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#Reds change batting order (May 9, 2014)


Cincinnati Reds have changed things up for the first game against Colorado Rockies. Switch hitting Catcher Brayan Pena will bat 2nd, with 1B Joey Votto batting 4th. I am very happy to see RF Chris Heisey and SS Zack Cozart batting down in the order. I have included the hitters career BA in that spot in the batting order. I think Brayan Pena is going to have a big game along with Joey Votto.

1. CF Skip Schumaker .291
2. C Brayan Pena .200
3. 2B Brandon Phillips .275
4. 1B Joey Votto .309
5. 3B Todd Frazier .271
6. LF Ryan Ludwick .264
7. RF Chris Heisey .250
8. SS Zack Cozart .248
9. P Johnny Cueto .101

#Reds vs #Rockies – RHP Jhoulys Chacin 2014


Cincinnati Reds are going to start playing against Colorado Rockies today and Reds hitters will face RHP Jhoulys Chacin. Chacin has only pitched once this season and it was a rough start with lots of walks. Reds hitters are going to have to do something they have not done much of this early season, be patient! Make Chacin throw strikes. I did some digging this morning and I know it is a very small sample size for just 5 IP but I thought I would share it and let you be the judge.

Jhoulys Chacin

Jhoulys Chacin

May 4, 2014
Mets 5 at Rockies 1

                                                
Pitching                 IP H R ER BB SO HR  ERA
Jhoulys Chacin L (0-1)    5 8 4  4  5  4  0 7.20

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Generated 5/9/2014.

Mets 5 at Rockies 1

                                                         
Pitching          BF Pit Str Ctct StS StL GB FB LD
Jhoulys Chacin    26  86  50   27   5  18  4 13  9

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Chacin 2014

Chacin Pitches 2014

Chacin vs L

Chacin vs L

Chacin vs R

Chacin vs R

Chacin 2-? count

Chacin 2=? count

Chacin 3-? count

Chacin 3-? count

Chacin ?-2 count

Chacin ?-2 count

For more information on Jhoulys Chacin and these graphics go to Brooks Baseball

Coco came back the very next day


As we wait for word on if closer Francisco Cordero will return to Cincinnati Reds, I thought I would share some information about what he did in 2011 for the Reds. A lot of people say that he is starting to decline but I think he still has a few more good years left in the tank. Everyone thinks the Reds are the top guys right now and that he should sign the one year deal (not sure if there is an option on this contract offer) that would bring him back. I think the Sean Marshall and Mat Latos trades might have a big impact on if he re-signs with the Reds.

Out of his 37 saves in 2011 he only gave up one home run, which was against Colorado Rockies on Thursday, August 11, 2011, at Great American Ball Park. Seth Smith hit it off of Cordero in the 9th inning with 0 on and 0 out to deep RF.

Another thing about his 37 saves that caught my interest was that he only came into one game where he had inherited runners. (2) That game was on Sunday, May 15, 2011, at Great American Ball Park against St. Louis Cardinals. The two inherited runners both came in to score that game.


Francisco Cordero 2011

Pitches:
4-seam Fastball
Slider
Change-up
Curveball
Fastball


Francisco Cordero threw his 4-seam fastball 394 times in 2011. (36.5%) The velocity got up to 93 MPH and 61.4% were strikes. 38.8% were swung on (5.1% whiff) 18% foul and 15.7% in play.

He also threw his 86.1 MPH slider just as much. (382 times, 35.4%) 62.3% were strikes, 47.1% swung on with 14.7% whiffs. 11.5% fouled off while 20.9% were in play.

239 times Cordero threw his 86.4 MPH change-up. (22.2%) 58.6% were strikes with 46.4% were swung on. (13.4% whiff) 10.9% foul and 22.2% in play.

He threw his curveball 53 times (4.9%) which was clocked at 78.7 MPH. 73.6% strike, 9.4% whiff, 15.1% foul and 18.9% in play.

He also threw a 93.1 MPH fastball which saw the strike zone 40% of the time with 20.% swung on and 20% in play.

Cordero’s at-bat results were great in 2011. 25.18% groundout, 16.06% flyout, 15.33% strikeout, 11.68% single, 8.03% walk and 2.19% home run.


You can find all of this information at Pitch f/x. Where you can even check out the break down for every game he pitched in 2011.



