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Can #Reds repeat 2013 numbers on this day?


Last year at this time, Cincinnati Reds won big! Can they do it again in 2014? Here is what happened last year.


Cincinnati went deep four times and Tony Cingrani threw seven strong innings after his callup from Triple-A in the Reds’ 12-2 victory over the Cubs on Tuesday night. Todd Frazier, Joey Votto, Xavier Paul and Zack Cozart went yard to support Tony Cingrani, who allowed two runs over seven strong innings after his callup from Triple-A. Cody Ransom homered for the Cubs, but Matt Garza allowed a career-high nine runs.


Frazier’s solo dinger
CIN@CHC: Frazier’s homer gets the Reds on the board
00:00:53


Votto’s two-run jack
CIN@CHC: Votto hammers a two-run homer to widen lead
00:00:35


Bruce’s two-run double
CIN@CHC: Bruce insures the lead with a two-run double
00:00:57


Paul’s three-run tater
CIN@CHC: Paul’s three-run homer breaks the game open
00:00:52


Cozart’s RBI single
CIN@CHC: Cozart’s RBI single piles onto Reds’ lead
00:00:25


Ransom’s solo homer
CIN@CHC: Ransom launches a solo homer to left field
00:00:54


Cozart’s three-run homer
CIN@CHC: Cozart’s homer pushes Reds’ lead to 10 runs
00:00:57


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Cincinnati Reds at Chicago Cubs 08.19.1965


Cincinnati Reds at Chicago Cubs 08.19.1965

Jim Maloney’s 1965 no-hitter

In 1965 Cincinnati Reds had a 89-73 record with Dick Sisler as the manager and players like 24 year old Pete Rose, 29 year old Frank Robinson and 25 year old pitcher, Jim Maloney.

I found this video and thought I would share it on here today. I also wanted to show stats of that game so then fans can see how it all worked out. It was the first game of a doubleheader at Wrigley Field. Reds [66-52] vs. Cubs [56-66] Jim Maloney [14-6] won and got the no-hitter while Larry Jackson [11-15] got the loss.



Cincinnati Reds

                                          
Batting              AB R H RBI BB SO   BA
Tommy Harper  LF      5 0 1   0  0  2 .278
Pete Rose  2B         5 0 1   0  0  0 .317
Vada Pinson  CF       3 0 2   0  0  0 .293
Frank Robinson  RF    4 0 2   0  0  0 .298
Gordy Coleman  1B     4 0 0   0  0  0 .326
Marty Keough  1B      0 0 0   0  0  0 .111
Deron Johnson  3B     4 0 0   0  0  1 .284
Johnny Edwards  C     4 0 0   0  0  1 .256
Leo Cardenas  SS      4 1 1   1  0  0 .299
Jim Maloney  P        4 0 2   0  0  1 .209
Team Totals          37 1 9   1  0  5 .243

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Generated 11/21/2013.

Chicago Cubs

                                            
Batting                AB R H RBI BB SO   BA
Don Landrum  CF         4 0 0   0  0  2 .240
Doug Clemens  LF        3 0 0   0  2  2 .254
Billy Williams  RF      4 0 0   0  1  0 .294
Ernie Banks  1B         5 0 0   0  0  1 .278
Ron Santo  3B           3 0 0   0  0  1 .276
Ed Bailey  C            2 0 0   0  2  1 .230
Glenn Beckert  2B       2 0 0   0  2  1 .229
Don Kessinger  SS       2 0 0   0  1  2 .204
Jimmy Stewart  PH-SS    1 0 0   0  0  0 .221
Larry Jackson  P        2 0 0   0  2  2 .118
Team Totals            28 0 0   0 10 12 .000

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Cincinnati Reds

                                                 
Pitching               IP H R ER BB SO HR  ERA BF
                                                 
Jim Maloney W (14-6)   10 0 0  0 10 12  0 2.71 40
Team Totals            10 0 0  0 10 12  0 0.00 40

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Generated 11/21/2013.

Chicago Cubs

                                                    
Pitching                  IP H R ER BB SO HR  ERA BF
                                                    
Larry Jackson L (11-15)   10 9 1  1  0  5  1 3.93 38
Team Totals               10 9 1  1  0  5  1 0.90 38

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Generated 11/21/2013.

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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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.


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.


Mat Latos vs. National League Central


Mat Latos has not played a lot in Great American Ball Park. In his career he has only played in this hitter friendly park twice, once in 2011 and the other time in 2009. He has only given up 1 home run in 14 innings and recorded 9 strike outs. After watching a few videos of Latos pitch in 2011 for San Diego Padres I have to say I am very impressed by the kid and what he can do. His curveball is amazing and his other pitches set it up very nicely. One very big bonus to this trade is that he is a National League pitcher so there will not have to be any adjustments made through that. Although he will be playing in some hitter friendly parks more now instead of the nice pitcher parks he might be used to, I have read that he did just as good on the road as he did at home. I can’t wait to see what he can do in GABP in the future.


