Daily Archives: September 15, 2010

September 15, 2010

The Daily Brief: Inching Ever Closer

Last Game
The Cincinnati Reds lost 3-1 to the Arizona Diamondbacks last night, but the Reds’ Magic Number went down another notch thanks to the Cardinals again losing to the Cubs. (It’s nice to know the Cubs can succeed at something once in a while.) You can monitor the Magic Number in the handy box on the top-right of the RHM site, by the way.

The Reds offense struggled again, despite that one game resurgence in the opener against Arizona. The Reds did come close to another of their trademark last-minute wins, loading the bases in the 9th, but Ramon Hernandez’s shot to the gap in right field was chased down by Justin Upton to end the game.

Next Game
The Reds play game 3 of 4 against the Diamondbacks tonight when Homer Bailey takes on Joe Saunders. Game-time is 7:10pm EDT.

Changes to Baseball Schedule in 2011
The Red released their 2011 schedule yesterday, confirming Major League Baseball’s plan to move up the start of the schedule to end the playoffs before November.

Next year, Opening Day will fall on Thursday, March 31. My only concern is that this doesn’t curtail the Reds from turning Opening Night into an event. The Opening Night festivities that they had this year were a blast.

What to Say to Sound Smart at the Water Cooler
Bronson Arroyo’s last start resulted in his 15th win of the 2010 season. This marks his third year in a row with 15 or more wins. The last Reds starter to do that was Tom Browning. Of the current active major leaguers, only 3 other pitchers have done the same: Roy Halladay, Jon Lester, and C. C. Sabathia.

September 15, 2010

Reds Release 2011 Schedule

The Cincinnati Reds have released their schedule for 2011 season. There are some major changes, with Opening Day falling on a Thursday instead of a Monday, as it has for years now. The start has been moved up to make sure the World Series ends before November, which is a worthy goal, I think. Still, starting early will take some getting used to at first.

The full press release is below.

CINCINNATI — The Cincinnati Reds’ tentative 2011 schedule has been released by Major League Baseball.

The 2011 campaign will begin with Opening Day on Thursday, March 31, against the Milwaukee Brewers at Great American Ball Park. The Reds will wrap up their series with the Brewers on Saturday and Sunday, April 2-3, followed by three games against the Houston Astros to finish up the season’s first homestand.

Major League Baseball adopted the recommendation of The Commissioner’s Special Committee for On-Field Matters to begin the regular season earlier and mid-week to avoid playing World Series games in November.

Other featured matchups at Great American Ball Park in 2011 include a pair of weekend series against the National League Central Division rival St. Louis Cardinals (May 13-15, July 15-17), plus weekend battles with the Atlanta Braves (July 22-24) and San Francisco Giants (July 29-Aug. 1).

Highlighting the Reds’ Interleague schedule is a home series against the New York Yankees from June 20-22, New York’s first trip to Cincinnati since 2003.

Additional Interleague action at Great American Ball Park will include the Ohio Cup Series presented by the Ohio Lottery against the Cleveland Indians (July 1-3) and a three-game set with the Toronto Blue Jays (June 17-19).