Who hit off of Francisco Cordero in 2011

                                                   
                      AB  H    BA   OBP   SLG   OPS
Neil Walker            2  2 1.000 1.000 2.000 3.000
Nyjer Morgan           3  2  .667  .667 1.333 2.000
Mark Kotsay            4  2  .500  .500  .500 1.000
Yuniesky Betancourt    5  2  .400  .400  .400  .800
Casey McGehee          2  2 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000
James Loney            4  1  .250  .250  .250  .500
Jeff Baker             2  1  .500  .500 1.000 1.500
Carlos Pena            4  1  .250  .250 1.000 1.250
Willie Harris          2  1  .500  .500 1.000 1.500
Jon Jay                2  1  .500  .500 2.000 2.500
Blake DeWitt           4  1  .250  .250  .250  .500
Carlos Gomez           3  1  .333  .333  .333  .667
Ross Gload             1  1 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000
Wilson Valdez          1  1 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000
Matthew Joyce          1  1 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000
Gerardo Parra          2  1  .500  .500  .500 1.000
Shelley Duncan         1  1 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000
Josh Wilson            1  1 1.000 1.000 2.000 3.000
Eliezer Alfonzo        1  1 1.000 1.000 2.000 3.000
Jordan Schafer         1  1 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000
David Freese           2  1  .500  .500  .500 1.000
Darwin Barney          3  1  .333  .333  .333  .667
Tony Campana           2  1  .500  .500  .500 1.000
Ryan Doumit            1  1 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000
Alfonso Soriano        3  1  .333  .333  .667 1.000
Orlando Hudson         1  1 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000
Pablo Sandoval         1  1 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000
Alex Gonzalez          1  1 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000
Matt Holliday          4  1  .250  .250 1.000 1.250
Nick Punto             2  1  .500  .500 1.000 1.500
Ian Desmond            1  1 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000
Danny Espinosa         1  1 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000
Logan Schafer          1  1 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000
Kosuke Fukudome        2  1  .500  .667  .500 1.167
Stephen Drew           2  1  .500  .500 2.000 2.500
Aubrey Huff            2  1  .500  .500  .500 1.000
Yadier Molina          4  1  .250  .250  .250  .500
Osvaldo Martinez       1  1 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000
Clint Barmes           2  1  .500  .500 1.000 1.500
Orlando Cabrera        1  1 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000
Greg Dobbs             2  1  .500  .500 1.000 1.500
Seth Smith             1  1 1.000 1.000 4.000 5.000
Ryan Howard            1  1 1.000 1.000 4.000 5.000
Gaby Sanchez           2  1  .500  .500  .500 1.000

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Reds Rumors


Lately I have been reading a lot of trade rumors involving the Cincinnati Reds. First one out was Andrew Bailey from Oakland Athletics. Now there is one for Huston Street of Colorado Rockies. I know that Francisco Cordero might not return but why would the Reds trade their top prospects for a relief pitcher? It really makes no sense at all to trade away Yonder Alonso, plus one or two more top prospects for a relief pitcher. In my mind they need an experienced starting pitcher who can get the job done and teach the younger pitchers how to handle their job better. An older pitcher who has been in Major League Baseball for 10+ years. Someone like Scott Rolen (for the young position players) who has been around and knows the business. And to be honest this pitcher should not be that expensive of an acquisition which will help the front office afford more offense and maybe a younger closer later on in the offseason.

I feel that if Walt Jocketty can bring in a starter of this caliber it will really help with getting the younger starters focused and maybe teach them a little more about the game. Of course the Reds will need someone to fill Cordero’s shoes but lets not focus too much on that until we find that starter and know for sure that Cordero is not returning. I would rather see them give the job to Bill Bray or another person already on the team then try another season without an experienced starter to help Bronson Arroyo. If the Reds are going to have their young catchers playing more this season they will need that veteran starter more than anything. And in my mind a closer should not even be on the radar right now. You have to get a win in order to get the save guys and as 2011 showed us, they are having a hard time doing that.

Adding a veteran starting pitcher to help mold the youngsters is a good way to help the Reds in the near future. They might not see the advantage of it in 2012 but it will help for 2013 and longer, which is a lot better than having a closer who cost them all of their future stars.

I know that I am just an armchair GM but this makes a lot more sense then what other people are suggesting in comments I have read. Trading away the team’s top prospects for a young starter is not going to help the team in the long run. Sure it would be nice to get that stud starter who gets 25 wins in 35 starts but at what cost? Is it really worth trading away the whole farm system to get him? And will this guy still be with the Reds in two to three years? I highly doubt it. And another thing that many people are not thinking about is, Great American Ballpark will eat that young stud pitcher up and spit him out over and over again, which will send him packing a lot quicker than expected.

34+ year old starting pitchers


Walt Jocketty, General Manager of the Cincinnati Reds said that they are looking for a veteran starting pitcher to help solidify the rotation. With that I have done some searching and found 21 starters older than Bronson Arroyo (34) and will see if any of them become the Reds target. Now I know that “veteran” does not always mean oldest but some of these guys could be who Jocketty is talking about.

