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.
I have to try to stay calm while writing this post and say that I am shocked that a lot of people out there (obviously not Reds fans) don’t think the Cincinnati Reds will do very well in 2012. Some still think St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers will beat them out in National League Central Division.
Some well-respected baseball people think they will only finish a little above .500 and others think the moves they made this offseason will not only not help them in 2012 but that they destroyed their future now. Sure there are some (including myself) that think they are going to go on to win the whole damn thing in 2012 and prove to the World that 2010 was not a fluke. Now they have Mat Latos and Sean Marshall to help with pitching which many feel needed to be addressed right away but there are people who say without Francisco Cordero as the closer they will not get the job done. I have sources for this post but really don’t want to give them any credit since they were so negative towards the Cincinnati Reds and their chances in 2012. They don’t deserve the hits for that kind of talk!
‘There are still a lot of holes.’ ‘They traded away their future.’ ‘They gave up way too much to get what they got.’ These are just a few of the things being said. But on the flip side there are others that say; ‘They are in it to win it in 2012!’ No matter what side of the fence you sit on with this I just have to hope that when the Reds do win and make it to the World Series those doubters won’t be the bandwagon jumpers I despise and say; ‘I knew it all along.’ I know who you are and I will be watching you. (Like my son always does to me, ‘Dad, I am watching you!’ while he puts his two fingers to his eyes then points them to me with a very serious look.) LOL
Have a wonderful holidays doubters and get ready to be proven wrong AGAIN!
While I do agree, two moves in the offseason does not make a below .500 team a champion the next season. The moves were big enough though to help the Reds become a big player in National League Central and possibly in the playoffs if they are not killed with injuries again. I think if they do re-sign Cordero and get a solid (cheap) right-handed outfielder and bench players they should be able to win over 95 games without blinking. Where they stand right now I think this team can pull off 85+ wins without breaking a sweat. Then again, I really think (and hope) Ardolis Chapman is going to have an insane year starting off as the 6th starter then moving up to the number 3 spot in the rotation behind Mat Latos. I also think that in order for this team to really become the team they should in 2012 they need one player to stay off the injury list, Scott Rolen. He is the spark plug to this team, without him playing the youngsters don’t give it their all to win.
I think Scott Rolen and Jonny Gomes were huge motivators in the 2010 season. They showed the kids how to run the base paths even when it was an ‘easy’ out which turned out to push the defence to make more errors. Hustle to first and you might just beat out the throw! And if the ball goes into the outfield you should already be standing on second or trying to go for a triple. Videos of Rolen and Gomes running the base paths in 2010 should be shown to all young baseball players today.
[This post is addressed not to fans of the St. Louis Cardinals or Milwaukee Brewers, I have gotten to meet a few in the past few months and think they are great loyal fans just like myself. (Which I respect.) It is going out to all of those ‘experts’ that think the Reds still don’t have a good team.]
So far the Cincinnati Reds have signed Corky Miller, Chad Reineke, Sean Gallagher, Luis Atilano and Kanekoa Texeira. There are also rumors that they signed Andrew Brackman. I like the Corky Miller deal the most right now.
Most of these guys will be in AAA or AA in 2012 with one or two maybe getting a call up if the Reds get injured like they did in 2011. They are not huge moves that will break the bank and of course they are not moves that will fill the seats in Great American Ball Park either.
Some people think Walt Jocketty is very close to making a deal that will get the Reds a top of the rotation starter. While others, including myself, think they won’t do anything huge besides what they have already done. Look for more minor league contracts to players I have dubbed, ‘Players to be named later.’
Walt is a gambler! He likes to gamble on players and see if he can find a diamond in the rough. Some times that gamble does work but it does not pay off for long. (Jonny Gomes) If one of these players does shine bright I just hope Jocketty will pull the trigger and get rid of the player for good value before that shine starts to fade quickly.
While it is true, Walt Jocketty likes to gamble on signing young players, he does not like to trade away top prospects for one player and hope that gamble pays off. I really can not see him trading away three or four prospects for a starting pitcher this offseason. I can see him signing three or more starting pitching prospects that have not proven themselves at the major league level yet though. So keep your eyes on guys like Matt Torra, Mike Ballard, Ryan Edell, Dallas Trahern, Brian Baker, Chorye Spoone, Rey Gonzalez, Kyler Newby and Jose Quintana.