Tagged: Baker

Reds Hitters Fantasy Preview

The Reds have some pretty good fantasy players this year, headlined by Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips, and then Jay Bruce.
Also can guys like Chris Heisey and Drew Stubbs emerge to be strong fantasy players? I think so.
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Here’s a quick look at what I think the numbers of the currents Reds would look like if the team’s roster remains the same.  I’m using the 5 statistical categories for most fantasy leagues (AVG, RUN, HR, RBI, SB)

C- Ramon Hernandez 130 games .267 BA 16 HRs 44 runs 63 RBI 1 steal

C- Ryan Hanigan 45 games .271 BA 4 HRs 15 runs 15 RBI 0 steals

1B- Joey Votto 145 games .317 BA 28 HRs 81 runs 108 RBI 9 steals

2B- Brandon Phillips 155 games .276 BA 23 HRs 84 runs 96 RBI 25 steals

3B- Scott Rolen 130 games .288 BA 15 HRs 63 runs 67 RBI 4 steals

SS-Orlando Cabrera- 154 games .281 BA 14 HR 78 Runs 60 RBI 16 steals

SS- Paul Janish 125 games .240 BA 9 HRs 50 runs 38 RBI 4 steals

RF- Jay Bruce 155 games .282 BA 31 HRs 72 runs 88 RBI 8 steals

CF- Drew Stubbs 141 games .260 BA 9 HRs 85 runs 41 RBI 33 steals

LF- Chris Heisey 120 games .278 BA 14 HRs 58 runs 48 RBI 15 steals

LF- Chris Dickerson- 70 games .262 BA 7 HRs 38 runs 31 RBI 10 steals

The left field spot can be hard to predict. I honestly like Chris Heisey to beat out Chris Dickerson and Laynce Nix who I see as the other two primary contendors. Heisey has great potential and has hit at every level in the minors and could be a nice pickup mid season off the waiver wire for some owners in deep leagues.
Less than a week until Spring Training!! Go Reds

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A Problem at the Top

When you lose 14 of 15 games and are currently on an eight game skid, you have problems. Lets flashback to mid-May. The Reds were 6 games over .500 and had just swep the Arizona Diamondbacks in Arizona. Willie Taveras was batting .319 and the Reds pitching staff had the second lowest ERA in the National League. Now it has all evaporated.
Dusty Baker.jpgI dont are how many injuries you have. If you lose 14 of 15, you have a problem at the top, and I mean Dusty Baker, Dick Pole, and Brook Jacoby. Dick Pole needs to be let go since we have seen the pitching staff completely implode. They seem to be getting worse instead of better, and no adjustments have been made by the pitchers. They seem to be coming into games with no gameplan.
Brook Jacoby…maybe you can blame the Reds anemic offense on injuries, but the hitters could still be better. They are extremely impatient at the plate. They hack and hack until they get themselves out.
And Dusty…I’m sorry. I’ve been defending him all season but losing 14 of 15 is pathetic and the clubhouse has obviously gotten stale . I think the team could use a new face. With some youthful enthusiasm who is a MOTIVATOR!!
I have no answers. I have no idea what has happened to this team. Maybe someone else knows because I sure don’t.
However, Go Reds!

Pete Rose, a Baseball Hero

Hit King.jpgIt seems as if Bud Selig and Major League Baseballl might finally be coming to their senses. Sportscenter reported this morning that Bud Selig might finally be nearing a decision to reinstate Pete Rose.
It seems to me that Pete Rose represents the biggest folly in baseball history. There has never been anyone play the game harder than Pete Rose. No one has ever done more with lesser talent. He was a winner. He demanded 100% from himself and in turn demanded it of everyone else around him. If a runner needed to be moved over, he got him over. Runner on third less that 2 outs; that run got in. The Big Red Machine could be renamed the Pete Rose Machine.
He and Sparky Anderson accepted nothing less than the best.
Pete Rose never juiced up, never took HGH, never took a play off, never cheated the game he loved so much. He played the game clean and came out as baseball’s best hitter ever.
However, Pete Rose has served a 20 year ban. A 20 year sentence for betting on baseball. Let me be clear! Betting on the game was wrong. But to ban him and take him away from the game he gave so much to for 20 years, is an outrage. It is a disaster. He played the game 100% clean yet served a 20 year ban when steroid users are only getting a slap on the wrist 50 game suspension.BarryBonds.jpg
Commisioner Selig, think about this situation. Pete Rose deserves a front and center plaque in baseball’s hall of fame.
Pete Rose gave baseball and its fans years of excitment and dedication, and baseball has given him nothing back. Administering such a harsh punishment to Pete Rose while giving steroid users little more than a slap on the wrist ought to be seen as a dark spot in baseball’s history.
He taught so many of us how to play the game and was a role model for so many as he was a self made player. Rose gave anything to win. He like others is human and made a mistake, but he gave his life for baseball and would have never cheated the game like some players today.
Mr. Selig, you have a chance to right this disaster and take a stand. To me and many other baseball fans: PETE ROSE IS BASEBALL!!! Let’s get him in the hall of fame!!

The Newest Tony Perez and A Hint to Reds Fans

Joey Votto is back and still swinging. Votto hardly missed a beat when he came back after his month layoff. Votto is collected 18 hits over his last 10 games.
Tony Perez.jpgVotto’s success has me comparing him to Big Red Machine great Tony Perez. He and Perez spray the ball all over the field, banging the ball off the wall. Neither were “home run hitters” but they are such good hitters they still hit the ball out of the ballpark. Why is no one talking about Votto as an ALL STAR SNUB. I know he was hurt but he is batting .364!! How can you ignore that from a guy whether he has played 2 months or 3 months.

