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Sean Marshall and Walt Jocketty conference call


Jamie Ramsey from Better Off Red posted the Walt Jocketty and Sean Marshall conference call. You can also see some quotes on Mark Sheldon’s blog Mark My Word in Jocketty, Marshall on trade.

Walt goes on to say that there will be no more moves until after the New Year and that they will be looking into getting an outfielder along with filling up the bench. he also talked a bit about Josh Judy and Andrew Brackman.

Sean Marshall trade now published


Jamie Ramsey from Better Off Red reports that Cincinnati Reds get “LHP Sean Marshall from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for LHP Travis Wood, OF Dave Sappelt and minor league IF Ronald Torreyes.” [Source] Mark Sheldon from Mark My Word also writes about the trade here.

I am amazed that Dave Sappelt was one of the guys to go. The Reds 40 man roster is now at 36. They have some work ahead of them now to get at least two more outfielders and a SS/INF along with a closer which should be first on the list still. Walt Jocketty must have a plan in store for this. I really can’t see him not having something set up soon in order to help with the lack of position players now.

Here is the link to the direct source.

Cincinnati Reds vs. National League Central teams in 2011


In 2011, the toughest Division rival Cincinnati Reds faced was Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates destroyed the Reds in Great American Ball Park last season, winning 5 games and losing just 1 against the hometown Reds. The Pirates also won 5 of their home games, while losing 4 to the visiting Reds. Giving the Pirates a 10-5 Record against Cincinnati in 2011.


Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates in 2011

                                                                           
Date            RS RA         Win       Loss       Save
2011-04-15    L  1  6    C.Morton   B.Arroyo
2011-04-16    W 11  2     M.Leake  J.McDonald
2011-04-17    L  6  7     C.Resop L.Ondrusek J.Hanrahan
2011-04-18    L  3  9   K.Correia     T.Wood
2011-05-18    L  0  5    C.Morton   B.Arroyo
2011-05-19    L  3  5  J.McDonald    J.Cueto J.Hanrahan
2011-07-18    L  0  2    C.Morton   D.Willis J.Hanrahan
2011-07-19    L  0  1  J.McDonald    M.Leake J.Hanrahan
2011-07-20    W  3  1     J.Cueto J.Karstens  F.Cordero
2011-08-19    W 11  8      T.Wood J.Hanrahan  F.Cordero
2011-08-20    L  3  5    T.Watson  A.Chapman J.Hanrahan
2011-08-21    W  5  4 J.Arredondo J.Hanrahan  F.Cordero
2011-09-23    L  3  4  J.Hanrahan     B.Bray
2011-09-24    L  3  4   B.Lincoln     T.Wood   J.Grilli
2011-09-25    W  5  4    D.Willis   D.Moskos  F.Cordero
For 2011 CIN won 5 PIT won 10.                                             

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Generated 12/23/2011.


Cincinnati did very well against the other teams in their division even though they finished under .500 in the season. If the Reds can have another season like this against the other teams in their division it will be a very nice 2012!


Cincinnati Reds vs. National League Central teams in 2011

             Team    G  W  L  RS  RA  hmW-L   rdW-L
Pittsburgh Pirates  15  5 10  57  67   1-5     4-5
Milwaukee Brewers   16  8  8  81  83   5-4     3-4
St. Louis Cardinals 15  9  6  67  68   5-1     4-5
Houston Astros      15  9  6  77  50   6-3     3-3
Chicago Cubs        18 11  7  90  79   7-2     4-5

Stats are from baseball-reference.com using the head-to-head record tool.


Moves that helped the Reds


Here is a list of moves so far this offseason that have helped the Cincinnati Reds for the 2012 season. Some of the moves were not even done by the Reds.

I think Corky Miller will be a big help in 2012 and see him playing in quite a few games. The Reds were very lucky last season with healthy catchers. I am not sure if that will be the case in 2012. Sure, he is not a great hitter in the big leagues right now but he can call a great game and is a veteran player that can really help out the club when needed. I still see him as being a coach / manager for the Reds one day. I hope to see him and Sam LeCure in Reds jerseys for many more years.

  • Albert Pujols signs with Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim leaving the National League Central.

This is a huge move that will help the Reds out big time in 2012. Although the St. Louis Cardinals are still a top team in the National League, they just are not as dangerous to face anymore. They just recently signed Carlos Beltran but I am afraid he might still be very injury prone along with the fact that they have a new manager who might have a tough time keeping the team motivated all season long.

