Tag:Reds
Posted on: June 11, 2010 1:12 am
Edited on: April 18, 2011 12:33 pm
 

Are interleague 'rivalries' still relevant?


Interleague play opens up again Friday and yet again I'm underwhelmed by the Reds-Royals, Mets-Orioles and Pirates-Tigers.

But it's not just those mashups of also-rans that have begun to bore -- anyone excited for Cubs-White Sox? A's-Giants? Dodgers-Angels? Aren't those the reasons we're still stuck with a bastardized schedule? OK, it's Mets-Yankees and nothing else.

Every time this argument comes up, we're pointed toward interleague attendance numbers, without noting that most of those dates are summer nights on the weekend -- nights when teams would draw regardless of the visiting Royals or Pirates.

So what's on tap this weekend for our interleague overlords?

White Sox at Cubs: Nurse that hangover from the Blackhawks parade at Wrigley. What does it say that the NHL in June will overshadow one of the prime interleague matchups? Everything, really.

Astros at Yankees: Loser has to claim Roger Clemens?

• Mets at Orioles: When the Wilpons and Peter Angelos get together, there are no winners. Really.

• Pirates at Tigers: Well, there will be two nice looking uniforms on display.

Nationals at Indians: Yes, they're going to play twice before Steven Strasburg pitches. But one relevant game out of three ain't bad.

• Royals at Reds: The first-place Reds 24th in home attendance. There's only one way to solve that -- a visit by the Royals.

Phillies at Red Sox: OK, I'll admit, this should be a good series. Boston plays in front of sold-out crowds every night, so it's not like this is going to help the gate.

Braves at Twins: Two of the best debuts of 2010 (non-Strasnurg division), Target Field and Jason Heyward meet.

Rangers at Brewers: Does any argument about interleague play hold up when it involves the Brewers?

Blue Jays at Rockies: I got nothing... Blue Jays. Rockies. That's enough.

Mariners at Padres:
Two great ballparks, two awesome cities, one good team.

Angels at Dodgers: If you live in Southern California and want to see the Angels, you've got 81 chances.

• A's at Giants: See above, substitute "Southern" for "Northern."

Oh, the excitement.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 10, 2010 4:13 pm
Edited on: June 10, 2010 6:58 pm
 

Rhodes keeps rolling


Reds reliever Arthur Rhodes just finished a scoreless outing of 1 2/3 innings against the Giants, extending his scoreless streak to 24 2/3 innings. Rhodes has an ERA of 0.34.

As John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer points out via Twitter , it's the longest scoreless streak by a Reds reliever since John Franco's 27 1/3-inning streak in 1988. Today's outing was Rhodes' longest since also going 1 2/3 for Seattle on May 1, 2008.

Rhodes, 40, is the fifth-oldest player in the National League, and he could be headed for his first All-Star selection in his 20th major league season.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: June 9, 2010 8:25 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:12 pm
 

Familiar surnames in draft


Through 50 rounds of the MLB Draft, several familiar names -- or at least last names -- are picked . Among those kin to current or former big-leaguers drafted:

• Delino Deshields Jr. (1st round, Astros), son of Delino Deshields.
• Cam Bedrosian (1st round, Angels), son of Steve Bedrosian.
• Kellen Sweeney (2nd round, Blue Jays), brother of Mark Sweeney.
• Mel Rojas Jr. (3rd round, Pirates), son of Mel Rojas.
• Cory Vaughn (4th round, Mets), son of Greg Vaughn.
• James Baldwin III (4th round, Dodgers), son of James Baldwin.
• Dickie Thon Jr. (5th round, Blue Jays), son of Dickie Thon.
• Connor Narron (5th round, Orioles), son of Jerry Narron.
• Drew Cisco (6th round, Reds), grandson of Galen Cisco.
• Patrick Leyland (8th round, Tigers), son of Jim Leyland.
• Benjamin Gamel (9th round, Yankees), brother of Mat Gamel.
• JaDamion Williams (10th round, Twins), son of Reggie Williams.
• Reggie Williams Jr. (10th round, Cardinals), son of Reggie Williams.
• Hunter Jones (11th round, Indians), son of Tracy Jones.
• Josh Magee (18th round, Astros), son of Wendell Magee.
• Dillon Moyer (22nd round, Twins), son of Jamie Moyer.
• Ozney Guillen (22nd round, White Sox), son of Ozzie Guillen.
• Mark Tracy (22nd round, Rockies), son of Jim Tracy.
• Bryan Harper (28th round, Cubs), brother of Bryce Harper.
• Brett Bochy (30th round, Giants), son of Bruce Bochy.
• Benito Santiago Jr. (31st round, Cubs), son of Benito Santiago.
• Andy Fermin (32nd round, Blue Jays), son of Felix Fermin.
• Devon Ethier (32nd round, Dodgers), brother of Andre Ethier.
• Logan Thompson (33rd round, Indians), son of Robby Thompson.
• Andrew Benes (35th round, Cardinals), son of Andy Benes, nephew of Alan Benes.
• Bobby Geren (36th round, A's), son of Bob Geren.
• Jake May (39th round, Reds), grandson of Lee May.
• Bo McClendon (39th round, Tigers), son of Lloyd McClendon.
• John Franco (42nd round, Mets), son of John Franco.
• Chad Wallach (43rd round, Dodgers), son of Tim Wallach.
• Benjamin Verlander (46th round, Tigers), brother of Justin Verlander.
• Joesph Jackson (50th round, Royals), great-great-grandnephew of "Shoeless" Joe Jackson.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 9, 2010 6:39 pm
Edited on: June 9, 2010 6:50 pm
 

Suspended Volquez to start rehab assignment

Reds starter Edinson Volquez, currently serving a 50-game suspension, will start Saturday for the Lychburg Hillcats as part of a rehabilitation assignment, according to MLB.com's Mark Sheldon .

