Tagged: Bronson Arroyo

Is Yoenis Cespedes the only option?


Lately there have been a lot of trade rumors, which of course do not relate to the Cincinnati Reds. Ok, there is one. Boston Red Sox could trade LF Yoenis Cespedes to the Reds for one of their starting pitchers, Johnny Cueto, Mat Latos and/or Mike Leake. Personally I don’t really think Cespedes is the guy the Reds need if an OBP guy is what they are looking for. But he is an upgrade from what they had or would have if they went in house for an option. He would be a one year rental and maybe a flash in the pan like Shin-Soo Choo as he gets ready to be a Free Agent.

As a fan, you usually want the team to get better every season and this move would make the team better but if I was Walt Jocketty, I would not pull the trigger if the Red Sox are looking for Cueto and Latos and only want to give up Cespedes. And to tell you the honest truth, out of those three pitchers, I would be looking to re-sign Mike Leake the most, due to him looking like a Bronson Arroyo type pitcher who will pitch many seasons and innings very healthy, which could be very beneficial to the Reds right now.

If the Reds could get two or three other contract controlled players along with Cespedes then I can’t see how the Reds front office can say no, but I don’t think that is the case and I personally don’t like the idea of trading a one year pitcher like Cueto / Latos for one year of Cespedes. Keep the pitching and wait until the trade deadline where you will be able to get a lot more if you are not making the playoffs.

There are a lot of Reds fans already wanting to buy a Cespedes uniform and other merchandise and I don’t blame them. It would be nice to see what the kid can do in Great American Ball Park but if it was up to me, I would rather sign Nori Aoki and keep the three pitchers until the trade deadline.

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#Reds CF Skip Schumaker two-run blast! Again…


Last night Cincinnati Reds CF Skip Schumaker hit a 2 run home run against Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavey in the top of the 3rd inning. Last time Schumaker hit a home run was against the Reds and former starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo on 2013-07-27. Last night’s home run came off of a 91 MPH fastball and his one off of Bronson Arroyo was a 88 MPH sinker right down the middle. Schumaker has 26 career home runs now and hopefully playing most of this season in Great American Ball Park he will hit a few more.

Skip Schumaker

Skip Schumaker

Skip Schumaker two-run blast in Boston.

Top 3:
Skip Schumaker homers (1) on a fly ball to right field. Chris Heisey scores.
Pitcher
J. Peavy
Batter
S. Schumaker

	Speed	Pitch			Result
1	91	Fastball (Four-seam)	In play, run(s)
Skip Schmaker 1st HR

Skip Schumaker 1st HR

Schumaker’s two-run blast on 07/27/13.

Bottom 5:
Skip Schumaker homers (2) on a fly ball to center field. Mark Ellis scores.
Pitcher
B. Arroyo
Batter
S. Schumaker

	Speed	Pitch		Result
1	72	Curveball	Ball
2	88	Sinker		In play, run(s)
Skip Schumaker's last HR

