June 26, 2012
Joey Votto is clearly running away with the NL’s first base All Star position. So much so, that I think it’s easy to lose perspective. Here’s a couple facts to help increase the resolution on this number:
- Since last week’s tally, Votto has received over 1.3 million votes. The second-place vote getter has only 1.5 million votes for the entirety of the voting.
- Votto has about 3 times as many votes as the second-lace finisher, but he also has more votes than 2nd, 3rd, and 4th combined.
- If you were to try to single-handedly pull Lance Berkman into first place, it would take you 342 days of submitting one vote every 10 seconds, with no breaks for Skyline chili or sleeping.
So, I think Votto’s safe.
Brandon Phillips, on the other hand, is still lagging. He’s less than a million votes behind, but voting ends midnight Thursday. He really does deserve it, but with Tony LaRussa managing the NL team this year, he’s not likely to get in unless folks start putting in some serious clicking.
Have you done your clicking yet? All you have to do is go to MLB.com to fill out your ballot. You can vote 25 times per email address, and if you’re like me, you’ve got several email addresses, including one or two you would even give to MLB.
Tallies as of June 26, 2012:
- Joey Votto, Reds: 4,475,180
- Lance Berkman, Cardinals: 1,516,737
- Freddie Freeman, Braves: 1,462,586
- Brandon Belt, Giants: 1,291,982
- Ryan Howard, Phillies: 873,526
- Dan Uggla, Braves: 2,641,361
- Brandon Phillips, Reds: 1,870,966
- Jose Altuve, Astros: 1,479,652
- Rickie Weeks, Brewers: 1,202,051
- Omar Infante, Marlins: 1,093,119
- Matt Kemp, Dodgers: 4,118,524
- Carlos Beltran, Cardinals: 3,717,483
- Ryan Braun, Brewers: 3,168,617
- Melky Cabrera, Giants: 3,045,884
- Andre Ethier, Dodgers: 1,948,973
- Matt Holliday, Cardinals: 1,880,342
- Andrew McCutchen, Pirates: 1,685,543
- Angel Pagan, Giants: 1,613,948
- Hunter Pence, Phillies: 1,610,283
- Michael Bourn, Braves: 1,553,285
- Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies: 1,506,613
- Shane Victorino, Phillies: 1,365,023
- Jason Heyward, Braves: 1,322,217
- Jay Bruce, Reds: 1,195,031
- Martin Prado, Braves: 1,142,946
To see the tallies for the other positions, you can go to this story on MLB.com and scroll all the way to the bottom.
June 26, 2012
W: Latos (6-2)
L: Gallardo (6-6)
S: No Thanks
The Reds got their winning streak up to 1 last night by beating the Brewers in the first game of the series.
Oh, Mat Latos. This was a performance we really, really liked. Let’s stop worrying about proving that it was worthwhile to trade for you and just keep pitching like that, huh? In 9.0 innings of work, Latos allowed 1 run (earned) on 4 hits and 2 walks. He struck out a career-high 13, giving all the fans at GABP free pizza and ice cream. A yummy performance all around.
And if that weren’t enough, Latos brought his bat as well. He went 2-for-3, though no one could seem to bring him in. Drew Stubbs, freshly off the DL, also went 2-for-3, but he also got to score 2 of the Reds’ 3 runs. Joey Votto, though hitless on the night, scored the other run thanks to a walk in the fourth inning.
The RBI belonged to Brandon Phillips (1) and Jay Bruce (2). The Reds didn’t hit any home runs last night, but that’s how the Brewer’s got their one run. Whatever.
The win brings the Reds’ record to 40-32. Game 2 against the Brewers is tonight at 7:10 p.m. when Bronson Arroyo (3-5, 4.19 ERA) defends against Marco Estrada (0-3, 4.50 ERA).
June 26, 2012
It was the Mat Latos show in the Reds’ 1-3 win over the Brewers last night. Not only did he go complete game and eliminate the opportunity for anyone to blow his save, the .130 hitter also went 2-for-3 at the plate, posting 2 of the team’s 7 hits.
Bronson Arroyo (3-5, 4.19 ERA) takes his turn on the mound against the Brewers’ Marco Estrada (0-3, 4.50 ERA). It will be Estrada’s first start since May thanks to a stint on the DL. First pitch at 7:10 p.m.
Stubbs Returns from DL
Drew Stubbs came off the DL for last night’s game, and he was the only guy other than Latos to contribute more than 1 hit. Baker was excited to get him into the line-up because of the spark he adds through his base-stealing. Though he only went 1-for-10 during his rehab assignment (and not getting on often has a negative impact on the running game), he was apparently just saving it up. He was 2-for-3 with a walk, 2 runs scored, and a stolen base.
Stubbs missed 8 games with a strained left oblique muscle before they put him retroactively on the 15-day DL on June 15. The Reds optioned Willy Harris to make room on the roster, which makes sense, since Harris is who they brought up when Stubbs got hurt in the first place.
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The Cardinals have strung together a 4-game win streak to pull themselves back into a tie for second in the NLC. The Pirates and Cardinals are both 2.0 games back.
June 25, 2012
This 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
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.