March 29, 2010

The Daily Brief: Losing By 1

Last Game
Over the weekend, the Reds lost every game they played by 1 run. On Sunday, Bronson Arroyo started against the San Diego Padres. Arroyo was good, allowing 2 runs in 6 innings, but the offense managed only 1 run thanks to an RBI single from Wladimir Balentien.

Next Game
Today the Reds again travel to Mesa, Arizona to battle the Chicago Cubs. The Reds will be having a bullpen day, with Carlos Fisher leading the way, followed by Justin Lehr, Jared Burton, Kip Wells, Matt Maloney, and Arthur Rhodes. Game-time is 4:05 pm EDT.

Aroldis Chapman Feeling Better
If you noticed the faint sound of what appeared to be thousands of joints popping yesterday afternoon, that was probably most of Reds fandom moving their fingers again after having them crossed since Chapman had back issues. Chapman pitched for 1 inning in a AAA game, allowing 1 hit and striking out 2. Afterward, he said, “I feel like I did before, good, really good” which makes everyone who hadn’t crossed their fingers expel a breath they didn’t realize they’d been holding.

What to Say to Sound Smart at the Water Cooler
The Reds have 40 players on their active roster and will need to reduce that by 15 before the season starts on April 5. Dusty Baker said no cuts will be made until after a game in Las Vegas on March 31.

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