Skip Schumaker’s Last HR

Skip Schumaker career HR

                                           
Rk         Date  Tm Opp    Rslt AB H HR RBI
1    2014-05-07 CIN BOS  L  3-4  3 1  1   2
2    2013-07-27 LAD CIN  W  4-1  4 2  1   2
3    2013-07-22 LAD TOR  W 14-5  5 2  1   3
4    2012-09-03 STL NYM  W  5-4  3 2  1   1
5    2011-06-19 STL KCR  W  5-4  2 2  1   2
6    2011-04-13 STL ARI  W 15-5  5 1  1   3
7    2010-09-09 STL ATL  W 11-4  5 3  1   2
8    2010-08-09 STL CIN  W  7-3  4 2  1   4
9    2010-07-19 STL PHI  W  8-4  3 1  1   1
10   2010-06-26 STL KCR  W  5-3  4 1  1   2
11   2010-04-21 STL ARI  W  9-4  5 2  1   3
12   2009-08-09 STL PIT  W  7-3  2 1  1   2
13   2009-05-23 STL KCR  W  5-0  5 2  1   1
14   2009-05-18 STL MIL  L  4-8  5 1  1   2
15   2009-05-13 STL PIT  L  2-5  4 2  1   1
16   2008-08-16 STL CIN  W  9-3  5 2  1   3
17   2008-08-09 STL CHC  W 12-3  5 2  1   1
18   2008-06-25 STL DET  L  7-8  4 2  1   1
19   2008-06-20 STL BOS  W  5-4  5 1  1   2
20   2008-06-15 STL PHI  W  7-6  5 2  1   1
21   2008-06-13 STL PHI  L  2-20 5 3  1   1
22   2008-05-02 STL CHC  W  5-3  4 1  1   2
23   2008-04-16 STL MIL  W  5-4  4 2  1   1
24   2007-07-22 STL ATL  W  7-2  2 1  1   2
25   2007-07-07 STL SFG  L  6-7  4 3  1   1
26   2006-04-05 STL PHI  W  4-3  4 2  1   1

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Won’t Choo bring Arroyo back?


Cincinnati Reds are close to bringing RHP Bronson Arroyo back to joining the starting rotation. Many, even Walt Jocketty thought it would be very hard to get a player like Arroyo back on the team but for some strange reason not many teams have shown a lot of interest in him. One thing I like about Bronson Arroyo is the fact that you know what you are getting from a pitcher like this every single season. 200+ Innings with a great club house guy who will help the younger pitchers a lot. If the Reds can sign him to a one year deal they would add more pitching depth which is always good, especially after the season they had last year.

Another former Red who is having trouble finding a team this off-season is Shin-Soo Choo. Many teams do not want to give up a draft pick and the huge money/years that he wants. This is one of those situations where Scott Boras might have hurt himself by waiting. If the Reds could get lucky and sign him to a short term contract too it would really help the team out big time. Walt Jocketty and the Reds front office pretty much gave up on re-signing Choo but with the market disappearing maybe they will be able to get him back on a one year deal too. Santa would really be good to Reds fans this year if that was to happen.

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.

Good options to have


There are many things I learned while watching Cincinnati Reds last game against San Diego Padres. (2-1 loss) Mike Leake is a stud number 4/5 guy in the rotation for the Reds. If the Reds were looking for a Bronson Arroyo replacement, they found him. Leake is going to be a solid 200+ inning pitcher every season no matter where you put him in the rotation. If the Reds don’t re-sign Bronson
Arroyo they will have Mike Leake who will become their Mr. Dependable no problem. Every time it is his turn in the rotation he will be there, good or bad, he will be there. Last night he went 7 scoreless innings allowing 4 hits and 2 walks while striking out 5. Can’t get any better than that from your number 4/5 guy in the rotation. I still like Bronson Arroyo, and I hope they do re-sign him but the money he is asking for might be too much for the Reds to handle, at least we know we have another solid inning eater just in case.

The second thing I saw out of last nights game was Derrick Robinson will be a solid top of the batting order guy if the Reds don’t re-sign Shin-Soo Choo which will give the Reds options on if they want to rush Billy Hamilton. Robinson went 2 for 5 with a triple and a run. Robinson has great speed and would be a bonus for any club, especially if he is coming off the bench like his is for the Reds, but what I saw yesterday is, he can be a pretty solid lead off guy if they really need it. Xavier Paul and Derrick Robinson have really impressed me and should have jobs on this club for a very long time if they keep it up.

Derrick Robinson

With all of this, it is good to have a back up plan and from what I have seen, the Reds have two. Mike Leake can be the teams next generations Bronson Arroyo and Derrick Robinson can be the teams lead off hitter next season if Billy Hamilton needs another year to grow. Options are always good to have when it comes to a MLB team with a tight budget.

