2011, the toughest Division rival Cincinnati Reds faced was Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates destroyed the Reds in Great American Ball Park last season, winning 5 games and losing just 1 against the hometown Reds. The Pirates also won 5 of their home games, while losing 4 to the visiting Reds. Giving the Pirates a 10-5 Record against Cincinnati in 2011.


Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates in 2011

                                                                           
Date            RS RA         Win       Loss       Save
2011-04-15    L  1  6    C.Morton   B.Arroyo
2011-04-16    W 11  2     M.Leake  J.McDonald
2011-04-17    L  6  7     C.Resop L.Ondrusek J.Hanrahan
2011-04-18    L  3  9   K.Correia     T.Wood
2011-05-18    L  0  5    C.Morton   B.Arroyo
2011-05-19    L  3  5  J.McDonald    J.Cueto J.Hanrahan
2011-07-18    L  0  2    C.Morton   D.Willis J.Hanrahan
2011-07-19    L  0  1  J.McDonald    M.Leake J.Hanrahan
2011-07-20    W  3  1     J.Cueto J.Karstens  F.Cordero
2011-08-19    W 11  8      T.Wood J.Hanrahan  F.Cordero
2011-08-20    L  3  5    T.Watson  A.Chapman J.Hanrahan
2011-08-21    W  5  4 J.Arredondo J.Hanrahan  F.Cordero
2011-09-23    L  3  4  J.Hanrahan     B.Bray
2011-09-24    L  3  4   B.Lincoln     T.Wood   J.Grilli
2011-09-25    W  5  4    D.Willis   D.Moskos  F.Cordero
For 2011 CIN won 5 PIT won 10.                                             

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Generated 12/23/2011.


Cincinnati did very well against the other teams in their division even though they finished under .500 in the season. If the Reds can have another season like this against the other teams in their division it will be a very nice 2012!


Cincinnati Reds vs. National League Central teams in 2011

             Team    G  W  L  RS  RA  hmW-L   rdW-L
Pittsburgh Pirates  15  5 10  57  67   1-5     4-5
Milwaukee Brewers   16  8  8  81  83   5-4     3-4
St. Louis Cardinals 15  9  6  67  68   5-1     4-5
Houston Astros      15  9  6  77  50   6-3     3-3
Chicago Cubs        18 11  7  90  79   7-2     4-5

Stats are from baseball-reference.com using the head-to-head record tool.


Sean Marshall vs. Cincinnati Reds


Cincinnati Reds fans are still waiting to find out who the minor league players are in the Sean Marshall trade today. While we wait I thought I would look into something I read from a fan’s comments earlier today. The fan said that this trade will help the Reds out more then they think because the Reds players had a very tough time against Sean Marshall when he was playing for Chicago Cubs. After looking at the stats I have to agree. Marshall has been said to be one of the best relief pitchers in Major League Baseball right now. Having a setup man like this on the team will really help out with signing or trading for a new closer.


Sean Marshall vs. Cincinnati Reds

                                                              
                    AB  H HR RBI BB SO    BA   OBP   SLG   OPS
Joey Votto          13  3  1   2  4  4  .231  .412  .538  .950
Edgar Renteria      12  3  0   0  3  4  .250  .400  .250  .650
Brandon Phillips    12  1  1   2  2  2  .083  .214  .333  .548
Jay Bruce           11  2  0   0  1  6  .182  .308  .182  .490
Scott Rolen          8  3  1   2  1  1  .375  .444  .750 1.194
Drew Stubbs          5  0  0   1  1  3  .000  .167  .000  .167
Ramon Hernandez      5  3  0   0  0  1  .600  .600  .600 1.200
Paul Janish          3  1  0   0  0  0  .333  .333  .333  .667
Ryan Hanigan         2  1  0   1  2  0  .500  .750  .500 1.250
Miguel Cairo         2  1  0   1  1  1  .500  .667  .500 1.167
Chris Heisey         2  1  0   0  1  1  .500  .667  .500 1.167
Todd Frazier         2  2  0   1  0  0 1.000 1.000 1.500 2.500
Dontrelle Willis     2  0  0   0  0  1  .000  .000  .000  .000
Yonder Alonso        1  0  0   0  0  0  .000  .000  .000  .000
Juan Francisco       1  0  0   0  0  0  .000  .000  .000  .000
Devin Mesoraco       1  0  0   0  0  1  .000  .000  .000  .000
Edinson Volquez      1  0  0   0  0  1  .000  .000  .000  .000
Dave Sappelt         0  0  0   0  0                          0
Total               83 21  3  10 16 26  .253  .380  .386  .766

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Generated 12/21/2011.


Sean Marshall career vs. National League Central teams.

                                                                  
                  Split W L  ERA  G   IP  H HR SO  WHIP SO/9 SO/BB
        Cincinnati Reds 1 3 2.61 23 31.0 26  2 30 1.387  8.7  1.76
         Houston Astros 2 5 2.70 27 46.2 44  5 36 1.307  6.9  2.12
      Milwaukee Brewers 2 2 4.13 27 32.2 35  2 29 1.531  8.0  1.93
     Pittsburgh Pirates 5 2 3.27 26 41.1 31  2 33 1.113  7.2  2.20
    St. Louis Cardinals 3 3 2.71 31 63.0 63  7 45 1.302  6.4  2.37

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Generated 12/21/2011.

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