This suspension will be a big turning point in Milwaukee Brewers season. Along with losing Prince Fielder and the team going back to signing good fielding shortstops instead of good hitting ones this should help the Reds keep ahead of them in the standings all season long.

There are still a lot of people out there that think the Reds overpaid for this great young starter but only time will tell when it comes to prospects. I think having Mat Latos in the starting rotation will really help the team out in 2012.

This trade is still on the table and no one really knows who the two minor league players are. Once the smoke clears though, I see this as being a huge trade for the Reds. Not only did they get a tough relief pitcher away from a division rival but they added an inning eating left-handed setup man, something they were missing last season. The Cubs have been reported to be in a total clean up situation this offseason and might even move more players. Then again, there are also some rumors that they are trying to sign Prince Fielder but I really don’t see this as being a big problem for the Reds. Prince Fielder is a deadly hitter but not as deadly when he doesn’t have Ryan Braun and the rest of the Brewers with him. I am still hoping Prince signs with a team out of the Central but if the Cubs do get him I am not going to lose much sleep over it.

The waiting game


As we wait for more information on the Sean Marshall and Travis Wood trade I have found many rumors that might help clear up why nothing has been said yet. Some believe that the Reds are trying to get a deal done with Marshall that would keep him on the team passed his one year contract. The physical for Marshall and Wood should be done and still no one knows who the two minor league players are. People are not even guessing but from what I have seen already this offseason if they were top prospects people would know and it would have leaked out when the trade was still in the early stages.

No matter what happens next, a lot of people think this is a good trade for both teams. Chicago Cubs get a young starter and prospects while the Reds get a left-handed setup man who might even help ink the deal between the Reds and closer Francisco Cordero. It is rumored he still wants to return to the team and with the two new pitchers (Mat Latos & Sean Marshall) added this might make him want to come back even more. I really don’t think  Cincinnati Reds General Manager Walt Jocketty is done yet though. I have a feeling there will be one more trade before the new Year.

Sean Marshall vs. Cincinnati Reds


Cincinnati Reds fans are still waiting to find out who the minor league players are in the Sean Marshall trade today. While we wait I thought I would look into something I read from a fan’s comments earlier today. The fan said that this trade will help the Reds out more then they think because the Reds players had a very tough time against Sean Marshall when he was playing for Chicago Cubs. After looking at the stats I have to agree. Marshall has been said to be one of the best relief pitchers in Major League Baseball right now. Having a setup man like this on the team will really help out with signing or trading for a new closer.


Sean Marshall vs. Cincinnati Reds

                                                              
                    AB  H HR RBI BB SO    BA   OBP   SLG   OPS
Joey Votto          13  3  1   2  4  4  .231  .412  .538  .950
Edgar Renteria      12  3  0   0  3  4  .250  .400  .250  .650
Brandon Phillips    12  1  1   2  2  2  .083  .214  .333  .548
Jay Bruce           11  2  0   0  1  6  .182  .308  .182  .490
Scott Rolen          8  3  1   2  1  1  .375  .444  .750 1.194
Drew Stubbs          5  0  0   1  1  3  .000  .167  .000  .167
Ramon Hernandez      5  3  0   0  0  1  .600  .600  .600 1.200
Paul Janish          3  1  0   0  0  0  .333  .333  .333  .667
Ryan Hanigan         2  1  0   1  2  0  .500  .750  .500 1.250
Miguel Cairo         2  1  0   1  1  1  .500  .667  .500 1.167
Chris Heisey         2  1  0   0  1  1  .500  .667  .500 1.167
Todd Frazier         2  2  0   1  0  0 1.000 1.000 1.500 2.500
Dontrelle Willis     2  0  0   0  0  1  .000  .000  .000  .000
Yonder Alonso        1  0  0   0  0  0  .000  .000  .000  .000
Juan Francisco       1  0  0   0  0  0  .000  .000  .000  .000
Devin Mesoraco       1  0  0   0  0  1  .000  .000  .000  .000
Edinson Volquez      1  0  0   0  0  1  .000  .000  .000  .000
Dave Sappelt         0  0  0   0  0                          0
Total               83 21  3  10 16 26  .253  .380  .386  .766

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Generated 12/21/2011.


Sean Marshall career vs. National League Central teams.

