Results tagged ‘ Pittsburgh Pirates ’

Why?


Pittsburgh Pirates fans have been very vocal about this series at Great American Ball Park and want blood for Chapman and Leake hitting their players. A few fans have suggested that their best pitcher who is coming off of a great game should go out there today and hit a Reds player in order to get revenge and get a message out there. What? I won’t include the quote because seriously I really don’t understand the logic. Why would a team which is down 2-0 in the series want to get their best pitcher ejected from the game for something so stupid? I have stayed off of twitter and have not posted much about this series because the Pirates fans are really out head hunting right now and I don’t have the patience to get into an argument with someone over something so dumb. There was no intention behind those pitches. Both pitchers were trying to get the pitches inside and they hit the batters, that is all. If Burnett hits a batter today, the umps will be all over the Pirates and they are only making this worse for themselves. One thing many Pirates fans are not talking about is the fact that they are not facing Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips or Johnny Cueto and still are losing.

I for one will not be upset if Burnett hits one of the Reds players today. I will not go crazy with rage and think it is intentional and I will not go to every Pirates message board out there and post how I think their team should be fined and banned…. LOL Because, as a baseball fan, I understand one very important thing, it is BASEBALL!!!!!!!

And to those Pirates fans out there that do read this, please don’t bash me for writing this. I am just trying to understand the logic behind some of your fans. I have nothing but respect for the Pirates (At the start of the season I predicted them to be 2nd in the division.) Even when your players pretty much acted like babies when they did get hit, I still have respect for the team. So please keep your mean comments to yourselves and have a nice season.

April 17, 2011


On this day, last year, Jay Bruce went 4 for 5 with one HR, 2 RBI’s, 2 runs and one strike out. Miguel Cairo, who was playing 2B that day went 3 for 4 with 1 HR, 1 run, 1 RBI and got hit by a pitch. Jonny Gomes also hit one HR that day.

Sunday, April 17, 2011, at Great American Ball Park in front of 32,105 fans Cincinnati Reds lost to Pittsburgh Pirates. Pirates 7 – Reds 6 But the team saw some nice offense from Jay Bruce and Miguel Cairo.

Hopefully Jay Bruce will see the same results today against St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Kyle Lohse. Side note: Jay Bruce’s HR was off an 81 mph sinker in the bottom of the 7th inning against Jose Veras. Kyle Lohse loves to throw a 89 mph sinker. Bruce hit a HR off of Kyle Lohse back on May 9, 2009 (84 mph slider) [Source]


April 17, 2011 vs. Pirates

Batting                AB R  H RBI BB SO   BA   OPS Pit       Str
Drew Stubbs  CF         6 0  1   0  0  2 .286  .830  28        22
Miguel Cairo  2B        4 1  3   1  0  0 .286  .733  17  10 HRHBP
Joey Votto  1B          3 1  1   0  2  2 .444 1.211  23        14
Scott Rolen  3B         5 1  1   1  0  1 .229  .702  17  10    2B
Jonny Gomes  LF         5 1  1   1  0  2 .261 1.131  13  10    HR
Jay Bruce  RF           5 2  4   2  0  1 .278  .748  14   9    HR
Ramon Hernandez  C      3 0  1   0  0  0 .303  .907   9         8
Jordan Smith  P         0 0  0   0  0  0 .000                .000
Bill Bray  P            0 0  0   0  0                           0
Chris Heisey  PH        0 0  0   0  1  0 .286  .876   5         1
Logan Ondrusek  P       0 0  0   0  0                           0
Francisco Cordero  P    0 0  0   0  0                           0
Edgar Renteria  PH      1 0  1   0  0  0 .444  .950   1         1
Paul Janish  SS         5 0  2   1  0  1 .313  .660  11         7
Edinson Volquez  P      2 0  0   0  0  1 .000  .000   8         5
Ryan Hanigan  C         2 0  0   0  1  0 .250  .823  14         7
Team Totals            41 6 15   6  4 10 .366 1.045 160       104

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Generated 4/17/2012.

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.


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