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My #reds Check List


I have seen a few blogs already start an off-season check list for the Cincinnati Reds so I thought I would join the fun and list what I think the Reds should do this off-season.

1. Sign a rough and tough manager who does not want to be buddies with the players. Pitching Coach Bryan Price would be great but I am not sure he is going to be mean enough right now and the Reds need a guy that will stir up the hen-house!

2. Trade Johnny Cueto. After seeing the way he handles playoffs and after him being injured the whole season maybe it is time to see what you can get for him.

3. Make Ryan Ludwick a bench player. This off-season the Reds should be looking to get a better solution at LF. If they are going to keep Todd Frazier at 3B they will need more pop coming out of the LF spot. A Right handed bat that will go in between Joey Votto and Jay Bruce. Moving Ludwick to the bench would then move Chris Heisey out!!!!! He should have been in the deal with Drew Stubbs to tell you the truth.

6. Let him steal! Get Billy Hamilton in CF and let him play a whole season as the lead off hitter.

7. Sign cheap catcher depth. I have a feeling the Reds are going to be needing more catcher depth if they want to continue making the playoffs. Devin Mesoraco and Ryan Hanigan got beat up this season. Don’t get me wrong, I love Corky Miller, but having a few more pro ready catchers could really help this team next season.

8. **** Fire Walt Jocketty! If at any time Walt says, “I don’t want to make a move just to make a move.” this off-season I think the owners should say, “You’re FIRED!” and get someone who will make moves to better the team. As far as I know, the Reds are in it to win it! So that means, getting players that will WIN IT!!!!

#Reds lose another tough one to #Padres


July 30, 2013 at PetCo Park, Cincinnati Reds lost another game to San Diego Padres. It was a very close game but a loss is a loss, and right now the Reds don’t need any.

Zack Cozart safe

Just when I wrote that Derrick Robinson was a good solution at lead off for the Reds, he goes 0 for 5 with one strike out. Shin-Soo Choo (who played left field) went 0 for 3 batting in the second spot of the batting order and caused a lot of concern by fans when he was pitch hit for by Chris Heisey. Joey Votto got 3 walks with one run tonight and did not look comfortable running the bases for some strange reason. Brandon Phillips went 0 for 3 with one walk. Jay Bruce had a 2 for 4 night with one RBI and one run. 3B Todd Frazier went 0 for 4 with 2 strike outs and is still looking very uncomfortable at the plate. Zack Cozart went 2 for 3 with one walk. Devin Mesoraco went 1 for 4 with 1 RBI with 2 strike outs. Mat Latos pitched a pretty good game but also looked uncomfortable on the mound and a few times looked like he was trying to hard to over throw the ball again. He went 6 innings allowing 6 hits, 2 earned runs with 2 walks and 6 strike outs. Logan Ondrusek pitched 1 inning allowing one walk and getting 2 strike outs. Manny Parra came in and gave up one hit and one earned run and got the loss and Sam LeCure gave up two hits and one earned run, along with getting two strike outs.

Mat  Latos

San Diego Padres starter, Edinson Volquez went 6.1 innings giving up 4 hits, 2 earned runs, 5 walks and got 3 strike outs. And if the Reds would have not swung at a lot of bad pitches that walk total would have been a lot higher. Some of the at bats made Volquez look like Justin Verlander out there. The Reds so badly want to get out of this hitters slump that they are over thinking it and trying to hard right now. They need someone in the club house to have fun with it and boost them out of this. A Ryan Ludwick / Jonny Gomes type player.

Jay Bruce vs. Jaime Garcia


Jay Bruce has a .267 career batting average vs. St. Louis Cardinals Left handed starting pitcher Jaime Garcia with one home run. The home run was hit at Great American Ball Park on August 25, 2012 in a game that saw the Reds win 8-2. box score Bruce went 1 for 3 with a home run, walk and strike out in that game. Brandon Phillips went 3 for 5 with 2 runs batted and Ryan Ludwick when 3 for 4.