                                                                  
                  Split W L  ERA  G   IP  H HR SO  WHIP SO/9 SO/BB
        Cincinnati Reds 1 3 2.61 23 31.0 26  2 30 1.387  8.7  1.76
         Houston Astros 2 5 2.70 27 46.2 44  5 36 1.307  6.9  2.12
      Milwaukee Brewers 2 2 4.13 27 32.2 35  2 29 1.531  8.0  1.93
     Pittsburgh Pirates 5 2 3.27 26 41.1 31  2 33 1.113  7.2  2.20
    St. Louis Cardinals 3 3 2.71 31 63.0 63  7 45 1.302  6.4  2.37

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Generated 12/21/2011.

Walt said so


Cincinnati Reds General Manager Walt Jocketty said at the start of the offseason that they would be making more trades than getting free agents and so far he has lived up to his word. At the Winter Meetings this offseason it was very frustrating for the front office and it seemed like other teams were just asking way to much for what the Reds needed. But after Redsfest something happened, something big! Walt and his team started looking into making some moves. Rumors were flying and then all of a sudden Mat Latos was traded from San Diego Padres and now Sean Marshall from Chicago Cubs. Walt said they were dealing with pitching first and he has really done that well this offseason. I don’t think he is done yet. I expect them to make one or two more moves even before Christmas. The ball has started to roll and Walt is getting things done at a record speed now. It is true, they went a little slow out of the gate but now they are moving very well and the team is looking a lot better for 2012.

Keep going Walt, keep going.

Sean Marshall trade


It has been reported on twitter by ESPNChicago that Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds agreed ‘in principle’ to the trade of Sean Marshall for Travis Wood and two minor-leaguers. [Source]

You can read more about this by going to see what Mark Sheldon (Mark My Word) has to say about the deal in The merits of Marshall

If this deal is done and the Reds get Sean Marshall it is rumored they will get a closer from free agency, possibly re-sign Francisco Cordero. While other people think the Reds will use Marshall as the closer.

Travis Wood rumors


Travis Wood is now the new Cincinnati Reds player in trade rumors. It is been reported that the Reds are trying to trade him and two more prospects for left-handed RP Sean Marshall from Chicago Cubs.

This is another trade that at first looks very one-sided but maybe after a few days it will look better. Of course it really depends on who else the Reds send to the Cubs. I am not a big fan of trades between two division rivals but maybe this is the only deal Reds General Manager Walt Jocketty can find right now to help his team.

This deal does not make a lot of sense right now because Travis Wood is under contract with the Reds for a few seasons and Sean Marshall would be a free agent after the 2012 season. Some people say the Reds just want to have him so then they can get the draft picks from when he becomes a free agent and signs with another team next offseason. If that is the case, I really am not a fan of this move at all. I really don’t think that is the case though. Having another lefty late inning pitcher is always good and people are saying he is one of the best late inning pitchers in the National League right now.

Mat Latos vs. National League Central


Mat Latos has not played a lot in Great American Ball Park. In his career he has only played in this hitter friendly park twice, once in 2011 and the other time in 2009. He has only given up 1 home run in 14 innings and recorded 9 strike outs. After watching a few videos of Latos pitch in 2011 for San Diego Padres I have to say I am very impressed by the kid and what he can do. His curveball is amazing and his other pitches set it up very nicely. One very big bonus to this trade is that he is a National League pitcher so there will not have to be any adjustments made through that. Although he will be playing in some hitter friendly parks more now instead of the nice pitcher parks he might be used to, I have read that he did just as good on the road as he did at home. I can’t wait to see what he can do in GABP in the future.


Mat Latos in Great American Ball Park

Rk         Date  Tm Opp   Rslt  AppDec  IP H R ER BB SO HR Pit Str BF AB
1    2011-08-12 SDP CIN L  3-5 GS-7    7.0 4 2  2  1  5  0 111  71 26 24

2    2009-07-29 SDP CIN W  7-1 GS-7  W 7.0 1 1  1  1  4  1  86  57 23 21

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Generated 12/18/2011.


Friday, August 12, 2011, at Great American Ball Park [play by play and box score]
Wednesday, July 29, 2009, Great American Ball Park [play by play and box score]


I have included stats of Mat Latos career against National League Central teams so then we can see what teams he has done well against. The Brewers and Cardinals gave him some rough times in his career so far so hopefully with the Reds this will turn around and he will be able to pitch well against them.