Mat Latos in Great American Ball Park

Rk         Date  Tm Opp   Rslt  AppDec  IP H R ER BB SO HR Pit Str BF AB
1    2011-08-12 SDP CIN L  3-5 GS-7    7.0 4 2  2  1  5  0 111  71 26 24

2    2009-07-29 SDP CIN W  7-1 GS-7  W 7.0 1 1  1  1  4  1  86  57 23 21

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Generated 12/18/2011.


Friday, August 12, 2011, at Great American Ball Park [play by play and box score]
Wednesday, July 29, 2009, Great American Ball Park [play by play and box score]


I have included stats of Mat Latos career against National League Central teams so then we can see what teams he has done well against. The Brewers and Cardinals gave him some rough times in his career so far so hopefully with the Reds this will turn around and he will be able to pitch well against them.

                     W  L   ERA GS    IP   H  R ER HR BB  SO  WHIP SO/9 SO/BB
Chicago Cubs         2  2  3.47  4  23.1  21 11  9  1  8  30 1.243 11.6  3.75
Cincinnati Reds      1  1  2.70  3  20.0   9  6  6  3  4  16 0.650  7.2  4.00
Houston Astros       3  1  2.30  4  27.1  16  7  7  1  4  25 0.732  8.2  6.25
Milwaukee Brewers    0  2  4.63  2  11.2  13  6  6  3  5   8 1.543  6.2  1.60
Pittsburgh Pirates   2  0  2.84  3  19.0  16  6  6  2  5  19 1.105  9.0  3.80
St. Louis Cardinals  1  2 10.80  3  13.1  23 16 16  1  5   9 2.100  6.1  1.80

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Generated 12/18/2011.


Here are his career stats against the St. Louis Cardinals players.

                  AB  H HR RBI BB SO   BA  OBP  SLG   OPS
Rafael Furcal     14  5  0   2  1  4 .357 .400 .357  .757
Ryan Theriot      11  2  0   0  1  2 .182 .250 .182  .432
Lance Berkman      9  2  0   1  0  3 .222 .222 .222  .444
Albert Pujols      6  2  0   2  2  0 .333 .500 .500 1.000
Yadier Molina      7  3  0   3  0  2 .429 .429 .571 1.000
Jon Jay            5  3  0   0  1  0 .600 .667 .800 1.467
Matt Holliday      5  2  0   4  0  0 .400 .400 .400  .800
Skip Schumaker     4  2  0   0  1  0 .500 .600 .750 1.350
Chris Carpenter    3  0  0   0  0  1 .000 .000 .000  .000
Allen Craig        2  0  0   0  0  0 .000 .000 .000  .000
Daniel Descalso    3  1  0   0  0  0 .333 .333 .667 1.000
Kyle Lohse         1  0  0   0  0  1 .000 .000 .000  .000
Total             70 22  0  12  6 13 .314 .368 .386  .754

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And here are his career stats against Milwaukee Brewers players.

                      AB  H HR RBI BB SO   BA  OBP   SLG   OPS
Nyjer Morgan           7  0  0   0  0  0 .000 .000  .000  .000
Ryan Braun             4  0  0   0  2  0 .000 .333  .000  .333
Prince Fielder         6  1  0   0  0  1 .167 .167  .167  .333
Corey Hart             5  1  0   0  1  1 .200 .333  .400  .733
Casey McGehee          4  1  0   0  2  0 .250 .500  .250  .750
Rickie Weeks           6  4  2   3  0  0 .667 .667 1.667 2.333
Yuniesky Betancourt    3  0  0   0  0  1 .000 .000  .000  .000
Craig Counsell         3  0  0   0  0  1 .000 .000  .000  .000
Yovani Gallardo        3  1  1   1  0  1 .333 .333 1.333 1.667
Carlos Gomez           3  1  0   0  0  1 .333 .333 1.000 1.333
Jerry Hairston         3  1  1   1  0  0 .333 .333 1.333 1.667
Jonathan Lucroy        3  2  0   1  0  0 .667 .667 1.000 1.667
Zack Greinke           2  1  0   0  0  1 .500 .500  .500 1.000
Josh Wilson            2  1  0   0  0  0 .500 .500  .500 1.000
Randy Wolf             2  0  0   0  0  2 .000 .000  .000  .000
Total                 56 14  4   6  5  9 .250 .311  .536  .847

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Here are the stats of Mat Latos career in National League Central ball parks. I am hoping Bronson Arroyo and the other Reds pitchers will help Latos out with how to pitch well in these parks in 2012, especially in Busch Stadium and Miller Park or Dusty Baker will just have to be very careful of when he plays him when they play in those parks. In 58.4 innings (10 GS) he gave up 6 home runs in these parks while getting 54 strike outs.