With 32 plate appearances against Garcia, Jay Bruce has never hit a double against him and he has only hit 2 doubles in his career in Busch Stadium. Bruce has one home run against Garcia and only two in Busch Stadium. Hopefully these stats mean nothing today as Jay Bruce and the Reds take on Jaime Garcia and the Cardinals.

Jay Bruce career at bats vs. Jaime Garcia

Date	     Inning     Result
8/15/2008	6	Ground Out	 
8/17/2008	7	Single	 
5/14/2010	1	Strikeout	 
5/14/2010	4	Walk	 
5/14/2010	7	Lineout	 
5/31/2010	1	Flyout	 
5/31/2010	3	Flyout	 
5/31/2010	5	Groundout	 
7/5/2011	2	Groundout	 
7/5/2011	4	Groundout	 
7/5/2011	6	Flyout	 
7/17/2011	2	Flyout	 
7/17/2011	4	Groundout	 
7/17/2011	7	Pop Out	 
9/3/2011	1	Strikeout	 
9/3/2011	3	Single	 
9/3/2011	6	Strikeout	 
4/11/2012	2	Single	 
4/11/2012	3	Strikeout	 
4/11/2012	5	Sac Fly	 
4/18/2012	2	Single	 
4/18/2012	4	Groundout	 
4/18/2012	6	Flyout	 
8/25/2012	2	Groundout	 
8/25/2012	4	Strikeout	 
8/25/2012	6	Home Run	 
10/1/2012	2	Single	 
10/1/2012	4	Strikeout	 
10/1/2012	7	Strikeout	 
4/8/2013	2	Pop Out	 
4/8/2013	4	Single	 
4/8/2013	6	Single

Information was found at pitchfx

Jay Bruce batting stats vs. Jaime Garcia [career]

                                                       
               PA AB H HR RBI BB SO   BA  OBP  SLG  OPS
Jaime Garcia   32 30 8  1   4  1  7 .267 .281 .367 .648

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Generated 4/30/2013.


Some extra information about Jay Bruce in Busch Stadium:

Jay Bruce Year-by-Year splits in Busch Stadium

                                                       
            Year  G  AB  H 2B 3B HR   BA  OBP  SLG  OPS
            2008  3  11  0  0  0  0 .000 .083 .000 .083
            2009  4  14  0  0  0  0 .000 .176 .000 .176
            2010  6  23  6  1  1  0 .261 .292 .391 .683
            2011  9  38  7  1  0  2 .184 .225 .368 .593
            2012  6  23  6  0  0  0 .261 .292 .261 .553
            2013  4  17  5  0  0  0 .294 .333 .294 .627
    Career Total 32 126 24  2  1  2 .190 .244 .270 .514

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Generated 4/30/2013.

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.

Play ball


I am all ready for the game today.  Great game today, even though it ended in a tie. I am very happy baseball is back.

March 3, 2012
lineup
1. Brandon Phillips 2b
2. Zack Cozart ss
3. Joey Votto 1b
4. Ryan Ludwick lf
5. Jay Bruce rf
6. Scott Rolen 3b
7. Drew Stubbs cf
8. Devin Mesoraco c
9. Dioner Navarro dh


What will come first?


I wanted to have some fun and see what everyone thought about some of these questions. I could have started a poll for each but would rather have comments so then you can discuss your decisions.

What will come first in 2012?

Mat Latos getting a no-hitter or Mat Latos getting a home run?
Johnny Cueto 20 wins or Johnny Cueto 200 IP?
Ryan Madson 40 saves or Ryan Madson 90 SO?
Ryan Ludwick 20 HR or Ryan Ludwick 120 SO?
Joey Votto 120 hits or Joey Votto 20 HR?
Jay Bruce 25 HR or Jay Bruce 100 SO?
Drew Stubbs 125 SO or Drew Stubbs 25 SB?
Mike Leake 15 wins or Mike Leake 125 SO?
Bronson Arroyo 215 IP or Bronson Arroyo allowing 30 HR?
Cincinnati Reds 20 wins or Cincinnati Reds 20 losses?

