Tagged: Aroldis Chapman

Leveraging Non-Closers Rotoworld

Aroldis Chapman is mentioned in this one. The rest of the Reds bullpen should be mentioned in this as potential helpers, like Mr. Broxton.

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via Leveraging Non-Closers Rotoworld.


What is under the Christmas Tree this year Walt?

It is that time once again when Cincinnati Reds fans wait to see what happens after MLB Winter Meetings. The last two years have been good to us around this time with trades for Shin-Soo Choo, Mat Latos and Sean Marshall. What will be under the Christmas tree this year for Reds fans? Only time will tell and I am very excited to see what happens next.

There have been a lot of rumors lately with 2B Brandon Phillips being traded. Along with RHP Homer Bailey (which Walt Jocketty shot down saying they were trying to re-sign him, not trade him.) Aroldis Chapman has even been thrown into some of the trade rumors, along with Sean Marshall. Brandon Phillips was in the New York Yankees trade rumor where the Reds would get OF Brett Gardner for Phillips straight up but the Yankees turned down that deal wanting to hold onto Gardner for a starting pitcher.

Reds have been rumored to be very interested in free agent 2B Omar Infante which would lead to a Brandon Phillips trade coming soon, or would it? Some say Infante would play 3B or OF. There is also another rumor going around that Matt Kemp would come to the Reds for Homer Bailey and Brandon Phillips. But I would not put too much thought into that one due to the fact that Kemp would cost more money then Phillips which would then put the Reds and Walt Jocketty in even worse shape financially. There were also rumors of Bronson Arroyo being signed back to the Reds but Walt Jocketty told reporters right away that he just wanted to sit in with Arroyo’s agent and see where they were with contract talks and thought he owed it to Arroyo to at least listen due to what he has done for the Reds. Jocketty also told reporters that the Reds had to move on with trying to re-sign Shin-Soo Choo which makes sense due to the contract he is looking for with his agent Scott Boras.

If Cincinnati Reds do trade Brandon Phillips it will be for a one year rental OF player where they then will spend the money owed to Phillips to signing Homer Bailey to a big contract extension. They then would go after Omar Infante (if they could afford him) and a backup switch hitting middle infielder.

Walt Jocketty talks about Brandon Phillips and Aroldis Chapman

Cincinnati Reds general manager, Walt Jocketty told reporters that he has talked to 2B Brandon Phillips and told him trade talks are now over. Jocketty said, “We’re a better team with him.”

I have read that this could be because of how much Jacoby Ellsbury got from the Yankees, which reflects what Shin-Soo Choo should get close to in free agency. Which of course is way too much for the Reds to even think about, even if they did trade Phillips. Jocketty also said that Aroldis Chapman will be their closer.


Reds go home with the win

Cincinnati Reds won today against San Diego Padres (4-1) at PetCo Park in a much-needed win for the Reds. Homer Bailey was pitching great and went 8.1 innings allowing 6 hits, 1 run getting 7 strike outs. He has really become a great pitcher to watch now. Aroldis Chapman pitched 0.2 innings to get his 25th save.

Homer Bailey

Derrick Robinson went 1 for 4 with 1 run, 1 walk and 1 strike out. He layed down a few very nice bunts in this game and so did Zack Cozart who went 2 for 4 with 1 run and 1 strike out. Cozart batted 7th in the batting order while Robinson batted number 1 again. Chris Heisey went 2 for 5 with 1 run and 1 RBI. Joey Votto went 1 for 4 with 2 RBI while Brandon Phillips went 3 for 5 with a home run. Jay Bruce went 1 for 4 and Todd Frazier continues to slump by going 0 for 4 with 2 strike outs. Corky Miller went 1 for 3 and is always a great player to watch play behind the plate. I still think he will be the manager of the Reds one day. Or should I say, I hope he is the manager of the Reds one day? Either way I really would like to see him manage at the pro level later in his life.

Brandon Phillips gets a home run

Todd Frazier has not got a hit since July 25 when he went 2 for 4 against Los Angeles Dodgers. He went 0 for 4 with 2 SO July 31. 0 for 4 vs. Padres on July 30. 0 for 3 on July 29 vs. Padres. O for 3 vs. Dodgers on July 28. 0 for 3, July 27 and O for 3 on July 26 vs. the Dodgers. So he went 2 for 24 against Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres in 7 games. Vs. San Francisco Giants the series before he went 8 for 17 with 6 RBI. He is due to come out of the slump and starting hitting again.

