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Reds Season Winding Down

Another year, another season lost. The Reds season is winding down and despite having some nice additions, it’s just more of the same. The Reds won’t finish in last, but they definitely won’t be finishing in first and once again, we’re looking at a losing season. Brandon Phillips had another outstanding year that got cut short because of an injury and guys like Joey Votto, Jay Bruce, Edinson Volquez and Johnny Cueto all make the Reds future bright. Now it’s just a matter of getting it done. So I’ll be watching the Reds final few games, but it’s the future I’m most interested in knowing about. I know the content this year was spotty, but I’m hoping to work on that. It wasn’t that long ago that the Cutting Edge was just that and I’m hoping to have a productive offseason to put the site back on the map.

One of my business trips took me down to good ole Columbus, Ohio where I ran into (almost literally) Baseball Rampage, a very cool retailer of baseball equipment, including baseball bats. And don’t feel like you need to go all the way down (over over, or up depending on where you’re at) to Columbus to visit the place because they have an awesome website to go along with their very cool store. Of course you won’t be able to try out the bat in their batting cage, but you can still get what you want from a place that really knows what it’s selling.



Thank You Adam Dunn

It’s really a kick in the you know what when your favorite player gets traded. Anyway, the Reds did the inevitable and dealt Adam Dunn today. Griffey is gone and now Dunn and the team once again underachieved. I’m not set to defect and become a Diamondbacks fan, but I’ll be following Adam throughout his career and I wish him the best. Heck, he’s getting out of Dodge and if things go right, he’s going to be in the playoffs for the first time.



Adam Dunn Drives In Five

Yeah, I know, it’s been a while.  And the help is dropping the ball too.  That’s what you get when you work for a big time corporation.  I wonder when I’m going to start getting paid.  Maybe when I write consistently for a decent period of time.

The Reds playoff chances are about nil (no, really, the chances are less then 1%) but that doesn’t stop them from keeping on the good fight.  Adam Dunn belted his 29th homerun and we may yet get to see him hit 50.  You just wonder what team those last 20 or so will be for.  He also drove in five and while his batting average is still below .240, he’s well on his way to another 40 homer, 100 walk, 100 run (okay, he might fall short with the runs) and 100 RBI season.  He also has a good shot at breaking his career .956 OPS mark.

And what about Edinson Volquez.  The last time the Reds had a Cy Young winner was, well, never.  Wow, the Reds have never had a Cy Young winner.  Then again, if you look at their Hall of Famers, most of them are position players and a lot of the ones that made it into the Hall only played with the Reds for a short time.

Next up for Cincy are the Rockies.  Hey, they’re worse then we are.  I like our chances this weekend.



Reds take all 4 vs. Nationals

The Reds finished off the final game of the 4 game series against the Washington Nationals, 6-5. The final win gives the Reds a complete 4 game sweep. They now look at a record of 43-47 but continue to sit near the bottom of the NL Central.

Adam Dunn had the best game for the Reds going 1-for-4 including a 3 run homer in the 4th inning. He now has a batting average of .228 with a total of 22 homers for the year. Catcher  David Ross also had a solid game going 1-for-2 with 1 RBI and a run scored. He now has a batting average of .245 with a total of 8 RBI this season. Jerry Hairston went 2-for-5 with 2 RBI.

Edinson Volquez took the mound for the Reds and played well once again. He worked 6 innings allowing just 5 hits, 3 runs and striking out 3. He earned the win bringing his record to 11-3 this season with a 2.36 ERA. He was chosen for the All-star team because of how well he has been playing this season. Congrats… Francisco Cordero came in to close out the game and did just that getting his 18th save of the season.

Not a bad series for the Reds hopefully they can get things together and bring themselves back into the NL Central race. They will now get a day off on Monday and will face the Cubs on Tuesday.



Reds Drop Game 3, but Take Series

Cincinnati lost the final game of the scheduled 3 game series against the New York Yankess on Sunday, 4-1. The Reds did take the series though winning it 2 games to 1. They now look at a record of 35-42 but still sit at the bottom of the NL Central.

The offense seemed to struggle in the final game after looking good in the previous 2. Ken Griffey Jr. played well for the Reds in game 3 going 1-for-3 getting his 8 homer of the season. He now has his batting average at .249 with a total of 32 RBI. He was the only source of runs for the Reds. Brandon Phillips had a solid game but didn’t get the chance to drive in any runs. He went 2-for-3 and now has a batting average of .271.  Joey Votto also collected 2 hits going 2-for-4.

Johnny Cueto took the mound for the Reds and pitched a solid game. He worked 5 innings allowing 4 hits, 1 run and 7 strike outs. Despite his strong play he failed to get his 6th win of the season. He now has a record of 5-8 with the loss and an ERA of 5.01. The next 3 relievers that came in for work didn’t play quite as well as Cueto. Combinded they allowed 7 hits, 3 runs, and 1 walk. The poor play by relievers closed the deal on the Reds coming back.

Not a good finale for the Reds but a strong series against the powerful Yankees. They will now get a day off on Monday and begin a series against the Toronto Blue Jays.



Dodgers Take All 3 vs. Reds

Cincinnati dropped all 3 games in the series against the LA Dodgers. The final loss of the series makes it 5 losses in a row for the Reds. They now look at a record of  33-41 and continue to round out the bottom of the NL Central.

The offense had a solid game for Cincy but it wasn’t enough. They recorded a 4 run 7th inning to get themselves back into the game but they were already down 6 runs. Brandon Phillips led the way for the Reds despite the losing effort. He went 2-for-5 with 2 RBI. He has his batting average up to .268 with a total of 41 RBI. Paul Bako also chipped in for an RBI going 1-for- with a run scored. His batting average now stands at .241 with 21 RBI.

