Monthly Archives: August 2012

August 29, 2012

Votto batting practice video

Last Game
The Reds won the second game of the series against the Diamondbacks last night, 5-3. Todd Frazier and Ryan Hanigan each went 2-for-4 with 2 RBI, Johnny Cueto became the first pitcher in baseball this year to reach 17 wins, and the Reds overtook the Nationals for the best record in MLB. It was quite a night.

Next Game
Tomorrow the Reds go for the series sweep against the Diamondbacks. Mat Latos (RHP, 10-4, 3.84 ERA) will challenge Patrick Corbin (LHP, 5-5, 3.91 ERA). Latos is coming off a real stinker of an outing against the Cardinals, but Corbin’s apparently be struggling lately, too. First pitch at 3:40 p.m.

Votto Takes the Field as a Dragon (again)

Before they were mega-millionairesI know we just talked about Joey Votto’s rehab stint a couple days ago, but he actually took the field today. What else could we possibly talk about??

Votto played five innings with the Class A Dayton Dragons and reported feeling good. He walked once and struck out swinging once. He’s being emphatic that he’s not 100% yet, and Dusty Baker is being emphatic that we won’t see him in a Reds uniform before Saturday, when the Reds visit the Astros.

Till then, we can see him on the Dragons’s field via this video, courtesy of the Cincinnati Enquirer:

Having been drafted by the Reds and in the Reds’ system all along, it’s a bit of a homecoming for Votto to play for the Dragons. The last time he was there, though, he didn’t fill the stadium to bursting. The 9,198 who showed up for the minor league game was the most for the Dragons this year, and that’s saying something. That place is *always* sold out.

I bet he’s filled out a little since the last time he was there. (Obviously this picture isn’t from his time with the Dragons, but it’s isn’t very long before it, and I wanted an excuse to dig this one up again

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Scott Rolen worked a 15-pitch at bat when drawing a walk in the second inning of last night’s game. Way to drive up that pitch-count single-handedly!

August 28, 2012

Game 130: Reds 3, Diamondbacks 2

W: Arroyo (11-7) L: Skaggs (1-1) S: Chapman (32)


The Reds beat the Diamondbacks in the series opener in Arizona last night, 3-2.

Before the game, @jluckhaupt was heard to tweet:

Now that’s usually backward, you see. Usually you want your guys who get on base the most to get the most number of at-bats, so you put them highest in the order. Just looking at that string of numbers, though, didn’t quite do it for me. So that’s why I made a little graph in Excel. It’s nothing fancy like some of the stat-enthusiasts will show you, but I thought it captured the trend pretty well:

That’s Drew Stubbs, Wilson Valdez, Brandon Phillips, Ryan Ludwick, Jay Bruce, Todd Frazier, Scott Rolen, and Ryan Hanigan. Of course, I used the OBP numbers from today rather than the ones from yesterday, but seeing as we’re on game 130 of the season, the one game’s worth of data probably doesn’t matter much.

Arroyo pitching in AZ. AP Photo/Ross D. FranklinOf course, the guy with the lowest OBP of all isn’t even on the chart. That’s Bronson Arroyo, who gets on base a whopping 17% of the time. Even so, he was the offensive hero last night, giving the Reds the lead in the sixth that would carry them through the night.

But before he could be an offensive star, Arroyo began the game as just a starting pitcher. Arroyo worked 6.0 innings, allowing 2 runs (earned) on 5 hits. He also walked 1. After the sixth, Sean Marshall, Jonathan Broxton, and Aroldis Chapmam each worked a hitless frame. There’s the lights-out bullpen we all know and love! They’ve been missing for a while.

Aside from Arroyo, the other RBI belongs to Brandon Phillips, who was 2-for-3 on the night. Valdez (he of the .229 OBP, you’ll recall) got the most official at-bats and used them to drag down his numbers a little (to .228) with a 1-for-5 night. He did score a run, though, which just shows you never know how people are going to find a way to contribute on this team.

The win brings the Reds’ record to 78-52. They lead the NLC by 6.0 games over the Cardinals. They continue the series tonight against the Diamondbacks. Johnny Cueto (RHP, 16-6, 2.47 ERA) goes against Wade Miley (LHP, 14-8, 2.80 ERA) for Arizona. First pitch at 9:40 pm EDT.

August 28, 2012

Reds to host first interleague opener

Last Game
The Reds won the first game in their series against the Diamondbacks last night by a score of 3-2. The hero of this game was Bronson Arroyo, who hit a solo home run in the sixth inning to give the Reds the lead that they would eventually win by.