Bronson Arroyo 8-14 vs. Cardinals


Bronson Arroyo will be making his 33rd career start against St. Louis Cardinals and hopes to get another win against a team that has had some very good success against him. Mat Latos yesterday broke his losing ways in Busch Stadium so hopefully Arroyo can do the same. 8-14 with a 4.60 ERA is not bad against a very tough team like St. Louis and I have a feeling Arroyo still has many more games to go against them.

Bronson Arroyo vs. St. Louis Cardinals [career]

                                                               
                 Split  W  L  ERA GS    IP   H  WHIP SO/9 SO/BB
    St. Louis Cardinals 8 14 4.60 32 205.1 218 1.330  5.7  2.35

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Bronson Arroyo in Busch Stadium [career]

                                                          
               Split W L  ERA GS   IP   H  WHIP SO/9 SO/BB
    STL-Busch Stad 3 3 7 5.46 15 94.0 106 1.394  5.6  2.32

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Arroyo vs. Garcia


Bronson Arroyo (2-2, 4.24 ERA) vs. Jaime Garcia (2-1, 2.89 ERA)
Preview

Bronson Arroyo will try to bounce back against St. Louis Cardinals and get a win against Jaime Garcia. Arroyo is going to need all of his pitches to be hitting the targets today against this very tough Cardinals team. Hopefully he pitches a great game like Mat Latos did yesterday. The Reds would love to have him go 7+ innings today.

Bronson Arroyo vs. St. Louis Cardinals [career]

                                                       
                   AB  H HR BB SO   BA  OBP   SLG   OPS
Matt Holliday      46 14  3  4  9 .304 .373  .565  .938
Yadier Molina      43  7  0  0  2 .163 .178  .186  .364
Carlos Beltran     26  8  1  3  5 .308 .379  .577  .956
Jon Jay            28 11  1  0  3 .393 .393  .643 1.036
Daniel Descalso    19  8  0  0  3 .421 .421  .684 1.105
David Freese       12  1  0  1  3 .083 .154  .083  .237
Allen Craig         8  1  0  0  1 .125 .125  .250  .375
Jaime Garcia        6  5  1  1  0 .833 .857 1.500 2.357
Matt Carpenter      6  1  0  0  0 .167 .167  .167  .333
Tony Cruz           5  1  0  0  1 .200 .200  .400  .600
Pete Kozma          4  0  0  0  2 .000 .000  .000  .000
Adam Wainwright     2  0  0  1  1 .000 .333  .000  .333
Lance Lynn          1  0  0  0  0 .000 .000  .000  .000
Shane Robinson      1  0  0  0  0 .000 .000  .000  .000
Jake Westbrook      1  0  0  0  0 .000 .000  .000  .000
Total             208 57  6 10 30 .274 .312  .457  .769

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Jamie Garcia vs. Cincinnati Reds [career]

                                                        
                    AB  H HR BB SO   BA  OBP   SLG   OPS
Brandon Phillips    35  9  2  0  7 .257 .257  .486  .743
Jay Bruce           30  8  1  1  7 .267 .281  .367  .648
Joey Votto          26  6  0  4  8 .231 .333  .308  .641
Zack Cozart         17  4  0  1  3 .235 .278  .235  .513
Chris Heisey        15  4  0  0  4 .267 .267  .600  .867
Todd Frazier         8  1  0  0  2 .125 .125  .125  .250
Bronson Arroyo       5  1  0  0  4 .200 .200  .200  .400
Homer Bailey         4  1  0  0  1 .250 .250  .250  .500
Shin-Soo Choo        4  1  0  0  0 .250 .250  .250  .500
Mat Latos            2  0  0  2  1 .000 .500  .000  .500
Mike Leake           3  2  0  0  0 .667 .667 1.000 1.667
Devin Mesoraco       3  2  0  0  0 .667 .667  .667 1.333
Xavier Paul          2  0  0  0  1 .000 .000  .000  .000
Derrick Robinson     1  0  0  0  1 .000 .000  .000  .000
Total              155 39  3  8 39 .252 .287  .374  .661

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