           Split W L   ERA GS   IP  H  R ER HR BB SO  WHIP SO/9 SO/BB
CHC-Wrigley Fld  1 0  2.57  1  7.0  5  2  2  0  1 10 0.857 12.9 10.00
CIN-GreatAmer BP 1 0  1.93  2 14.0  5  3  3  1  2  9 0.500  5.8  4.50
HOU-MinuteMaidPk 1 1  3.14  2 14.1  6  5  5  1  2 15 0.558  9.4  7.50
MIL-Miller Pk    0 1  6.35  1  5.2  7  4  4  1  2  4 1.588  6.4  2.00
PIT-PNC Pk       2 0  2.77  2 13.0 11  4  4  2  3 14 1.077  9.7  4.67
STL-Busch Stad   0 2 25.31  2  5.1 17 15 15  1  5  2 4.125  3.4  0.40

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Generated 12/18/2011.


What is the big deal?


Why is Albert Pujols moving to the American League such a big deal to a Cincinnati Reds fan? He was one of the most dangerous hitters to ever face the team that is why.

Over his career playing for St. Louis Cardinals he hit 20 home runs in 266 at bats in Great American Ball Park. He has a .316 BA, .404 OBP and a .598 SLG in GABP. Of course he hit 20 or more home runs in other Central Division teams ball parks too but it took 20 or more games to do it. In Great American Ball Park he hit 20 in 68 games. Against Chicago Cubs in Wrigley Field he hit 26 HR in 85 games. Against Houston Astros in Minute Maid Park he hit 24 in 91 games. Pittsburgh Pirates in PNC Park saw him hit 29 home runs in 89 games. The only park he did not hit 20 in was against Milwaukee Brewers in Miller Park where he got 19 HR in 81 games. In his career against the Reds, Albert has hit 46 home runs in 172 games.

Now that the Machine is gone to the Angels there is another player that is on my radar this offseason and that is Prince Fielder. Of course Prince has not been around as long as Albert Pujols but having him out of the Central Division in 2012 will really help the Reds out big time.

Prince has also seen the ball very well in Great American Ball Park. In 52 games, 186 at bats he has hit 11 home runs getting a .323 BA, .422 OBP and .581 SLG. Against the Reds in his career Fielder has gotten 22 home runs in 102 games.

This of course shows just a part of the reason why I would like them both out of the National League Central but another big part is what these men do for their teams lineups on those days they are playing. Many players on their teams see a lot more pitches because of them in the game. I think Ryan Braun will not have such a great season in 2012 because of Fielder not batting in the same lineup. And of course the guys on the Cardinals will not be seeing as many good pitches as they used to when Albert was with them. These players will go on to hit well no matter what but they just won’t see the same pitches they once did when these two big boys were batting before or after them in the batting order. The Reds pitchers will have a chance to pitch a little better knowing that they don’t have to face these big bats every time they face that team.

No matter what the Reds front office does or doesn’t do this offseason having Prince Fielder and Albert Pujols go to different teams outside of the Central Division will be a huge factor in how well these teams do in the standings in 2012. Many people still believe St. Louis Cardinals will take the division and I have to disagree. There are way to many factors involved here that make their team completely different from the 2011 team. Their manager and first basemen are just two of those major factors. Will the Brewers really be able to take first without Prince? I highly doubt they will even with the guys they have they still will need that big bat to help out the rest of the lineup. Right now with what deals have been made this offseason, I give Pittsburgh Pirates a better chance of winning than St. Louis or Milwaukee. The Reds of course really need to have an injury free season for their main players in order to make a push for the division and Houston is gearing up for their move to the American League,

There is still a lot left in the offseason and some big moves can still be made to better each team but with Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson off to the Angels and of course Jose Reyes and Mark Buehrle going to Miami the teams in the National League Central Division are running low on options.

Will Paul Janish be traded?


With word out that Cincinnati Reds General Manager Walt Jocketty is looking for a veteran SS/INF to help play with Zack Cozart in 2012 it makes me wonder if Paul Janish will be part of a trade for a starting pitcher.

