Archive for March, 2008

Reds Shut Down In Season Opener

Yes, yes, yes, I know this is just one game.  Grrr, the problem is, this is how a lot of the Reds games went this year.  Two runs on three (cue Bob Uecker impersonation from Major League) freaking hits is all they can manage.  Thankfully Brandon Phillips actually got a hit for extra bases and he both drove in and scored via his triple in the fourth inning.  That just made it a close game though.

Aaron Harang was good but not great and in this one, he would have needed to be great.  Three runs (just two of those were earned) on three hits and two walks with six strikeouts in six innings.  The David Weathers/Francisco Cordero combo looked sharp though, it’s just a shame the hitters couldn’t use the shutdown to come back and win.

Adam Dunn had a productive game despite not getting a hit.  He did strikeout out but he drew a walk and drove in Phillips on a ground out in that two run fourth inning.  Take away the triple, and Phillips had a tough game with three strikeouts in other three at bats. 

The Reds have the day off tomorrow and then Bronson Arroyo makes his season debut.  Dan Haren will make his debut as a National League pitcher so hopefully our big bats (yes, they’re there) welcome him appropriately.

Let’s Get It On

Alright, Opening Day is tomorrow and don’t look now, but the Reds actually look like they might have a good team.  The problem is, some key players are either on the bench or in Louisville.  You’ve heard me go on about Jay Bruce and Homer Bailey but now Joey Votto has been relegated to the bench with Scott Hatteberg getting the starting nod at first base.  Vintage Dusty Baker so nobody should be too suprised.  The pen is better and the rotation is there.  Most important, the Reds play in a weak division and a trade deadline move could push them in either direction.  If they trade Adam Dunn for Eric Gagne though, it might be time to pick a new team.

The Reds doubled up the Rays in their final spring game.  A lot of guys played who will be playing down in the minors but that’s usually how those final spring training games go.  Johnny Cueto had a rough start but the pen did a nice job.

Public enemy number one are the Diamondbacks.  What’s up with the 2 pm start?  The Reds should be at least opening up the first big day but they’ve been relegated to a status like every other team.  Aaron Harang will go up against Brandon Webb.

Adam Dunn Belts Fourth Spring Homer In Reds Win

Adam Dunn has one more game to push his spring average over the .200 mark but the low batting average didn’t stop him from belting homerun number four in the Reds 6-3 win over Tampa Bay.  Jeff Keppinger had a team high three hits while David Ross had two hits and two runs.

The Reds gave their relievers some work today as eight pitchers all saw time in this one.  David Weathers gave up a run in his two innings but he’s had a decent spring and I like him as a setup man a lot more then I like having to rely on him as the team’s closer.  Jeremy Affeldt picked up the win with 1 1/3 innings of relief and I like him in the pen too.  Not that it’s saying much, but this could be the best Reds bullpen in the several years.

Johnny Cueto gets the start tomorrow in the Reds final spring game.  Then they count baby.

Bye Bye Bailey

It’s official.  Homer Bailey has joined Jay Bruce as top prospects cut by Dusty Baker.  It’ll be hard to keep Bailey down if he dominates the International League in these first couple of months.  Still, after a mediocre and injury filled 2007 and a tough spring, you have to hope this minor league stint puts Bailey back on track.

Aaron Harang threw six innings and he gave up three runs but those runs didn’t come until that final inning in the Reds 6-3 loss to the Blue Jays.  Bill Bray was knocked around for three runs while Jeremy Affeldt threw a shutout ninth to close the game out.

Andy Phillips singled and drove in two runs in the loss.  The Reds managed just five hits and all were singles.  Hopefully they can hit the ball better tomorrow against the Twins.  Bronson Arroyo will get the start.

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Edinson Volquez Throws Five Strong In Reds Win

It looks more and more like Edinson Volquez is going to start the season in the Reds rotation this year.  He gave up just a single run on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts in five very solid frames.  Don’t feel bad for Homer.  He’ll be back and he’s still going to turn out to be a stud on the mound. Francisco Cordero had a tough time in his inning of relief though.  He gave up two runs on three hits and a walk.

