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June 25, 2012

Reds induct Sean Casey to team hall of fame

Nice hatsThis weekend was the big Reds’ Hall of Fame induction gala when the Reds welcomed three first basement of various eras to the hallowed halls of its HOF:

  • Sean Casey played with the Reds 1998 – 2005
  • Dan Driessen played with the Reds 1973 – 1984
  • John Reilly played with the Reds 1880 – 1891

That last one must be the “museum” part of “Reds Hall of Fame and Museum.” I don’t know the era well enough to know whether his numbers were actually any good, but at 6’3″ in the 1880s it’s little wonder they called him “Long John.” He must have been quite a beast.

Plenty of folks had an up-close view of the gala, and it sounds like it was a zany-fun time. Check out some of these posts to help take your mind off last night’s game:

My personal thought about the induction, though, is a little different than the others. What I notice is that if Casey were on the roster today, he wouldn’t even be the oldest one: Miguel Cairo has his beat by two months.

June 25, 2012

Game 71: Twins 4, Reds 3

W: Diamond (6-3) L: Chapman (4-4) S: Burton (1)


The Reds lost another heartbreaker last night 4-3.

Mike Leake was the starter for the contest. He was recently swapped in the rotation with Mat Latos, ostensibly because he’s too similar to Bronson Arroyo to have them starting back to back, and not because Latos has been pretty terrible lately. Leake put in a strong performance yesterday, allowing 2 runs (earned) on 5 hits through 8.0 innings pitched.

It was Aroldis Chapman who got the short end of this game by blowing the save in the 9th inning. He managed to strike out one, but then Joe Mauer smacked a double to left, setting up Josh Willingham to homer them both in. The Reds had the bottom of the inning to recover, but that didn’t turn out to be enough time.

On the offensive side, Wilson Valdez continues to inch his way into our hearts, but it’s still a long road, especially when he grounds out to end the game. He went 2-for-5 last night with a run scored and an RBI, which helped bring his AVG up to .237 and OBP to .244. Perhaps these are not the traditional numbers of a #2 hitter, but they’re better than almost all the starting pitchers.

The other RBI were brought in by Joey Votto who broke his 2-game hitless streak with a 2-run home run in the eighth inning. Votto was on deck when the game ended.

The loss brings the Reds’ record to 39-32. Today they begin a series with the Brewers in Cincinnati. Latos (5-2, 5.20 ERA) takes on Yovani Gallardo (6-5, 4.22 ERA). First pitch at 7:10 p.m.

June 25, 2012

Daily Brief: the Reds closer situation

Last Game
It’s pretty bad whenever the Reds lose, but losing a game and a series at home to what is arguably the worst team in the AL has a special sting to it. The Reds fell to the Twins 4-3 last night.

This loss was brought to you by the number 54 (Aroldis Chapman who blew the save AGAIN), the number 12 (Dusty Baker, who thought it would be a good idea to put Chapman in with a 1-run lead) and the letters W, T, and F.

Next Game
Tonight the Reds play host to the Milwaukee Brewers. The shaky Mat Latos (5-2, 5.20 ERA) takes the mound for the Reds. He is coming off a poor performance against the Indians last Monday. He opposes Yovani Gallardo (6-5, 4.22 ERA) who is on a much hotter streak at the moment.

Now I’m Free, Free-fallin’
The Reds:

  • have lost 4 of their last 6 series
  • have lost 5 of their last 6 games
  • lead the second-place Pirates by only 1.0 game
  • lead the third-place Cardinals by 2.0 games

There’s still plenty of time to restart the engines before they hit the ground, but pretending everything is normal isn’t going to get it done. So what’s changed? There haven’t been a lot of injuries and the offense has actually gotten better compared to those early-season games when they just couldn’t seem to push a run across even when the starter had only allowed 1 or 2.

Part of it is the starting pitching. Johnny Cueto continues to be Cy Young, but Latos has fallen back into the rough performances he was giving in April and Bronson Arroyo is handing out home runs like complimentary breath mints.

Looming larger, though, has been the relief pitching blowing saves: Chapman last night, Bill Bray on Friday, Chapman again the Tuesday before that. It may be time to reconsider the closer situation. Maybe Sean Marshall has earned another shot at it. It certainly feels like Chapman’s performance lately has been worse than the performance Marshall gave to lose the job in the first place.

Plus, many of us never really wanted Chapman in the closer role. The guy needs consistent rest, and he needs enough time in a game to use more than just his fastball, which guys are starting to hit as hard as they come in now. I know he’s on a short inning count for the season, but maybe Baker could find a spot start for him to try out the next time the flu-like symptoms come around.

What to Say to Sound Smart at the Water Cooler
In spite of it all, Reds relievers still lead the National League in ERA (2.62) as of yesterday.