According to C. Trent Rosecrans, the Cincinnati Reds have expressed an interest in Free Agent outfielder, Carlos Beltran. He has been courted heavily this offseason by the New York Yankees and many feel they have the upper hand in negotiations with the 36-year old Beltran. Read the rest of this entry »
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Bryan Price has never managed a professional baseball team. That is true. He has been a MLB pitching coach since 2001. Along the way he has accumulated a few awards. In 2011 he was Baseball Weekly’s Pitching Coach of the Year. In 2007 Baseball America named him Major League Coach of the Year. He joined the Cincinnati Reds’ staff in 2009 and has turned the pitching staff around. Under Dick Pole’s watch, the Reds’ pitching staff was nothing to write home about. Read the rest of this entry »
Who is David Bell and why does his name continually pop-up during managerial discussions? In case it didn’t land, that was a rhetorical question. Outside of Cincinnati, his name is not quite the household word. Ever since the firing of Dusty Baker his name has been whispered in hush tones all over the internet. Read the rest of this entry »
We, as Reds fanatics (where did you think ‘fans’ came from?) have watched two weeks of the season roll by in totally different halves. During the first part they won series’ against highly-touted Los Angeles Angels and the Washington Nationals whom many have picked to win the entire enchilada. By and large they looked very good while doing it.
Then came the second part. The dreaded Cardinals opened their home season with a loss to the Reds. It wasn’t just a loss it was a mugging. The Reds thumped the Redbirds 13-4 and looked to be on their way to a fantastic run. Then came game two of the series. Lance Lynn looked as though he were already in mid-season form as he struck out the Reds seemingly at will.
After a 5-1 loss the Reds sent Homer (No-No) Bailey to the hill in the rubber match. The Reds died quietly that night as Jake Westbrook pitched a shutout, 5-hit style deflating the spirit of Cincy fans everywhere. A 10-0 rout in a rubber game made the trip to Pittsburgh very gloom indeed.
The Pirates beat up on the Reds and brought out the broom, sweeping them by scores of 6-5, 3-1 and 10-7. In Saturday’s game Cincinnati lost ace Johnny Cueto for a few games due to an injury to his throwing arm. They chose to bring up pitcher Justin Freeman from Triple-A Louisville. Way to keep ’em guessing Dusty.
If you brought him up just because Cueto’s spot doesn’t hit until Thursday what are you thinking? Are you going to send him straight down and recall Tony Cingrani? Or, are you going to keep Freeman and send down a position guy?
Manager Dusty Baker has made some very questionable moves early on in the 2013 campaign. I don’t know where to start. How ’bout the beginning.
He should probably have started the season with Sean Marshall on the DL instead of waiting four or five games in. Instead he works J.J. Hoover as though he were a rented mule. He was bombarded and looked like a deer caught in the headlights.
The length of the leash on his pitchers is something else to discuss. To wit: Bronson Arroyo was pitching a masterpiece against the Cards, being perfect through five innings. He ran into trouble in the sixth giving up a double followed by a groundout. He faced Matt Craig and was deposited in the right field seats. Gone perfect game, gone no-hitter, gone shutout. Here is the problem.
If you have watched Arroyo for a few seasons you know of his proclivity of going from great to miserable in one or two batters. That is exactly what happened. Hits kept coming and without a strike from Shin-Soo Choo to the plate nailing Matt Holiday, they could still be hitting.
The same thing happened Monday against the Phillies. Through seven innings Arroyo was throwing a three-hit shutout. He surrendered a hard hit single to Donomic Brown and getting two outs. Chase Utley was sent to pinch hit for Cliff Lee.
Instead of removing Arroyo and bringing in Chapman to flame Utley, Baker chose the opposite. I don’t know if everyone knew what was coming, but I did. Utley, who is a bona fide Reds killer, took Arroyo deep and tied the score at two. Utley has hit 17 HR in only 58 games against the Reds. I had the same sick feeling in that AB that I had when Albert Pujols hit a grand slam against Dave Weathers a few years ago.
Baker should get T-Shirts printed saying “It isn’t easy being me”, because it couldn’t be. He gets second-guessed more than most managers. I don’t have evidence to support that indictment but the gut tells me that. Some of it is unsubstantiated but the majority is squarely on him.
I am a Reds fan through and through, I bleed red, seriously. If I feel the need to call out Baker I am going to do it.
What say ye?
Homer Bailey looked sharp as he struck out five batters in only two innings on Sunday. He faced seven betters and only gave up a single to Lorenzo Cain in the second inning. Bailey was pleased with his outing and admitted that Cain’s hit was probably not the best pitch he could have thrown with a 1-1 count.
In the two appearances he has made this Spring Training, Bailey has pitched three innings and has yet to give up a run. Sunday’s hit by Cain was the first off Bailey so far and he has walked one batter and fanned six. It is super early but any time a man has a whip less than 1.00 you have to love it.
The Reds lost the game to the Royals 8-1 as Tony Cingrani got pinned with the loss.
Although the pitching was bad the takeaway from the first game of Spring Training good. Shin-Soo Choo worked the leadoff role to perfection his first time at bat in a Reds uniform. He walked and scored the first of five runs in the first inning. Joey Votto started the spring off on the right foot with a 2-3 performance.
Power came in the form of the battle for backup catcher between Miguel Olivo and Devin Mesoraco. Oliva went deep with a solo shot in the fourth inning and Mesoraco blasted a two-run shot in the fifth.
Starting pitcher Tony Cingrani allowed three runs in his only inning of work.
Manager Dusty Baker had a comment after the game.
“The offense was moving pretty good,” Baker said. “We had a lot of young guys out there. A lot of walks, untimely walks especially at the end of the game. You want to rescue them but they have to get their work in.”
According to Mark Sheldon Choo was not a liability thus far in center-field. He said that Choo got to a deep drive on one hop and held the runner to a long single.
Ex-Reds Drew Stubbs and Jeremy Hermida both contributed a single to the Indian victory.
The contract is for one year and is worth $3.06M. Leake was seeking $3.5M and the Reds were only offering $2.65M. In 2012 he made $507,000.
Leake, 25 has been with the Reds since he was their 1st round pick in the 2009 amateur draft, out of Arizona State. He went straight to the major leagues without spending a moment in the minors. In 2011 he was 12-9 with a 3.86 ERA before stumbling last season when his ERA ballooned to a career high of 4.58.
It is supposed by many that Leake will be replaced in the rotation by 2013 closer, Aroldis Chapman. It is likely that Leake will be a spot starter and long reliever.