March 30, 2010
W: Latos (3-0)
L: Harang (1-3)
S: Gregerson (2)
Aaron Harang made his last start before Opening Day for the Cincinnati Reds (9-16-2). And he was bad. Again.
Harang has been good for the Reds, and he’s one of the few players I’ve considered purchasing a jersey of, but he is not ending Spring Training in good shape. Against the San Diego Padres (17-10), Harang lasted just 4 2/3 innings, allowing 5 runs, 4 earned. He did strike out 6, which is good, but those 5 hits and 2 walks kinda negate that, not to mention the throwing error.
The Reds actually scored some runs behind Harang, but the hole was too deep. Ryan Hanigan drove in a run, as did Paul Janish on an automatic double.
The game was an ugly one, with both teams committing 3 errors. In addition to Harang’s error, Drew Sutton misplayed two balls.
With this loss, the Reds have now dropped 6 in a row.
March 30, 2010
The Cincinnati Reds pushed their losing streak to 5, losing 8-1 to the Chicago Cubs. The Reds used nothing but relievers, and may be able to eliminate some thanks to poor performances from Carlos Fisher, Kip Wells, and Matt Maloney. The offense was punch-less, continuing a theme from last year, although Joey Votto picked up a couple hits.
The San Diego Padres travel to Goodyear to face Aaron Harang and the Reds at 4:05pm EDT. The game, as all remaining Spring Training games, will be broadcast on the Reds radio network. Jared Burton, Arthur Rhodes, and Daniel Ray Herrera are scheduled to relieve Harang.
Sickels on Cueto
Prospect rater and writer-extraordinaire John Sickels focused on young Reds starting pitcher Johnny Cueto (via Shawn’s Fanhuddle Reds’ blog). Sickels finds some decent comparable pitchers to Cueto, and says that if Cueto can stay healthy and further develop his secondary pitches, then he “has a very good chance to be a very solid major league starter” and “a small chance to be a genuine superstar.” After all these years of crappy Reds pitching, either option sound good to me.
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