                     W  L   ERA GS    IP   H  R ER HR BB  SO  WHIP SO/9 SO/BB
Chicago Cubs         2  2  3.47  4  23.1  21 11  9  1  8  30 1.243 11.6  3.75
Cincinnati Reds      1  1  2.70  3  20.0   9  6  6  3  4  16 0.650  7.2  4.00
Houston Astros       3  1  2.30  4  27.1  16  7  7  1  4  25 0.732  8.2  6.25
Milwaukee Brewers    0  2  4.63  2  11.2  13  6  6  3  5   8 1.543  6.2  1.60
Pittsburgh Pirates   2  0  2.84  3  19.0  16  6  6  2  5  19 1.105  9.0  3.80
St. Louis Cardinals  1  2 10.80  3  13.1  23 16 16  1  5   9 2.100  6.1  1.80

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Generated 12/18/2011.


Here are his career stats against the St. Louis Cardinals players.

                  AB  H HR RBI BB SO   BA  OBP  SLG   OPS
Rafael Furcal     14  5  0   2  1  4 .357 .400 .357  .757
Ryan Theriot      11  2  0   0  1  2 .182 .250 .182  .432
Lance Berkman      9  2  0   1  0  3 .222 .222 .222  .444
Albert Pujols      6  2  0   2  2  0 .333 .500 .500 1.000
Yadier Molina      7  3  0   3  0  2 .429 .429 .571 1.000
Jon Jay            5  3  0   0  1  0 .600 .667 .800 1.467
Matt Holliday      5  2  0   4  0  0 .400 .400 .400  .800
Skip Schumaker     4  2  0   0  1  0 .500 .600 .750 1.350
Chris Carpenter    3  0  0   0  0  1 .000 .000 .000  .000
Allen Craig        2  0  0   0  0  0 .000 .000 .000  .000
Daniel Descalso    3  1  0   0  0  0 .333 .333 .667 1.000
Kyle Lohse         1  0  0   0  0  1 .000 .000 .000  .000
Total             70 22  0  12  6 13 .314 .368 .386  .754

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And here are his career stats against Milwaukee Brewers players.

                      AB  H HR RBI BB SO   BA  OBP   SLG   OPS
Nyjer Morgan           7  0  0   0  0  0 .000 .000  .000  .000
Ryan Braun             4  0  0   0  2  0 .000 .333  .000  .333
Prince Fielder         6  1  0   0  0  1 .167 .167  .167  .333
Corey Hart             5  1  0   0  1  1 .200 .333  .400  .733
Casey McGehee          4  1  0   0  2  0 .250 .500  .250  .750
Rickie Weeks           6  4  2   3  0  0 .667 .667 1.667 2.333
Yuniesky Betancourt    3  0  0   0  0  1 .000 .000  .000  .000
Craig Counsell         3  0  0   0  0  1 .000 .000  .000  .000
Yovani Gallardo        3  1  1   1  0  1 .333 .333 1.333 1.667
Carlos Gomez           3  1  0   0  0  1 .333 .333 1.000 1.333
Jerry Hairston         3  1  1   1  0  0 .333 .333 1.333 1.667
Jonathan Lucroy        3  2  0   1  0  0 .667 .667 1.000 1.667
Zack Greinke           2  1  0   0  0  1 .500 .500  .500 1.000
Josh Wilson            2  1  0   0  0  0 .500 .500  .500 1.000
Randy Wolf             2  0  0   0  0  2 .000 .000  .000  .000
Total                 56 14  4   6  5  9 .250 .311  .536  .847

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Here are the stats of Mat Latos career in National League Central ball parks. I am hoping Bronson Arroyo and the other Reds pitchers will help Latos out with how to pitch well in these parks in 2012, especially in Busch Stadium and Miller Park or Dusty Baker will just have to be very careful of when he plays him when they play in those parks. In 58.4 innings (10 GS) he gave up 6 home runs in these parks while getting 54 strike outs.

           Split W L   ERA GS   IP  H  R ER HR BB SO  WHIP SO/9 SO/BB
CHC-Wrigley Fld  1 0  2.57  1  7.0  5  2  2  0  1 10 0.857 12.9 10.00
CIN-GreatAmer BP 1 0  1.93  2 14.0  5  3  3  1  2  9 0.500  5.8  4.50
HOU-MinuteMaidPk 1 1  3.14  2 14.1  6  5  5  1  2 15 0.558  9.4  7.50
MIL-Miller Pk    0 1  6.35  1  5.2  7  4  4  1  2  4 1.588  6.4  2.00
PIT-PNC Pk       2 0  2.77  2 13.0 11  4  4  2  3 14 1.077  9.7  4.67
STL-Busch Stad   0 2 25.31  2  5.1 17 15 15  1  5  2 4.125  3.4  0.40

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Generated 12/18/2011.