March 25, 2010
W: Jimenez (2-0)
L: Harang (1-2)
Aaron Harang started for the Cincinnati Reds (9-10-2) and had a worse day than the Roman Catholic church. Okay, maybe not that bad.
It was ugly out there, though. Harang was originally scheduled to go for 6 innings in the continuing Spring Training quest to increase his durability. Instead, he lasted 2 2/3 and allowed 7 runs. Ouch.
The Reds lost, of course. But the offense did show life again. Jonny Gomes and Laynce Nix both homered as they continue to fight to make the team. And although Joey Votto didn’t get a hit, he did walk in a run when the bases were loaded. Votto had two walks on the day, so maybe his judgment of pitches is close to being ready for opening day.
March 25, 2010
After the tape-delayed shutout fiasco against the Giants on Sunday, the Reds had some redeeming to do. And redeem themselves they did, drubbing the Giants 10-3. Jared Burton got the vulture win after blowing a save opportunity.
Aaron Harang is the scheduled starter in a road game against the Colorado Rockies at 4:05pm EDT. He will be followed by Justin Lehr, Nick Masset, and a passel of minor leaguers with no chance of making the team this year.
The Reds Offensive Middle
The team did score 10 runs yesterday, but it was still not thanks to the heart of the lineup. The low averages and punchless production from Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips is getting some notice, but I have a feeling that both will come around. Of course, it should be no surprise that the team has trouble scoring runs. They were about the worst at that last year. Any slump from those in the middle could make for some long stretches.
What to Say to Sound Smart at the Water Cooler
Although certainly not to the apocalyptic Eric Milton levels, the Reds have a fly-ball happy starting rotation. In a “park that inflates home run rates by 12%”, that may not be the best accumulation of pitchers.