Major League Baseball most active team in 2012 offseason #reds


In the past few days there have been more moves by Cincinnati Reds and it is hard to believe Walt Jocketty when he says he is finally done. It feels like the man has done more transactions this offseason then he has in the last five seasons combined. First, they made a trade with Philadelphia Phillies for 2B/SS Wilson Valdez for LHP Jeremy Horst. They signed Nick Masset to a two-year contract to avoid arbitration and they signed LHP Jeff Francis to a minor league deal to add more pitching depth. They also signed RHP Ryne Reynoso, INF Joel Guzman and before that, they signed utility player Willie Harris and are still waiting for the official signing of OF Ryan Ludwick. Let us not forget signing Ryan Madson and trading for Sean Marshall and Mat Latos and other minor league and spring training invites to players that will help bring competition to some of the younger guys. [Source – MLB.com]

This offseason has to go down as the most exciting one I have ever experienced as a Reds fan. (Close to 20 years) No matter the outcome right now I have to say Walt Jocketty has really done a great job on finding players that will help the team win in 2012. With a tight budget he had to be very clever in who he traded for and signed but after all the smoke clears I think he got the best players for what he had available. With upgrades in the starting rotation, bullpen and as closer along with a solid bench upgrade the team is looking great for spring training which is just around the corner.

Another hot topic in the past few days was the Top 100 Prospects of 2012 on mlb.com where Catcher Devin Mesoraco was No. 14 and shortstop Billy Hamilton rated at No. 34.

Reds roster and staff


Here is the 40-Man Roster for the Cincinnati Reds as of today. This of course is not counting Ryan Ludwick who is still not official yet.

        Cincinnati Reds 40-Man Roster
 
 #     Pitchers         B/T  Ht    Wt     DOB 
33 Jose Arredondo       R-R 6'0"  175  Mar 12, 1984 
61 Bronson Arroyo       R-R 6'4"  195  Feb 24, 1977 
34 Homer Bailey         R-R 6'3"  200  May 3, 1986 
   Andrew Brackman      R-R 6'10" 230  Dec 4, 1985 
45 Bill Bray            L-L 6'3"  225  Jun 5, 1983 
54 Aroldis Chapman      L-L 6'4"  195  Feb 28, 1988 
47 Johnny Cueto         R-R 5'10" 220  Feb 15, 1986 
46 Carlos Fisher        R-R 6'4"  225  Feb 22, 1983 
   Josh Judy            R-R 6'4"  200  Feb 9, 1986 
   Mat Latos            R-R 6'6"  225  Dec 9, 1987 
44 Mike Leake           R-R 6'1"  185  Nov 12, 1987 
63 Sam LeCure           R-R 6'1"  205  May 4, 1984 
   Kyle Lotzkar         L-R 6'4"  200  Oct 24, 1989 
   Ryan Madson          L-R 6'6"  200  Aug 28, 1980 
   Sean Marshall        L-L 6'7"  220  Aug 30, 1982 
40 Nick Masset          R-R 6'4"  240  May 17, 1982 
66 Logan Ondrusek       R-R 6'8"  230  Feb 13, 1985 
62 Jordan Smith         R-R 6'4"  220  Feb 4, 1986 
   Pedro Villarreal     R-R 6'1"  215  Dec 9, 1987 

 #     Catchers         B/T Ht     Wt     DOB 
29 Ryan Hanigan         R-R 6'0"  200  Aug 16, 1980 
39 Devin Mesoraco       R-R 6'1"  220  Jun 19, 1988 

