Daily Archives: March 2, 2011

March 2, 2011

The Daily Brief: Splitting the Split

Last Games
Yesterday, the Cincinnati Reds split their squad to play both the Los Angeles Angels and the Oakland A’s, and they split the results.

Johnny Cueto allowed 2 runs over three innings against the Angels. The only offense for the Reds was a first-inning, run-scoring single from Joey Votto. The Reds never scored again and lost 2-1.

Against the A’s, Mike Leake started and allowed one run over two innings. Matt Klinker allowed five runs, three earned, but the offense was there to bail him out. Jonny Gomes and Yonder Alonso both hit home runs. Jay Bruce, Chris Valaika, and Devin Mesoraco each had a couple hits for the cause as the Reds won 7-6.

Next Game
The Reds host the Chicago White Sox today. Homer Bailey takes on Edwin Jackson at 3:05pm EST. Unfortunately, this game isn’t on TV or radio.

And About that Left Field Split
With the off-season signings of outfielders Fred Lewis and Jeremy Hermida, it looked like Walt Jocketty was setting the Reds and Jonny Gomes up for a platoon in left field. Dusty Baker shot down that notion yesterday.

“I never said that,” Baker said. “Gomes deserves to play most of the time. Everybody plays on my team. There will be times when Jonny’s not going to play. I explained that to him. That’s right now. Come July, August, who knows?”

It’s hard to know what to think of this. Gomes strikes me as a more-durable Ryan Freel. He’s got the crazy intensity, and while he doesn’t break down as much, he did definitely wear down as last season went along. Gomes might do better with more rest.

What to Say to Sound Smart at the Water Cooler
The Reds have nine players on the roster that are out of options: Bronson Arroyo, Homer Bailey, Bill Bray, Miguel Cairo, Francisco Cordero, Jonny Gomes, Fred Lewis, Nick Masset, and Brandon Phillips.