March 30, 2010

The Daily Brief: Losing to the Cubs Never Feels Good

Last Game
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.

Next Game
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.

What to Say to Sound Smart at the Water Cooler
Jonny Gomes is tied for the Cactus League home run lead with 5.

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