Tag:Scott Rolen
Posted on: October 5, 2010 5:18 pm
 

Edmonds' status still in the air

Jim Edmonds The Reds aren't counting out Jim Edmonds yet.

Edmonds, who is dealing with an Achilles injury, will give the team the final word after today's workout in Philadelphia, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer writes .

If Edmonds can't go, the team will go with rookie Juan Francisco. The Reds sent first baseman Yonder Alonso home.

"[Francisco] can play more positions," manager Dusty Baker said. "If Scotty [Rolen] comes up sore or something, we've got another bona fide third baseman."

Baker said the team would go up until tomorrow's 10 a.m. deadline to set the roster.

However, outfielder Laynce Nix who missed much of the last month of the season with a sprained ankle will be on the roster and will likely start Friday against Roy Oswalt.

"He hits him better than anyone we've got," Baker said.

Nix is 9 for 17 with three doubles and two homers in his career against Oswalt.

The Reds will load up on the left-handers in the bullpen to face the Phillies, with Arthur Rhodes, Aroldis Chapman, Bill Bray and Travis Wood available in relief.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 10, 2010 11:33 pm
Edited on: August 11, 2010 12:49 am
 

Cardinals accuse Cueto of hurting 2 players

Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said backup catcher Jason LaRue suffered a concussion in Tuesday's fracas in Cincinnati.

La Russa said LaRue suffered the concussion at the feet of Reds starter Johnny Cueto, who kicked outward when he was backed up to the backstop during the near-brawl.

"I've got Cueto kicking me in the back. It's super unprofessional. I don't know where he learned how to fight," Cardinals pitcher said Chris Carpenter, who claimed he ended up with scratches on his back.

Cueto said he was just trying to escape after being pinned against the wall.

"When 15 people get over you, you get scared," he said after the game, using catcher Ramon Hernandez as a translator. "I did get nervous, a lot. I put my feet up, trying to get out of the way. I was trying to get up. My back was against the wall and I was trying to get people out of the way so I could get up."

Cueto can expect a suspension as soon as Wednesday for his role in the fracas.

Carpenter said he didn't have a problem with former teammate Scott Rolen, who grabbed him and drove him to the backstop.

"It was fine. I think Scott grabbed me and they thought we were doing something. That's when the bullrush got me. Scott was pulling me out and I was fine with that," Carpenter said. "I didn't know what happened, I felt someone grab me. Next thing you know I'm laying on the net getting kicked."

When a Reds radio network reporter said to Rolen that it looked like he was trying to serve as a peacemaker, Rolen paused and said, "That's a very friendly way of putting it. It's a very nice thing to say."

Of course, this all started Monday when Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips called the Cardinals "little bitches."

Phillips, the Reds leadoff hitter, always taps the shin guards of the opposing catcher and umpire with his bat before the game. Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina took issue with the gesture.

"The comment he made last night ... that's going to happen. If you think I'm going to be in a good mood about the comment you made last night, don't say hi to me," Molina said.

Molina then said something to Phillips, kept him from getting into the batter's box and Phillips started jawing back. Then the benches emptied, with managers Dusty Baker and Tony La Russa getting into a shouting match.

"One thing led to another and guys were chirping and some guys said be quiet and then one of their coaches told our guys to be quiet," Baker said. "I told him to be quiet and Tony told me not to talk to his coaches."

After the managers were pulled apart, the second wave went on behind them with Rolen, Carpenter and Cueto caught up in it.

No players were ejected, only the two managers.

Molina then backed up his words, hitting a home run in the second and imitating Phillips' home run trot.

Molina finished 2 for 3 with two RBI, while Phillips was 1 for 5 with an RBI and made the last out in a Reds' loss for the second consecutive night.

Afterward, Phillips didn't have much to say.

"We just lost today. Regardless of what happened, it's all about wins and losses and we got an L today," he said.

With the 8-4 win, the Cardinals take over the lead in the National League Central by percentage points over the Reds.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 10, 2010 7:30 pm
Edited on: August 10, 2010 11:07 pm
 

Benches empty in Cincinnati


Maybe the Cardinals won't let their play do their talking.

On Monday, Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips called the Cardinals "little bitches" and the Cardinals said they'd let their play do the talking.

Instead, Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina let his mouth do the talking. As Phillips went to the plate to lead off the bottom of the first, Molina impeded his way to the batter's box and started talking to Phillips. Phillips then started talking back to him and the benches cleared.

