Hot-hitting Bucs looking to even series vs. Reds
With both the Reds and Pirates clicking offensively, it will be up to starters Alfredo Simon and Edinson Volquez to assume the burden when the teams square off on Wednesday at PNC Park. Source
Reds vs Pirates
Alfredo Simon 31 | P
9 – 3 ERA 2.95
2 – 3 ERA 2.57 (Career vs PIT)
Simon tossed eight strong innings against the Dodgers on Thursday, allowing one run on seven hits, walking one and and striking out five to earn his ninth win. He is 2-3 with a 2.57 ERA in 15 career appearances (one start) against Pittsburgh.
Edinson Volquez 36 | P
4 – 5 ERA 3.89
1 – 1 ERA 3.55 (Career vs CIN)
Volquez is coming off a scoreless seven-inning performance vs. the Cubs on Thursday. The righty is 1-1 (four starts) with a 3.55 ERA against his former team. He allowed the Reds two runs in seven innings in a 4-1 loss on April 22.
July 30, 2013 at PetCo Park, Cincinnati Reds lost another game to San Diego Padres. It was a very close game but a loss is a loss, and right now the Reds don’t need any.
Just when I wrote that Derrick Robinson was a good solution at lead off for the Reds, he goes 0 for 5 with one strike out. Shin-Soo Choo (who played left field) went 0 for 3 batting in the second spot of the batting order and caused a lot of concern by fans when he was pitch hit for by Chris Heisey. Joey Votto got 3 walks with one run tonight and did not look comfortable running the bases for some strange reason. Brandon Phillips went 0 for 3 with one walk. Jay Bruce had a 2 for 4 night with one RBI and one run. 3B Todd Frazier went 0 for 4 with 2 strike outs and is still looking very uncomfortable at the plate. Zack Cozart went 2 for 3 with one walk. Devin Mesoraco went 1 for 4 with 1 RBI with 2 strike outs. Mat Latos pitched a pretty good game but also looked uncomfortable on the mound and a few times looked like he was trying to hard to over throw the ball again. He went 6 innings allowing 6 hits, 2 earned runs with 2 walks and 6 strike outs. Logan Ondrusek pitched 1 inning allowing one walk and getting 2 strike outs. Manny Parra came in and gave up one hit and one earned run and got the loss and Sam LeCure gave up two hits and one earned run, along with getting two strike outs.
San Diego Padres starter, Edinson Volquez went 6.1 innings giving up 4 hits, 2 earned runs, 5 walks and got 3 strike outs. And if the Reds would have not swung at a lot of bad pitches that walk total would have been a lot higher. Some of the at bats made Volquez look like Justin Verlander out there. The Reds so badly want to get out of this hitters slump that they are over thinking it and trying to hard right now. They need someone in the club house to have fun with it and boost them out of this. A Ryan Ludwick / Jonny Gomes type player.
Mat Latos will pitch tonight against trade counterpart Edinson Volquez when Cincinnati Reds will play game two against San Diego Padres. Many remember the trade in which Mat Latos came over to the Reds for Edinson Volquez, Yonder Alonso, Yasmani Grandal and Brad Boxberger. At the time many fans wondered if the Reds over paid for the young pitcher, but now those same people are very happy the deal was done. Mat Latos has become a solid number 1 / 2 pitcher in the Reds rotation.
In his career Mat Latos has 12 wins and 13 losses in 32 starts at PetCo Park. I am hoping he gets win number 13 tonight. If the Reds can get another solid 0 to 1 run 7 innings out of their rotation today it would really help the team get a much-needed win against the Padres. In 54 starts (342 Innings) for the Reds he has 24 wins and 7 losses with a 3.45 ERA with Cincinnati. He has 51 wins with 36 losses in his career. (126 GS, 771 IP)
I see a lack of confidence in some of the players right now that needs to be crushed fast by putting some runs up on the score board. Mat Latos is a beast on the mound but he is human just like the rest of us, if he is losing he gets frustrated and sometimes over throws his pitches. He needs to stay relaxed out there and the best way to do that is to give him a 4 to 6 run cushion.