Next Game
The Reds continue the series in Arizona tonight. Johnny Cueto (RHP, 16-6, 2.47 ERA) will take the mound for the Reds. He’s a rock-star, but he won’t be hitting any home runs, and he’s coming off a real crappy outing against the Phillies on Thursday where he didn’t even make it through six innings. He will be facing off against Wade Miley (LHP, 14-8, 2.80 ERA) who’s been killing it this year. First pitch at 9:40 p.m.

Reds to host first interleague Opening Day
John Fay says that the tentative 2013 season schedule features the Cincinnati Reds hosting the first ever interleague Opening Day:

As it stands, the Reds will open on Monday, April 1, against the Los Angeles Angels at Great American Ball Park.
The Angels, with Albert Pujols and likely Rookie of the Year Mike Trout, are obviously a top draw.

Albert Pujols at bat in 2008

The need for an interleague Opening Day is due to the fact that the Houston Astros will become an American League team next year. That means that each of the AL and the NL will have an odd number of teams (15), so any given day when everyone is playing, there’s going to have to be an interleague game.

How cool that the Reds should get to be the first. They’ve been the first at so many things throughout history. Now if only they’d be the first to bat Ryan Hanigan second.

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Joey Votto was supposed to start his rehab stint with the class A Dayton Dragons last night, but didn’t after all due to the rain. Can this guy ever catch a break?

August 27, 2012

Game 129: Cardinals 8, Reds 2

W: Wainwright (13-10) L: Bailey (10-9)


Zack Cozart throwing, via Getty imagesThe Reds put in a poor showing against the Cardinals yesterday and wound up the game- and series-losers.

Homer Bailey started for the Reds and had a tough time of it. He pitched 6.0 innings, allowing 5 runs (earned) on 9 hits. It’s weird because he looked so good to start the game. In fact, he only needed 17 pitches to get through the first 2 innings.

Sean Marshall, who came in next, didn’t even start out looking good. He pitched only .2 innings but allowed 2 runs (earned) on 4 hits in that amount of time. Sam LeCure had to come in to get the final out of the seventh and pitch the eighth. LeCure was the only pitcher not to give up any runs.

Jose Arredondo closed it out in the ninth. He allowed 1 more run (as if it were necessary) on 3 hits in the final frame.

That’s a pretty darn mediocre performance from the pitchers, but I’d like to think that the Reds’ offense could come up with more than 2 runs against Wainwright. Instead, only 33 batters even faced Cardinals’ pitching. No one had more than one hit, and several of your favorites didn’t even get that.

Zack Cozart, for example, had a run scored but no hits since he reached on a fielder’s choice. Chris Heisey and Ryan Ludwick each got an RBI with their hits, but Todd Frazier only reached thanks to being hit by a pitch. The other run was scored by Ryan Hanigan, who also made good use of his single.

I don’t know about you, but I could use a day off. And with the way the Reds played last night, I think they could, too. Their last off-day was August 13, and there’s been a double-header since then.

Instead, they head straight to Arizona for a 3-game series with the Diamondbacks starting tonight. Bronson Arroyo (RHP, 10-7, 3.87 ERA) tries to build off his last solid start against Tyler Skaggs (LHP, 1-0, 2.70 ERA). First pitch at 9:40 p.m.

August 27, 2012

Votto due back Friday

Last Game
The Reds never led in the last game of the series against the Cardinals last night, and they ended up losing the game 8-2 and the series 2-1. Homer Bailey had another rough outing, giving up 5 runs (earned) on 9 hits in 6.0 innings of work. The real question, though, is why no player made it on base more than once last night. The offense could only muster 7 hits in its 32 ABs.

Next Game
Despite everyone’s need for an off-day, the Reds head to Arizona tonight to take on the Diamondbacks. Bronson Arroyo (RHP, 10-7, 3.87 ERA) tries his luck against Tyler Skaggs (LHP, 1-0, 2.70 ERA). It is only Skaggs’ second major league start, so he certainly has the benefit of surprise. First pitch at 9:40 p.m.

Awaiting the Return of Votto
At long last, the Reds are willing to say when they expect to have Joey Votto return to the line-up. The plan is to have him play a couple rehab games with A Dayton starting Tuesday (as if it weren’t already hard enough to get into a Dragons’ game) and then rejoin the Reds when they visit Houston on Friday.

We haven’t seen Votto in the line-up since July 16. He should have come back from arthroscopic surgery on his knee a long time ago, but then he did more damage to his knee doing sliding drills and had to have a follow-up procedure on August 10.

In case you’re wondering, the answer is no: he won’t be doing any more sliding drills before his rehab start.

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We may not be getting Nick Masset back when the rosters expand after all. After experiencing some soreness in his shoulder, Masset has undergone an MRI. The word is still out on how it will affect his chances of playing this year.