At one point, Scott Rolen, a former Cardinal, went after yesterday's starter, Chris Carpenter. Rolen drove him to the backstop, where the Reds' Tuesday starter, Johnny Cueto, was also caught up against the wall.

Both managers, Dusty Baker and Tony La Russa, were ejected, but as of now, it doesn't appear any players were tossed. The two managers were seen at one point jawing at each other, then Baker started yelling at a Cardinals player, as well. Baker and La Russa have a history, and it's not a friendly one.

Reds announcers reported nobody was hurt.

The Cardinals led 1-0.

UPDATE: Molina was talking the talk and walking the walk -- homering in the second to give St. Louis a 2-0 lead.

UPDATE: Phillips made his first mark on the field in the series with an RBI groundout in the third. Joey Votto followed with an RBI single to tie the game at 2 after three innings.

UPDATE: Cardinals win 8-4 and take over first place in the National League Central by percentage points. Milina finished 2 for 3 with two RBI. Phillips was 1 for 5 with an RBI. For the second night in a row, Phillips ended the game, this time with a groundout.

UPDATE: Dusty Baker on the Reds' postgame show said, "One thing led to another and guys were chirping and some guys said be quite and then one of their coaches told our guys to be quiet, I told him to be quiet and Tony told me not to talk to his coaches. ..."

From Molina on Fox Sports Midwest:  "What happened in the first inning, he talked bad about my team, me, he doesn't have to say hi to me. If you say something bad to me, don't say hi."

"The comment he made last night, that's going to happen. If you think I'm going to be in a good mood about the comment you made last night, don't say hi to me."

Phillips: "We just lost today. Regardless of what happened, it's all about wins and losses and we got an L today."

Reds catcher Ramon Hernandez: "Now we've got to clear our head and play baseball. .... If you hate someone, you have to go out and beat them on the field."

La Russa: "It was terrible."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 10, 2010 6:27 pm
 

Phillips stands by comments

Brandon Phillips Brandon Phillips' relationship with the Cincinnati media is kind of weird. The second baseman has a smile that plays well on TV, but can also be sullen and uncooperative when the cameras aren't around.

There are only two writers on the Reds beat that travel, and Phillips doesn't talk to either after both pointed out his lack of hustle earlier in the year and brought up previous incidents of his sometimes-lackadaisical attitude.

Anyway, that's why yesterday's comments to Hal McCoy of the Dayton Daily News (McCoy is no long a full-time employee of the Dayton paper and doesn't travel) about the Cardinals being "little bitches" took a little while to really hit the internet and clubhouse. In fact, Reds manager Dusty Baker said before Tuesday's game that he didn't know about Phillips' comments until he went home last night and heard about them on TV.

Still, Baker backed his player on Tuesday.

"You'd prefer they didn't," Baker told reporters. "But you can't put muzzles on guys."

Baker added, "A man's got to answer for himself. … Brandon knew what he was saying. That don't make it right. That was his opinion."

Tony La Russa The Cardinals, obviously, weren't happy about the comments. Tony La Russa noted the Reds have several ex-Cardinals and he's insulting them, too. That's a good lawyer trick. Phillips -- who, full disclosure time, I've had a strained relationship with over the years -- was likely talking mostly about La Russa, pitching coach Dave Duncan and Chris Carpenter, who have certainly bitched about little things in the past and have made it a game. To La Russa's credit, that game has paid off for him in the past. He's a good motivator.

As for Phillips, he didn't back off his comments. Here's what MLB.com's Mark Sheldon reports Phillips told "other reporters" since Phillips doesn't talk to Sheldon.

"The comments I said yesterday? Those were my comments," Phillips said. "It's time for us to show them we're here to stay, and here to win our division."

Phillips is a career .252/.320/.416 hitter against the Cardinals, including last night's 0-for-5 performance. Those numbers aren't too far off of his career numbers of .267/.316/.433 overall. He's having the best year of his career so far in 2010, hitting .284/.339/.456 with 14 homers and 43 RBI and a league-leading 79 runs scored, but is .260/.315/.320 with two RBI and seven runs scored in 13 games against St. Louis this season.

The Cincinnati Enquirer 's John Fay said former Cardinals Scott Rolen had this to say, "Brandon put himself out there by the way he expressed himself. Everybody in this clubhouse, including Brandon, understands that the competition is on the field."