 #   Infielders         B/T Ht     Wt     DOB 
43 Miguel Cairo         R-R 6'1"  220  May 4, 1974 
2  Zack Cozart          R-R 6'0"  195  Aug 12, 1985 
25 Juan Francisco       L-R 6'2"  240  Jun 24, 1987 
21 Todd Frazier         R-R 6'3"  220  Feb 12, 1986 
   Didi Gregorius       L-R 6'1"  175  Feb 18, 1990 
7  Paul Janish          R-R 6'2"  200  Oct 12, 1982 
   Donald Lutz          L-R 6'3"  235  Feb 6, 1989 
71 Kristopher Negron    R-R 6'0"  180  Feb 1, 1986 
4  Brandon Phillips     R-R 6'0"  205  Jun 28, 1981 
   Henry Rodriguez      S-R 5'10" 150  Feb 9, 1990 
27 Scott Rolen          R-R 6'4"  245  Apr 4, 1975 
   Neftali Soto         R-R 6'2"  180  Feb 28, 1989 
3  Chris Valaika        R-R 6'0"  210  Aug 14, 1985 
19 Joey Votto           L-R 6'3"  220  Sep 10, 1983 

 #   Outfielders        B/T Ht     Wt      DOB 
32 Jay Bruce            L-L 6'3"  225  Apr 3, 1987 
28 Chris Heisey         R-R 6'0"  225  Dec 14, 1984 
   Denis Phipps         R-R 6'3"  210  Jul 22, 1985 
6  Drew Stubbs          R-R 6'4"  200  Oct 4, 1984 

[Source]


        Cincinnati Reds Coaching Staff 
Manager & Coaches 
 #     Name            Position 
12 Dusty Baker         Manager 
49 Brook Jacoby        Batting Coach 
38 Bryan Price         Pitching Coach 
   Mack Jenkins        Assistant Pitching Coach 
22 Billy Hatcher       First Base Coach 
41 Mark Berry          Third Base Coach 
35 Chris Speier        Bench Coach 
59 Juan Lopez          Bullpen Coach 
72 Mike Stefanski      Bullpen Catcher 

Staff 
      Name             Position 
 Terry Reynolds        Director of Pro Scouting 
 J Harrison            Scout 
 Marty Maier           Scout 
 Jeff Morris           Scout 
 John Morris           Scout 
 Shawn Pender          Scout 
 Steve Roadcap         Scout 
 Mike Squires          Scout 
 Jeff Taylor           Scout 
 Dominic Viola         Scout 
 Jerry Walker          Scout 
 Joe Morgan            Baseball Operations Assistant 
 Paul Lessard          Athletic Trainer 
 Mark Riggins          Minor League Pitching Coordinator 
 Rick Sweet            Coordinator, Catching 

[Source]


     Cincinnati Reds Broadcasters 

     Name 
Marty Brennaman
Thom Brennaman
Chris Welsh 
Jeff Brantley
Jim Kelch
George Grande
Sean Casey
Kent Mercker

[Source]

New week with more new players?


A new week is here and Reds fans wait for the official signing of Ryan Ludwick and word on who else will join the team. General Manager, Walt Jocketty said last week that they would be looking for a SS / INF through trade and maybe adding some more depth to the starting rotation through free agency and this all should be taking shape this week. There are still a lot of great free agents on the market looking for teams and after seeing Walt sign Ryan Madson to a one year deal I am curious to what he will do next. Jeff Francis and Ryan Theriot have been rumored to be on the Reds radar right now and no one really knows what teams Walt is talking to in order to trade for INF depth.

Is Walt Jocketty done?


After signing Ryan Ludwick and avoiding arbitration with Homer Bailey, Paul Janish and Bill Bray the question that comes to many Cincinnati Reds minds now is; are the Reds done making moves this offseason? I would love to see them get another solid hitting infielder but after reading what Homer Bailey got for one year I am not sure if they have any more money to do it. Even if they don’t make any more moves this offseason, fans have to walk away very happy with what the Reds got. They needed a top of the rotation starter and they got it with Mat Latos. They needed bullpen help and got it with Sean Marshall. They then set their sights on a closer and got a great bargain with signing Ryan Madson. Walt Jocketty then went after a right-handed LF bat and got it with Ryan Ludwick.

No matter what some fans might think about their chances this season you can not deny the team is better now then they were last offseason and their chances to take first in National League Central should be a lot better.

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