Todd Frazier needs a hit

Cincinnati Reds 3 stars in 2012

Here are my three stars for the Cincinnati Reds 2012 season.

Star #1: Aroldis Chapman

Year   Age  W L  ERA   G SV    IP  WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9
2012    24  5 5 1.51  68 38  71.2 0.809 4.4  0.5  2.9 15.3
3 Yrs      11 8 2.33 137 39 135.0 1.015 4.5  0.4  4.6 14.1

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Generated 10/12/2012.

Star #2: Ryan Hanigan

Year      G   AB  BB  SO   BA  OBP  SLG  OPS
2007      5   10   1   2 .300 .364 .400 .764
2008     31   85  10   9 .271 .367 .365 .732
2009     90  251  37  31 .263 .361 .331 .692
2010     70  203  33  21 .300 .405 .429 .834
2011     91  266  35  32 .267 .356 .357 .714
2012    112  317  44  37 .274 .365 .338 .703
6 Yrs   399 1132 160 132 .275 .370 .360 .729

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Generated 10/12/2012.

Star #3: Johnny Cueto

Year     W  L  ERA  GS    IP  WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2012    19  9 2.78  33 217.0 1.171 8.5  0.6  2.0  7.1  3.47
5 Yrs   60 46 3.57 149 904.0 1.261 8.6  0.9  2.8  7.0  2.50

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Generated 10/12/2012.

Opening Day

Opening Day was just the start! There are many great things yet to come for Cincinnati Reds in 2012. Johnny Cueto pitched 7 great innings allowing 3 hits, 2 walks and 4 strikeouts. Then Aroldis Chapman and Sean Marshall pitched one inning each with 2 strike outs each. Starting SS Zack Cozart went 2 for 4 with 1 run and Jay Bruce went 1 for 3 with a great home run off of Edward Mujica in the 8th inning.

The Reds went 10 for 30 with 4 runs, 4 RBIs, 4 walks and 5 strikeouts leaving 19 on base. Not a bad day at the office. The one thing that sticks out the most of this game was when Drew Stubbs laid down a bunt his first at bat and got on base with his speed. I didn’t think I could jump that high anymore. In order for Stubbs to really cut back on those strikeouts he is going to have to be willing to do something like that at every at bat and seeing that first one really impressed me a lot. Drew Stubbs singles on a bunt ground ball to second baseman Omar Infante.” [Source]

Now that the season has begun, we all can take a deep breath once again and get ready for the rest of the season. Go Reds!

Potential to become the best!

As I look back and wonder what made me fall in love with Cincinnati Reds close to 20 years ago, one thing always comes to mind; They have always been the underdog, the little guy. And of course as far as big market / small market teams, the Reds are and have always been in that small market group but they have always had the potential of making a big market team lose a lot of sleep at night. With the addition of Mat Latos, Sean Marshall and Ryan Madson fans are ready for a World Series win and the fans are not the only ones excited about their chances in 2012. Players and the front office are starting to see what it is like when you give fans something to look forward to. Sure, Walt had to really work hard to get these missing pieces in order to give the fans more hope for 2012 but I think he did a great job with what he had.

Now it is up to the players and the coaching staff to step up and show us what they got. They need Scott Rolen to be healthy. They need Bronson Arroyo to be a leader in the starting rotation and show the younger guys how to pitch deep into innings and get 200+ a season. The Reds need Nick Masset, Sean Marshall and Ryan Madson to step up and become the new generation’s Nasty Boys. (The Ma-sty Boys) And most of all, the Reds need promising players like Drew Stubbs, Homer Bailey and Aroldis Chapman to show us they are ready to become great! To be honest, adding guys like Mat Latos, Sean Marshall and Ryan Madson will boost Bailey and Chapman and show them what it takes to become the best in baseball.

Sure, the Reds are still not the favorite to win the National League Central. Tell, me something I don’t know. When have they ever been the favorite in everyone’s eyes? That is what I like about them, they have the potential and only a select few can see it. That is what will make them winning this season even more powerful for those that have been with them for so many years. The history of Cincinnati Reds alone is something to cheer for but I think 2012 is going to be a record-breaking season and a time for Reds fans to get ready for a whole new breed of Big Red Machine / Nasty Boys.

You can go to any other baseball blog out there and get the realistic views and comments of who is “expected” to win, or you can shy away from that thinking and look deep into the roster of the Reds and see what I see, the right combination of players that will win another championship for one of the most exciting ball clubs to ever be in the National League, the Cincinnati Reds!

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