Another teammate, Bronson Arroyo, had this to say to reporters, including Fay:

"Brandon is being Brandon," Arroyo said. "He's a mini version of T.O. and Ochcocinco. He stirs the pot. It's just what he does. Brandon thrives on that. You guys [in the media] thrive on that.

"I don't take it much serious."

Fay said several other players didn't want to talk about it, but noted it wouldn't be a problem in the clubhouse.

If the Reds win tonight, it'll likely be a dead issue -- unless Phillips comes up large. Or if the Cardinals take a shot at Phillips. The Nationals took exception to his celebration after running over catcher Wil Nieves.

At the time, Nieves said of Phillips: "He's that kind of guy that he's a good guy out of the field," Nieves told the Washington Post . "Maybe if you play with him, you like him. But if you play against him, the things he does you kind of don't like it."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 5, 2010 9:06 pm
Edited on: August 5, 2010 9:10 pm
 

Pirates manager likes Cards in NL Central race


John Russell The Pittsburgh Pirates have played back-to-back to the top two teams in the National League Central, getting swept in St. Louis and winning one of three against the Reds in Pittsburgh.

After seeing both teams up close, Pirates manager John Russell says he likes the Cardinals down the stretch. From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 's Rob Biertempfel :
"Because of the experience,” Russell said. “They’ve got a lot of guys who’ve been there and who’ve been through it. They know what to expect. They’ve got two horses in their rotation who’ve been to the playoffs and know what those games are like.”

Russell rated the teams’ bullpens as even. When it comes to bats, he gave Cards sluggers Albert Pujols and Matt Holliday an edge over the Reds’ Joey Votto and Scott Rolen. “Those two (Pujols and Holliday) have consistently shown they can put up great numbers,” Russell said.

Even with Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainwright anchoring the St. Louis rotation, Russell said Cincy’s group could be the better of the two.

“The five guys they run out there are pretty good,” Russell said. “The potential downfall is the two young guys — (Mike) Leake and (Travis) Wood. As they get close, how those guys react when it’s time to make a push for a playoff spot.
Maybe the best reason to like the Cardinals -- St. Louis has nine games remaining against Russell's Pirates to Cincinnati's three. Six of the remaining games between the Pirates and Cardinals are in Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh travels to Cincinnati the second week of September.

The Reds are 8-5 this season against the Pirates and the Cardinals are 5-1.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 17, 2010 6:46 pm
 

Reds quarantine All-Star Rolen


Reds manager Dusty Baker has quarantined third baseman Scott Rolen, who is ill and not in Saturday's lineup against the Rockies.

"He wasn't feeling well yesterday, he's feeling worse today," Baker said. "He's available only in an emergency."

Rolen was 0-for-3 in Friday's victory with two strikeouts. He wasn't at the park when the team went out for batting practice, but was expected to be at the stadium, just in case, during the game.

"We don't want it to spread to the team," Baker said. "I've seen illness spread through a team and that's one thing you don't want happening."

The All-Star third baseman is hitting .287/.360/.542 with 17 home runs and 57 RBI. He is replaced in the lineup Saturday by Miguel Cairo.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 6, 2010 1:05 am
 

Reds' Rolen says Wrigley holding back Cubs


Scott Rolen When you ask Scott Rolen a question, there's usually a pause before he starts to answer it. There's a reason -- he likes to think before he speaks.

Never is Rolen bombastic or does he seek a headline. Usually, whatever the Reds third baseman says is backed with experience and reason.

When the Reds were in Chicago, he was asked about the Cubs' ails. Here's what he told the Chicago Tribune :
"The Cubs are very limited facility-wise and that dramatically limits the work the players can do day to day," he said. "The clubhouse and weight room are significantly below par. They play a different schedule than everybody else in baseball. The day games are very hard to deal with day after day. Plus, when you have so many different starting times from 1:20 to 12:05 to 7:05 then play mostly all night games when you go on the road, I think the Cubs have their back against the wall.

"In Cincinnati we have a track to get loose on and three batting cages that a pinch hitter can use before he comes up to hit. (The Cubs) don't have anywhere for a pinch hitter to get swings in before he hits."

Rolen also told us that he believes that to win the Cubs need a younger team because of the grind of day games.

"However, with young players in a great city like Chicago, you have to make sure that you have guys who are committed to winning because the night life in Chicago can keep a player from performing at his very best," he said.
Rolen's words appparently also carry great weight with the umpires. In one of Monday's oddest plays, a Rolen strikeout was changed to a hit-by-pitch, starting a six-run Reds rally in the team's 8-6 victory over the Mets.