Aaron Harang took the mound for the Reds and had an okay afternoon. He worked 5 innings allowing 10 hits, 5 runs, all earned, 3 walks and 2 Ks. He was given the loss for his effort bringing his record to 3-10 with a 4.33 ERA. The next 4 relievers that came in had better luck as they only allowed a combined 4 hits, and 2 runs. They struck out 4 as well but were unable to keep the Dodgers down.

A terrible series for the Reds as they once again lose a series. They will now open up a set with the New York Yankees on Friday.



Red Sox Take Weekend Series Over Reds

The Reds dropped the final game of the 3 game series with the Boston Red Sox over the Weekend. The Sox took the series 2 game to 1. The Reds now look at a 33-38 record and continue to sit at the bottom of the NL Central.

Game 3 of the series went to the Red Sox in a blowout victory going 9-0. The offense for the Reds was a complete non-factor only getting half as many hit that the Sox produced. The only effective hitter for the Reds came from  Joey Votto who went 3-for-4 including a his 14th double of the year but he didn’t get any help as none of his teammates could drive him home. On Bostons side they hit 4 homers off Cincy pitching and were pretty much getting anything they wanted. Crisp, Ellsbury, Drew and Pedroia all went deep for the Sox and put the Reds out of the game from the get go.

Homer Bailey took the mound for the Reds and was absolutely dominated by Boston bats. He worked just 2.1 innings allowing 4 hits, 5 runs, all earned and 3 homers. He was given the loss for the game bringing his record to 0-3 with 8.76 ERA. The next few relievers that entered the game didn’t have any better luck as they pitched a combined 8 hits and 4 runs. Josh Beckett took the mound for the Red Sox and dominated the Reds working 7 innings allowing 6 hits, 0 runs and 6 strike outs. His record now stands at 7-4 with a 3.87 ERA.

A series victory over the defending champs would have been nice but the way the Reds have been playing lately we couldn’t have expected much. They will need to get things going if they want to make their mark in the NL Central. Cincy will now open up a series with the  Dodgers on Tuesday after their day off on Monday.

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Reds Take Final Game of Series vs. Cards

Cincinnati took the final game of the 3 game series against the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday 6-2. The Cards did take the series though winnning 2 out of the 3 games. They now look at a record of 32-36 but continue to sit in the bottom of the NL Central.

The win was pushed by the strong effort of Brandon Phillips who went 1-for-3 with 3 RBI. He now has his batting average up to .269 with a total of 38 RBI. Bronson Arroyo also had a good game at the plate going 2-for-2 including a homer in the 5th inning. His season total sits at 1 and his batting average is at .176. Griffey also pitched in with an RBI going 0-for-2 with 1 RBI and a run scored. He was also walked twice and he has his RBI total up to 30.

Bronson Arroyo took the mound for the Reds and pitched a solid game. He worked 6 innings allowing just 2 hits, 0 runs and 4 K’s. He didn’t earn the win for his strong effort because even though they were in the lead when he left the game, it was eventually tied in the 7th inning. Jared Burton did receive the win though going 1.2 innings deep giving up just 1 hits and striking out 2. His record now stands at 3-1 with an ERA of 2.62.

Not a bad game for the Reds but it would have been nice to see them get the win for starter Bronson Arroyo. They will now open up a series with the Boston Red Sox over the weekend.

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Back-to-Back Losses vs. Cards

The Reds lost their 2nd game in a row against the St. Louis Cardinals in blowout fashion going down 10-0. The back-to-back losses bring the Reds season record to 31-36 and drops their home record to 19-12.

The offense was completely out of this game from the get go as the Cards produced a 5 run 1st inning and they never looked back. Cincy only recorded 3 hits for the game coming from Bruce, Jannish and Griffey Jr. Griffeys hit was a double giving him 14 for the year and bringing his batting average to .258. The hit Jay Bruce recorded brings his batting average to a strong .381.

Johnny Cueto was given the start and pitced a shaky 5 innings. In that time he allowed 5 hits, 6 runs, all earned, 8 walks and 2 homers. He was given the loss for his effort bringing his record to 5-6 with a 5.42 ERA.  Daniel Herrera came in to get some relief work and also had a rough showing. He worked 2 innings giving up 4 hits, 4 runs, 3 earned and 1 homer as his ERA climbed up to 9.00.

A very ugly game for the Reds as they were never even in contention for the victory. They will play game 3 on  Thrusday looking to get a win in the final game of the series.



Series Split with Marlins

Cincinnati won the final game of the 4 game series with the Florida Marlins on Monday, 9-4. The win gives the Reds a road victory that they desperately needed making their road record 12-24. They now look at a season record of 31-4 but they continue to bottom out in the NL Central.

The Reds offense is really the force that pushed them by the Marlins to get the victory. Ken Griffey Jr. had a strong game for the Reds going 1-for-4 including a homer with 2 RBI and a run scored. He now has his batting average up to .260 with a total of 7 home runs. Paul Bako had a great gamegoing 2-for-4 with 5 RBI and a run scored. He went deep 2 time once in the 2nd and again in the 9th. His home run total is now up to 6 with 20 RBI. Brandon Phillips also played well going 2-for-5 wth 1 RBI and a run scored. He hit a homer as well getting his 12th of the year.

Edinson Volquez took the mound for the Reds and pitched a very good game. He worked 6 innings allowing 3 hits, 3 runs all earned and 5 K’s. He earned the win for his club bringing his record to 9-2 with a 1.56 ERA. The next 4 relievers that entered the game only allowed just 2 hits and 1 run. They also struck out 3 batters during their time in the game.

A good game for the Reds that gets them back on the winning track. Hopefully they can put together a few more wins to get them at the .500 mark. They will get that chance against the Cardinals on Tuesday.



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