The suspension, for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance in violation of Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, will not impact his ability to play in minor league games. Volquez, an All-Star in 2008, underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow on Aug. 3, 2009. Volquez has not thrown in a game since last June.

Although he's suspended for testing positive for PEDs, Volquez was allowed to continue his rehab at the Reds' facilities in Goodyear, Ariz., and will be eligible to return from his suspension next week, although his rehab will likely take longer than that.

Volquez could be used as a reliever upon his return to help the Reds' ailing bullpen or he could return later and take some of the pressure off of rookie starter Mike Leake, who has already thrown 73 innings this season, more than half of the 142 innings he threw at Arizona State last season. Leake bypassed the minor leagues and the Reds are closely monitoring his pitch counts and the number of innings he's thrown.

Another Reds starter, Homer Bailey, started for Triple-A Louisville on Tuesday night and could return for his spot in the rotation on Sunday aganst the Royals. Reds manager Dusty Baker told reporters before the game that no decision has been made on Sunday's starter. If Bailey isn't ready, Sam LeCure will start against Kansas City's Zack Grienke.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 8, 2010 6:44 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:30 am
 

Grandal had no pre-draft deal


Leading up to Monday night's first round of the MLB Draft, AOL Fanhouse's Frankie Piliere reported that there was a deal done between Miami catcher Yasmani Grandal and the Kansas City Royals. By Monday, word was the Royals weren't taking Grandal and when the picked fourth, they took Cal State Fullerton shortstop Christian Colon.

Grandal went 12th to the Cincinnati Reds.

On Tuesday, Grandal told reporters in Cincinnati, “I didn’t have any pre-draft deals. I had no clue what was going on. I don’t know where the rumor started. I didn’t speak the Royals or anybody.”

Grandal also denied reports that he was seeking "Buster Posey money" and he had signability issues.

"For the Reds to give me an opportunity, to be picked in the first round, it’s just great. I’m ready to go," Grandal said.

Grandal was 1-for-3 with two RBI in Miami's 10-3 victory over Texas A&M on Tuesday.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans



Posted on: June 8, 2010 4:22 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:24 am
 

Harper among Golden Spikes finalists

Last night's No. 1 pick, Bryce Harper, is up for another honor, although one much less lucritive: the Golden Spikes Award, givien to the nation's top collegiate player.

Harper is one of five finalists, and the only junior college player honored.

The other four players named as finalists by USA Baseball are Central Florida infielder/outfielder Chris Duffy, Miami catcher Yasmani Grandal, left-hander Drew Pomeranz of Ole Miss and Florida Gulf Coast lefty Chris Sale. Duffy is the only one not to be drafted in the first 13 picks.

Pomeranz went fifth overall to the Indians, Grandal 12th to Cincinnati and Sale 13th to White Sox.

Keeping with the siliness of the era, USA Baseball is opening up voting to fans at www.GoldenSpikesAward.com .

-- C. Trent Rosecrans


Posted on: June 8, 2010 2:03 pm
Edited on: June 8, 2010 2:18 pm
 

Rose legacy takes another hit


A detailed investigation by Barry Petchesky of Deadspin.com indicates that Pete Rose used corked bats during his 1985 chase for baseball's all-time hits record.

A photo accompanying the story shows an X-ray of a game-used bat with a clear area of foreign material about six inches long in the barrel. The bat is purportedly part of a batch of about 30 Mizuno bats Rose had specially made for him in 1985, when he was player-manager of the Reds and chasing down Ty Cobb's record of 4,191 hits.

Bat-corking is intended to make a bat lighter without a sacrifice in power. The practice is called "corking" even though various materials have been used to fill hollowed-out spaces over the years. The benefit corking has been widely debated and tested, and the results indicate that the edge is dubious at best. In fact, a 2007 experiment by the TV show Mythbusters showed that corking actually causes a notable decrease in how far a ball will travel off a bat (video here ). Any benefit is probably mental.

Nevertheless, it's explicitly against the rules. It has never been clear how widespread corking is, and only six players have been disciplined for the practice: Graig Nettles, Billy Hatcher, Albert Belle, Chris Sabo, Wilton Guerrero and Sammy Sosa. Rose has repeatedly denied corking his bat and challenged anyone to produce a bat he used that was corked (he didn't respond to Deadspin's requests for comment). Of course, Rose repeatedly denied betting on baseball, too, until he figured out he could benefit from admitting it.

The point isn't whether altered bats helped Rose get the hits record. The point is that, if this report is true, Rose knowingly cheated. The Hall of Fame looks further away than ever.

-- David Andriesen, CBSSports.com


Category: MLB
Tags: Pete Rose, Reds
 
Posted on: June 7, 2010 11:07 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:30 am
 

Cueto victimized by bullpen

If not for his bullpen, the Reds' Johnny Cueto could be the second 10-game winner of the season. Instead, Cueto has five victories and the victim of five blown saves.

Accoding to Elias Sports Bureau, the five "blown wins" are the most of any starter in the big leagues.

Cueto, 5-1 with a 4.25 ERA, didn't have one of his better outings on Monday, allowing 10 hits and four runs in six innings and actually left the gmae down 4-3, but was lifted for pinch-hitter Miguel Cairo, whose two-out RBI single put him in line for the win.

The Giants, though, answered with two runs off of lefty Daniel Ray Herrera to take back the lead.

Cueto had notched victories in his last four outings.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

 
 
 
 
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