For those that want to know, Edinson Volquez has 1 win 0 losses in 2 starts against his former team, Cincinnati Reds. 12 innings with 6 walks and 15 strike outs giving up 6 earned runs, 2 of them home runs. I am hoping the wild man plays tonight and the Reds pick up tons of walks against him. A 5 walk first inning would be nice for the Reds.
Cincinnati Reds right-handed starter Mike Leake has never pitched at Petco Park. He has only pitched one game against San Diego Padres and that was a 1.2 inning start where he gave up 5 earned runs with 3 walks and 1 strike out. Which was against former Reds pitcher Edinson Volquez.
San Diego Padres right-handed starter Sean O’Sullivan has only faced three Reds’ hitters in his career (2009 to 2013) Shin-Soo Choo, Jack Hannahan and Cesar Izturis. Choo has 10 at bats vs. O’Sullivan with 2 hits, 2 RBI and 4 SO. Hannahan has 2 hits, 1 BB and 1 SO in 4 AB. Izturis only faced him 2 times and did not record anything in those 2 AB.
This is a very interesting combo to say the least and I am hoping the Reds can bring some much needed offense to help Leake out. I am also hoping Mike Leake can last longer then 1 inning. An 8 inning game from him would really help the Reds bullpen out but at this point I would settle for 6 quality innings of 0 to 1 run baseball.
Reds need to bounce back after yesterday’s loss against Los Angeles Dodgers and I think they need to do it with a bang! Hit O’Sullivan early and get the Padres on their heals right out of the gate. A 5 run 1st inning sure would put a smile on my face.
Padres 11 at Reds 5 (July 30, 2012 / Great American Ball Park)
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
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
I have to take my words back and say I am sorry to Walt Jocketty right now. I really did not think he would pull the trigger and make a deal for a starting pitcher this offseason.
Today the Reds traded Edinson Volquez and three of the club’s top prospects, Yonder Alonso, Brad Boxberger and Yasmani Grandal to San Diego Padres for right-handed Mat Latos. This trade gives the Reds their top of the rotation starter they were looking for and it gives San Diego a bunch of top prospects in the game today. At first, I really thought the Reds overpaid but now that I look more into it, I see that there really was no other way Walt Jocketty was going to get the starter they really needed.
The question that comes up now is, who will play in left field in 2012? Yonder Alonso was prepping all offseason for the chance to play in left field and now the Reds have only Chris Heisey and Dave Sappelt. This move also puts the Reds 40 man roster down to 37 players. After looking at the Cincinnati Reds Depth Chart I see that they have their starting rotation set as;
1. J. Cueto 2. M. Latos 3. B. Arroyo 4. H. Bailey 5. M. Leake 6. A. Chapman
Does this mean the Reds will go shopping now for a closer and other position players through free agency? Or do they have more trading up their sleeves? I guess once again we just have to wait and see what happens. I am very happy to see that they did something at least this offseason and this move will help the club. Some people already think they gave up way to much but with deals like this, you never really know what will happen.
Cincinnati Reds traded Edinson Volquez and prospects Yonder Alonso, Brad Boxberger and Yasmani Grandal to San Diego Padres for right-handed Mat Latos. It is nice to see Walt Jocketty made a deal but after seeing the prospects he had to give up I really hope it was worth it. Mat Latos is a great starter but time will only tell if he is worth as much as they gave up. I really hope the three prospects don’t come back to kill the team now since the Padres are in the National League.