With the bases loaded and two strikes no outs in the fifth, New York's Mike Pelfrey threw a pitch inside to Rolen and home plate umpire Jerry Meals initially called it a foul tip, caught by the catcher for a strikeout as Rolen trotted toward first base. When Rolen noticed the runners weren't advancing, he saw that Meals had called him out.

"I said, 'if that’s your call, you got it wrong.' I wasn’t going to yell and scream.," Rolen told the Cincinnati Enquirer 's John Fay .

The umpire conferred and overturned the call, ruling the ball did indeed hit Rolen, sending him to first and breaking the 1-1 tie and leading the Reds to a win.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: July 3, 2010 1:19 am
Edited on: July 3, 2010 2:37 am
 

Hart deserving of votes in NL All-Star race

Corey Hart Now that the reaction to the latest voting of AL All-Stars is complete, we turn to the NL ...

It's hard to disagree with Albert Pujols at the top of the first base rankings. He's second in the NL in OPS, but not all that far behind Votto and has both the name recognition and defense working for him. But that Votto ranks fifth in voting indicates that not many may be fully appreciating Votto's season. After all, Troy Glaus and his .260/.364/.458 line ranks third.

Votto is at .314/.416/.579 with 19 home runs -- tied with Pujols among NL first basemen -- and has Glaus beat in almost every counting category: triples, runs, RBI, stolen bases, strike outs. The two are tied in doubles with 13 apiece, and Votto is the second-best fielder at first according to UZR/150. Glaus? Dead last. We can't even point to a big market or popular player here, really, as Glaus is in his first season with the Braves after not playing much of 2009 and Votto's more exciting given he's 26 and Glaus is on the wrong side of 30. Interesting.

At second, Chase Utley led the voting which was no surprise, but since he's out for eight weeks with surgery on his thumb, he won't be starting. The logical replacement is in fact, second in the 2B rankings with Martin Prado garnering just over 1.5 million votes. Impressive for a relative unknown, but Prado absolutely deserves the nod -- he's leading the NL in batting average at .333.

Third base has another Phillie, Placido Polando, just barely edging out David Wright. Unfortunately for Philadelphia, Polanco is shelved until late July so Wright will toe the third-base line in the first inning. The voting is close, here though: Polanco leads everyone with just under 1.5 million votes while fifth place belongs to Casey McGehee at one million. It's anyone's game between Polanco, Wright, McGehee and Chipper Jones along with Scott Rolen.

Really, it's down to Wright and Rolen as the deserving candidates. Wright playing for New York will carry him to the finish line, but he's in a virtual dead heat with Rolen. Rolen has flashed more power than Wright on the year but only barely, and Wright holds the same slim edge in UZR/150 fielding.

At shortstop, Jimmy Rollins is less than 500,000 behind leader Hanley Ramirez despite barely playing at all through the voting period. Troy Tulowitzki was a strong choice to start and currently ranks in third place with his long-term injury hampering his progress. If he hadn't gotten hurt, it would have been an interesting race between HanRam and Tulo.

At catcher, Yadier Molina has done absolutely nothing with the bat but is truly gifted with the leather. He has 1.6 million votes, edging out Brian McCann -- who leads all qualified catchers in OPS -- with ageless Ivan Rodriguez nipping at McCann's heels with 1.3 million votes. Carlos Ruiz is also over the million barrier, but is injured. Rod Barajas rounds out the voting.

Really, at catcher, it comes down to what you think is the most important. Offense or defense. It's a debate that has skewed to defense in team structure lately, but that was coming off an offensive-infested era.

In the outfield, Ryan Braun, Jason Heyward and Andre Ethier each have over two million votes apiece, and all are deserving candidates. Also extremely deserving are Jayson Werth (4th in voting), Corey Hart (unranked), Josh Willingham (unranked) and Colby Rasmus (14th). Heyward will miss the game with an injury -- even if he comes off the disabled list in time, as he says -- so Werth will probably slide into Heyward's spot.

Rasmus leads all outfielders in OPS, but was neither a minor-league phenom or someone who made waves in his rookie year last year, so it makes sense that his name isn't quite well-known yet. But it will be.

It's true that many feel Corey Hart (pictured) is a flash in the pan, but is that really a reason not to vote for him? His production is in the bank and irrevocable, and he was one of the league's best hitters. To have him unranked is a disservice, and here's hoping he at least shows up in the final vote.

-- Evan Brunell

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