Adam Dunn walked three times while Corey Patterson doubled, drew a walk and scored twice.  Brandon Phillips singled twice, scored a run and drove in one.

Less then a week until the games really count.  Aaron Harang gets the start tomorrow in his final tune up before the Reds opener on Monday.  It’s a road game against the Jays.

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Dunn, Griffey Drive In Two Each In Reds Loss

Adam Dunn is still below the Mendoza line this spring, but he picked it up a bit today with a single and two RBIs.  Ken Griffey, Jr. was the hitting star though.  He went two for two with a double, two walks, two RBIs and two runs.  Edwin Encarnacion had the tough luck game with a trio of strikeouts in the 6-5 loss.

Bronson Arroyo lasted his six innings and while he didn’t take the loss, it was all pretty.  He gave up four runs (three earned) on six hits and two walks with three strikeouts.  Mike Lincoln took the look the loss when he gave up a pair of runs in the seventh inning.

Johnny Cueto gets the Easter start.  It’s funny how he’s pretty much a lock to make the rotation while Homer Bailey appears destined for Louisville.  It’s amazing how much difference a year could make.  Of course by May, things could be flipped back around.

Aaron Harang Throws Six Shutout Innings In Reds Win Over Pirates

Alright, it’s a win and against a divisional rival.  Aaron Harang looked very sharp with six shutout innings in which he gave up just four hits with five strikeouts.  Francisco Cordero threw a shutout ninth as he continued a solid spring.

Ken Griffey, Jr. went two for three with a run in the 5-1 win.  Brandon Phillips doubled, drove in two and scored a run while Javier Valentin singled and drove in two runs.

Bronson Arroyo gets the start tomorrow.  It’s a day game against the Rays.

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Homer Bailey Looks Sharp In Reds Shutout Loss to Twins

It’s still not a definite that Homer Bailey will be joining Jay Bruce in Louisville to start the season.  He threw four solid innings today in which he gave up just one run on three hits and two walks.  Oddly, he didn’t strike out a single batter.  Edinson Volquez continues to look sharp with two shutout innings while Jared Burton was roughed up for three runs in his single frame.

A Bruceless Reds lineup looked pretty pathetic today.  They managed just five singles, one of which was by the roadblock, Corey Patterson.  And yes, I’m bitter that Patterson is having such a good spring.  Dusty will bat him leadoff, he’ll have like a .300 OBP and then everyone will wonder why the Reds can’t get over the hump.

Adam Dunn continues his struggles. He struck out twice and his spring batting average is now down to .188.  Even worse, he left five batters on base.

Tomorrow, it’ll be the Pirates.  Oddly, the Reds have three spring games left against the Rays.  None of them are on MLB.TV. 

Bye Bye Brad

The Reds dealt relief pitcher Brad Salmon to the Royals for either a player to be named later or some moohla.  Salmon was okay in 23 games last year for the Reds and odds are, he wouldn’t have made the team.  He was able to strikeout 22 batters in 24 innings but an odd stat is, when Salmon pitched in a game for the Reds, the Reds went 3-23.  That’s more indicative of the games he was getting into then his actual ability though.

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Edinson Volquez Throws Five Shutout Innings In Reds Loss

This was a tough one.  Edinson Volquez continued to shine with six strikeouts in five shutout innings and the Reds had a 2-0 lead in the sixth inning.  From there, it went downhill.  Gary Majewski gave up three runs (to his credit, all three were unearned) while Brad Salmon was tagged for three runs in the ninth.

Ken Griffey, Jr. had a nice game with two hits and two RBIs it’s just too bad those were the lone Reds run in the 6-2 loss.  All the Reds offense could muster was six singles with just one walk.

Tomorrow, the Reds take on the Tigers.  Johnny Cueto gets the start in the afternoon affair.

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