Paul Janish was drafted by Cincinnati in the 5th round of the 2004 amateur draft. his debut was on May 14, 2008. With four seasons played for the Reds he has a .221 BA, .289 OBP and .302 SLG. Which might not be to pleasing to other GM’s but his fielding should take any doubts away very quickly. 283 games at SS he has a .981 Fld%, 145 DP and 4.69 RF / 9 with only 20 errors.

He played 114 games for the Reds in 2011 with a .214 BA, .259 OBP and a .262 SLG. Not known for his hitting that does not surprise me. He was 1st with 14 Total Zone Runs as SS in 2011 and has 26 to put him 15th for active players overall and 59th for career which will only get better as he plays more. I for one would hate to see him traded. I liked watching him play SS. His Range Factor / 9Inn as SS was 4.63 to get him 4th in 2011.

If the Reds are thinking about trading Janish away I for one will be watching him play on that other team for sure. Like I said before I loved watching him play SS. He has never been good at hitting but I would rather see him in the batters box than Drew Stubbs right now and if they are thinking about trading him I really hope he goes to an American League team. I would hate to see him playing in the National League against the Reds turning double plays like crazy. I would love to see him play with Orlando Hudson but that would not be good for the Reds.

Over his career he has hit well in some ball parks. I thought I would list them here just to get an idea of where he might like to go play if he was traded. Chicago Cubs, Wrigley Field he has gone 13 for 42, getting a .310 BA. Milwaukee Brewers, Miller Park he has hit 10 times out of 30 at bats getting a .333 BA. New York Mets, Citi Field has seen him go 2 for 6 with a .333 BA. Arizona Diamondbacks, Chase Field he has gone 9 for 20 with a .450 BA and one that might be a good fit for both the Reds and Janish is Toronto Blue Jays, Rogers Center he has got 3 hits for 7 at bats giving him a .429 BA. Of course it is hard to say he will keep hitting well in those ball parks if he went there but it is something to think about. Many people have said that if a player can not hit in Great American Ball Park they can not hit anywhere else, I really hope that is not true. I would love to see Paul Janish get his hitting in the .240 BA range and then just watch him get golden gloves at SS every year. I personally would rather watch Paul Janish than Jose Reyes in the field but I might be the only one out there that says that.

One thing that might make Paul Janish a good trade for many teams is that he is not an expensive great fielding SS. They will not break the bank if they do trade a veteran SP for him and some other prospects. I really hope I am wrong with this and Paul Janish stays on the Reds for 2012 but with Jocketty telling Mark Sheldon they are looking for a SS/INF it really made me wonder what would happen to Janish.

It is nice to have options


On Tuesday, August 23, 2011, at Sun Life Stadium, Yonder Alonso batting 5th in the order for Cincinnati Reds went 3 for 4 with 1 walk and 1 strike out. He got a double and a home run with 4 RBIs and one run.

On Wednesday, September 7, 2011, at Wrigley Field Alonso went 3 for 4 again for the Reds batting 5th in the order. This time he got only one run batted in.

Those were two great games for Yonder Alonso in 2011. He had many great games this season and he impressed the fans and the front office of the Reds very much that they want to get him into the lineup more often any way they can. Of course Joey Votto plays 1B for the Reds and that has stopped Yonder from playing more. But if he can adapt to playing in left field I am sure he will get lots of playing time and will impress us even more.

Many people think it is a mistake to put him in LF but I just think back to who we used to have in that spot for many years and say; There is no way he will do worse then Adam Dunn. And just think of how much more valuable he will be if he does get good at playing in the field too. Players who can play multiple positions and hit well are usually very hard to find so many teams will pay big bucks to get them and keep them. And of course there is the fact that Joey Votto might not re-sign with the Reds after 2013 so having Yonder Alonso on the team really helps for the future.

The Reds have a very strong group of youngsters coming up through the farm system right now and for the first time in many years of being a fan I am very proud of our players. They did not do very well in 2011 but to me there is a lot of promise and it sure feels good to have all of these young guys every other team wants for a change. If Walt Jocketty is as smart as many say he is, I hope he will not trade them away without getting good value back in return. Yonder Alonso is one of those players I can see being on the Reds for a long time if the front office play their cards right.

Other players on the Reds I can’t wait to see play more are Zack Cozart, Devin Mesoraco, Dave Sappelt, Juan Francisco and Yasmani Grandal.


Yonder Alonso

                                                 
Year   Age  Tm  Lg   G  AB  H   BA  OBP  SLG  OPS
2010    23 CIN  NL  22  29  6 .207 .207 .276 .483
2011    24 CIN  NL  47  88 29 .330 .398 .545 .943
2 Seasons           69 117 35 .299 .354 .479 .833
162 Game Avg.      162 275 82 .299 .354 .479 .833

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Generated 11/22/2011.

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