Also Reds fans: Take a hint. Lay off Dusty Baker. A recent commenter off a reds.com news release said the following:

Dusty Baker is clueless and has to go! I feel better now that I’ve
finally said it. I’ve said before on here that we should only pitch to
Pujols if we are up 5 runs or down 5 runs. Otherwise he should be
walked every time he steps to the plate. Some reasons Baker must go: 1.
Continuing to pitch to Pujols 2. Using a DH for Owings rather than any
one of our position players who are hitting under .240 3. Batting
Taveras at lead off 4. Letting Taveras play at all 4. Pitching Weathers
against Pujols…duh 5. An entire team that lacks fundamentals
(bunting, moving runners, patience at the plate, etc…) 6. Thinking
that Corey Patterson had major league talent 7. Playing Hernandez over
Hannigan 8. Playing Hairston over Janish 9. Not demanding that we keep
Keppinger 10. Pitching to Pujols yet again…. arrgghhhhh!!!!

I cannot disagree with the first reason, but Albert Pujols is the best hitter ever in my opinion. As far as the second reason, everytime a pinch hitter comes into the game, he is not going to get a hit and when that player does get out Dusty Baker is not to blame! Willie Taveras ought to bat first or second. He is just in a slump let him get out of it. 
For the fourth reason, this commenter is just ridiculous, Taveras might be the fastest person in the game. As for the commenters second number four (impressive) NO ONE has good numbers against Pujols. No matter who you bring in, Pujols still has a great chance getting a hit.
Fifth, the team is getting better defensively and is near the top in the NL in sacrificesSixth, Baker was not the idiot who signed Corey Patterson, after all he does have big league talent (or used to) as he was once another top Cubs prospect. Seventh, both are great talents and deserve to play (no argument there).
Hairston over Janish?? Come on Janish bobbled the ball that loaded the bases before Pujols hit the grand slam. That would have been the third out. Jeff Keppinger is an average utility man . And you have to pitch to Pujols with the bases loaded.

Reds fans need to chill. Dusty is not the one out there not hitting. That is on the players. The Reds need to add another bat and with more talent, Baker can lead any team to the playoffs.
Ill give Walt Jocketty a hint on a bat to add. (see below). GO REDLEGS!!
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Top Tier Staff

There are few pitching staffs in baseball better top to bottom than the Cincinnati Reds. As a 12 man pitching staff, there is no doubt in my mind that the Reds have one of the best staffs in the NL. Walt Jocketty and Dusty Baker both share the belief that teams may have a better one or two than the Reds top men, but few teams are better from one to twelve.
The Reds starting rotation has depth like the Reds haven’t had in years. I will bet anyone Aaron Harang will return to the Harang of 2, 3 and 4 years ago. The sky is the limit for Volquez and Cueto and Arroyo is one of the more underappreciated pitchers in the league. And Micah Owings, having won the 5th starters spot has great talent and just has to find consistency for a whole season which is easier said than done.
The Reds have depth as well in the bullpen. Two good lefties are down there for Dusty Baker: Arthur Rhodes and Bill Bray. arthur rhodes.jpgRhodes was a nice signing by the Reds this offseason to give the Reds plenty of options. Also in the pen is bright young star, Jared Burton and David Weathers. Burton is the guy who will get the ball in the eighth inning to get the ball to Fransisco Cordero to lock it down in the ninth. Burton finished last year with a 3.22 ERA after bursting on to the scene the year before with a 2.51 ERA. An interesting stat is that when Burton came in in the 8th inning last year and the Reds had the lead, the Reds lost only once. Cordero saved all but 2 games last year when Burton came in before him.
The wild card of the staff is Cueto though. He showed flairs of greatness last year like when he started the season off with a 10 K performance. Keeping pitch counts down and attacking the hitters when he gets ahead will be keys to his success. Go Reds! Its Skyline time! Feel free to comment
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Best of Luck to Ken Griffey Jr.

I want to wish Ken Griffey Jr. the best of luck this season in Seattle.
His years in Cincinnati went through highs and lows but I am most proud
that Griffey, while on the Reds, always played the game the right way.
He went through so many injuries he could have easily succomb to the pressure to use a banned substance.
He never did and lost a lot of time on the field because of it but to me his 600 home runs are twice as historic and memorable as Bonds 750+ home runs. I hope he has a great season this year in Seattle and I hope he stays healthy. I was sad to see Griffey go but I agree that the Reds needed to move the team in a different direction.
Good Luck Griffey!!
Always a Red
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Jocketty, young players etc.

Let me clear up just a few things that I said toward the end of last year on this blog. I was fairly ********** when I wrote some entries last year.
I would like to rescind a couple of statements:
Walt Jocketty is a GOOD GM not a bad one like I said. He did a great job filling holes this offseason.
The Reds have a very strong minor league system now thanks to some good work in this last 5 or 6 years to improve there (Wayne Krivsky actually helped a lot in this department).
The rotation ought to be:
1. Harang
2. Volquez
3. Arroyo
4. Cueto
5. Bailey (or Owings would be fine)
I am glad Corey Patterson is long gone!
I am optimistic and do not really think the Reds are the worst directed team in baseball. I like the current ownership and Baker and Jocketty.
The worst directed team, I would say, is the Nationals (Former GM Jim Bowden is a killer to any organization).
Go Reds!!!