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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.

What to Say to Sound Smart at the Water Cooler
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?