March 31, 2010

The Daily Brief: Closer to Making Real Decisions

Last Game
Aaron Harang made his final start and wasn’t very good as the Reds lost to the Padres 7-5. Joey Votto continued his excellent batting, though, with 1 hit and 2 walks.

Next Games
The Reds play their final split-squad game of the Spring Training season, two games that will help decide whether Mike Leake or Travis Wood wins the 5th starter’s spot. In the afternoon, Leake starts against the A’s at 4:05pm EDT. He will be relieved by Aroldis Chapman and Micah Owings.

In the evening, the Reds will travel to Las Vegas where Wood will start against the Dodgers. Justin Lehr, Logan Ondrusek, and Kip Wells are also scheduled to pitch. Gametime is 10:05pm EDT, and this game will be broadcast by Fox Sports Ohio. Also, the Reds are expected to make several cuts after the game.

Chapmania Put to Rest. For Now
The Reds 5th starter will be a young, inexperienced rookie, but it won’t be Aroldis Chapman. Walt Jocketty indicated yesterday that Chapman’s injury has taken him out of the running. The next Chapman thing to speculate about? Which Reds minor league team will he be assigned to?

What to Say to Sound Smart at the Water Cooler
The St. Louis Cardinals named Chris Carpenter as the Opening Day starter against the Reds. Carpenter is obviously hoping this isn’t his only start, like last year.

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