Year Age Tm Lg W L ERA GS IP HR SO WHIP 2009 21 SDP NL 4 5 4.62 10 50.2 7 39 1.303 2010 22 SDP NL 14 10 2.92 31 184.2 16 189 1.083 2011 23 SDP NL 9 14 3.47 31 194.1 16 185 1.184 3 Seasons 27 29 3.37 72 429.2 39 413 1.154 162 Game Avg. 13 14 3.37 34 203 18 195 1.154
Cincinnati Reds offseason has been slow and now it sounds like it is not going to get any better. General Manager Walt Jocketty has told reporters that they are happy with what they have and that if they do not get any deals done they will still have a team that will contend in the National League Central. Jocketty has said that other teams are asking way too much for a starting pitcher and that is why no deal has been made yet. Teams are asking for Yonder Alonso, Devin Mesoraco or Yasmani Grandal and one or two more prospects for just one top of the rotation starter.
If the Reds do not make a move to get a starter they have been reported to be looking into signing a free agent closer. I really hope this is not true. I would rather go with the in-house idea (Edinson Volquez, Bill Bray, Nick Masset or Sam LeCure) then have them sign another closer for a lot of money. Save the money and get a top end starter next offseason.
I have just learned that the Reds signed RHP Kanekoa Texeira. Texeira has played for Seattle Mariners (2010) and Kansas City Royals. In 2011 for the Royals, he played 6 games and had a 2.84 ERA with 6.1 innings pitched.
Paul Janish might not have the bat that Reds fans would like to see but I really can’t see any other free agents out there that would be able to field as good as him at SS and if Zack Cozart does not work out like expected the Reds will need Janish big time.
Bill Bray and Nick Masset are going to be very important players in 2012 for the Cincinnati Reds with Francisco Cordero leaving to free agency. Homer Bailey should do well as a starter in 2012 if he can stay healthy and Edinson Volquez might become the Reds closer.
The Reds have also signed 26-year-old Andrew Brackman (born in Cincinnati) who played 3 games for New York Yankees in 2011. He was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 1st round (30th pick) of the 2007 amateur draft. I am not sure if he is ready to be a starter in the big leagues yet but it is a good signing for the Reds. It shows that they are doing something at least.
The second day of the Winter Meetings has gone by and nothing has been done by the Reds front office which is a good thing considering they have a lot of young prospects on their roster. In my mind, no news is very good news. It means they will not be throwing away prospects in order to get a #3 or lower starter who would get eaten up in GABP.
A lot of arm-chair GM’s want the Reds to trade for Atlanta Braves pitcher Jair Jurrjens and think they should give up Yonder Alonso and Yasmani Grandal and some even say the Reds will have to give up even more than that. Sad thing is, there is not just one person saying this, there are a lot out there that think Jurrjens would be the right fit for Cincinnati Reds. I really wish these people would stop thinking that way. Like I have stated many times before, Walt Jocketty does not make deals like that. If he did, they would not have players like Joey Votto, Jay Bruce, Drew Stubbs and Homer Bailey. Sure the last two are not really panning out as well as Bruce and Votto but it just shows that Jocketty and the front office still hold them up very high. Which is why I really doubt they will trade away someone like Yonder Alonso or Yasmani Grandal for a #3 starter in the rotation. Now many will say, you have to trade good players to get good players and I understand that very well. I just don’t think trading two #1 picks or more away for a starting pitcher that might not do very well in Great American Ball Park is a very wise move. I would rather have Travis Wood or another young pitcher play and save those young position players for when we really need them.
The Reds are also shopping for a closing pitcher which they might just turn around and use in-house pitchers like Sam LeCure, Edinson Volquez or Bill Bray. If the Reds do end up looking outside of the team for a closer it will most likely be a cheap player that they will be able to afford for 2 to 3 seasons.
Other news yesterday was that they are looking for a right-handed power hitting left fielder along with an older cheap SS / INF who would be able to play all positions to help Dusty Baker out when players get injured. I would not expect them to pay too much for these two players and I would not expect it to be long contracts either because they really want to have room for their younger players later on.
I still don’t think much will happen at the Winter Meetings for the Reds because of the fact that every team and their dog is looking for the exact same thing that they are looking for and many of these teams have way more to trade away. And to tell you the truth I am ok with the Reds just staying where they are until players like Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder get taken off the free agent list. That way they can plan better with what they will really need to push forward in 2012.