Before we start though, I would like to add that a lot of these pitchers are on teams that I seriously doubt would trade them away unless given a lot back in return, along with the fact that the Reds could not afford some of their contracts even if they did get the ok to trade. And as we said before, Jocketty does not plan on doing much with free agents this offseason so that takes even more off the list giving us very slim pickings. Now maybe when he said experienced he really meant older than Johnny Cueto (25) or Edinson Volquez (27)which would bring a whole new crop of prospects to the table but that can be discussed at another time.


First we start with the oldest, Tim Wakefield. At 44 years old it has been said he will return and keep pitching. In 2011 he started in 23 games and recorded 154.2 innings pitched. He finished with a 7 – 8 record for Boston Red Sox. Wakefield has 463 career games started with 200 career wins, the most amongst active pitchers.

Miguel Batista only had 5 games started at age 40 but finished with a 5 – 2 record in 2011.

Bartolo Colon at 38 years old started in 28 games for New York Yankees and finished with a 8 – 10 record.

Derek Lowe also at 38 years old pitched in 34 starts and had a 9 – 17 record for Atlanta Braves.

Nelson Figueroa started in only 5 games for Houston Astros and finished with a 0 – 3 record.

Kevin Millwood pitched in 9 starts and had a 4 – 3 record at age 36.

Hiroki Kuroda had 32 starts for the Dodgers with 202 innings pitched and getting a 13 – 16 record at age 36.

Chris Carpenter also at 36 got the most innings pitched out of this list with 237.1 and 34 starts to get him a 11 – 9 record.

R. A. Dickey, another 36-year-old started 32 times for the Mets and got a 8 – 13 record.

Livian Hernandez is another 36-year-old who got 29 starts for Washington Nationals finishing the season with 8 wins and 13 losses. Livian has the record for most games started for active pitchers at 474.

Tim Hudson at 35 started in 33 games and recorded a 16 – 10 record.

Rodrigo Lopez, 35 years old got 16 starts with a 6 – 6 record for the Cubs.

Doug Davis at 35 and on the Cubs got a 1 – 7 record with only 9 starts.

Ted Lilly got 33 starts at age 35 and finished the season off with a 12 – 14 record.

Carl Pavano started 33 games for the Twins and saw a 9 – 13 record.

Freddy Garcia at 34 saw a pretty good season for the Yankees with a 12 – 8 record over 25 starts.

A. J. Burnett, another 34-year-old and on the Yankees got a 11 – 11 record out of 32 starts.

Bruce Chen with the Royals started 25 games with a 12 – 8 record at age 34.

Roy Halladay at 34, got 32 games started and ended the season with a 19 – 6 record.

Ryan Dempster, 34 years old got 34 starts for the Cubs in 2011 with 10 wins 14 losses.

Javier Vazquez ends this list with 32 starts and a 13 – 11 record for the Marlins at 34 years old.


                    Year   Age Tm Lg GS  W  L    IP  SO  ERA HR
Tim Wakefield       2011   44 BOS AL 23  7  8 154.2  93 5.12 25
Miguel Batista      2011   40 TOT NL  5  5  2  60.0  31 3.60  2
Bartolo Colon       2011   38 NYY AL 26  8 10 164.1 135 4.00 21
Derek Lowe          2011   38 ATL NL 34  9 17 187.0 137 5.05 14
Nelson Figueroa     2011   37 HOU NL  5  0  3  29.0  17 8.69  3
Kevin Millwood      2011   36 COL NL  9  4  3  54.1  36 3.98  9
Hiroki Kuroda       2011   36 LAD NL 32 13 16 202.0 161 3.07 24
Chris Carpenter     2011   36 STL NL 34 11  9 237.1 191 3.45 16
R.A. Dickey         2011   36 NYM NL 32  8 13 208.2 134 3.28 18
Livan Hernandez     2011   36 WSN NL 29  8 13 175.1  99 4.47 16
Tim Hudson          2011   35 ATL NL 33 16 10 215.0 158 3.22 14
Rodrigo Lopez       2011   35 CHC NL 16  6  6  97.2  54 4.42 18
Doug Davis          2011   35 CHC NL  9  1  7  45.2  36 6.50  2
Ted Lilly           2011   35 LAD NL 33 12 14 192.2 158 3.97 28
Carl Pavano         2011   35 MIN AL 33  9 13 222.0 102 4.30 23
Freddy Garcia       2011   34 NYY AL 25 12  8 146.2  96 3.62 16
A.J. Burnett        2011   34 NYY AL 32 11 11 190.1 173 5.15 31
Bruce Chen          2011   34 KCR AL 25 12  8 155.0  97 3.77 18
Roy Halladay        2011   34 PHI NL 32 19  6 233.2 220 2.35 10
Ryan Dempster       2011   34 CHC NL 34 10 14 202.1 191 4.80 23
Javier Vazquez      2011   34 FLA NL 32 13 11 192.2 162 3.69 21

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