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Get A Game In Philly

No one predicted the Reds to be here, not even me. I thought they would be better but not there yet. Everyone thought they didn’t have the offense to go along with their pitching. They weren’t experienced enough. They didn’t have a star.

Well they had enough offense. Cabrera, Rolen, Rhodes, and later “The Bruce Whisperer” Edmonds led the way. Joey Votto was a star and will win the NL MVP award. Aroldis Chapman provided a September boost and Bronson Arroyo was as steady as they come.
I am 19 years old, and at times over the last 10 years or so it seemed like the Reds would never make the playoffs in my lifetime. They did and they have drawn the Phillies who are widely seen as the best team in the National League.

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The pressure is on Philadelphia, not Cincinnati. And it is very important that the Reds realize this. Dusty Baker will probably remind them of this as they go out before the raucus crowd in Philadelphia. If the Reds can get game one, then the pressure will really be on the Phillies, and a lot of pressure would be taken off the Reds to be the Reds killer Roy Oswalt.
They have played Roy Halladay well this year. They beat him once, and Travis Wood took a prefect game into the 9th inning this year as he squared off against Halladay. The Reds would go on to lose that game but not until the 11th inning.
So if the Reds can get one or two in Philadelphia, they will be able to come ome to Cincinnati with a chance to finish off the series. The Cincinnati fans will be fired up for something they havent had in 15 years. 
The Reds may be a long shot to actually pull it off, but man, IM FIRED UP!!
Go Reds! Beat the Phillies!
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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

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!!

Reinstate Mr. Rose!!

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!!

July Trade Rumors: Reds, White Sox, Cards, A’s, Nationals

The Reds recently were trying hard to aquire former Indians utilityman Mark DeRosa. However, he was traded to the Cardinals before a deal could be agreed upon.The Reds are still searching hard for another bat as the trade deadline is about a month away.
Buster Olney repots that two possible options are Matt Holliday of the A’s and Jermaine Dye of the White Sox. Both would be the right handed power bat the Reds crave for their outfield.
Jermaine Dye.jpgThe catch is that the Reds have been contacting these teams saying that they really don’t have a lot of money to spend, so the other team in the deal would have to pay 5 or 6 million of Holliday or Dye’s remaining contract this season. This would mean the Reds have to give up more or better prospects.
Another less pricey option would be the Nationals Josh Willingham who many teams have contacted the Nationals about.
The Reds were 8-13 with Votto out but now that he is back he has picked up right where he left off batting .320 with 1 HR and 4RBI. Go Reds!!!

Staying Power?

If the Reds are going to continue to play good baseball and put more wins on the board there are four small keys to the Reds success that aren’t necessarily just hitting the ball well.
1. Pitch well and Pitch Efficiently- Johnny Cueto and Edinson Volquez have been pitching well along with Aaron Harang. Volquez and Cueto have cut down on their pitch counts so far this year which has allowed them to go deeper into ballgames. Cueto Volquez Rookies.jpgThe Reds lead the National League with six shutouts already. The Reds last had over twelce shutouts in 2003.
The Reds offense has been lethargic at points this year so continuing to dominate teams with good starting pitching and then with Arthur Rhodes and Coco Cordero will be key. Cordero is 9 for 9 in save opportunities this year.
2. Turn the Lineup Over- At the beginning of the season the Reds 7,8,9 hitters were not getting on base and not able to flip the lineup to get back to the likes of Taveras, Votto, and Phillips at the top of the order.
Taveras Votto.jpgIt is important to be able to clear the pitcher when the fifth or sixth man in the order leads off the inning. One or two batters need to get on so the pitcher does not have to lead off the next inning as an automatic out. Taveras or Hairston are by far better leading off an inning and giving the Reds a chance to score.
3. Use the Run Game- Willie Taveras is getting the job done at the top of the Reds order, and he is followed up by Chris Dickerson or Jerry Hairston Jr. All three can run the base paths well. When these guys get on, they can create scoring chances with their legs if they can get to second and get themselves into scoring position. Taveras has 6 SB’s so far this season and may want ot run a little more. Dickerson.jpgThe Reds are 9th in the National League in stolen bases so far, so Taveras and others could run a little more. Especially with Votto batting behind them, as he is batting over .400 with runners in scoring position this year.
4. Take the Fight to the Other Team-The Reds have a very good record when scoring first this year and have not lost when they have gotten a three run or more lead.  The pitching staff also needs to continue to attack hitters. They have given up 115 walks so far this season and need to put more hitters away when they get ahead as that number is 7th best in the NL. When runners get on the Reds need to get ’em over and get ’em in. That is a cliched phrase but with less power than Reds teams past, playing a more aggressive strategic game is important.
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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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