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Options at LF all depend on Cordero signing


John Fay reports that Cody Ross, Rick Ankiel, Ryan Ludwick and Kosuke Fukudome are some of the guys being looked at by Cincinnati Reds to help play LF in 2012. Of course this all depends with what happens with free agent closer Francisco Cordero. If he re-signs with the Reds they will have less money to go after position players and if he does not re-sign they will have more money to play with in order to get the players they need. A lot of fans are hoping it is Cody Ross. I for one would rather have one of the other three players due to the fact that they have played more in the National League Central Division. [Source]

I wanted to take a look and see how well these guys have done in Great American Ball Park before giving a guess at which one Walt Jocketty and the Reds front office will go for. Of course, money is always an issue when it comes to who they will get but I am not going to look to far into that right now and give each player a chance. I also wanted to see how well each player has done in other National League Central Division ball parks.


Cody Ross – At Great American Ball Park Ross has played 16 games, going 6 for 41 (.146 BA) with 2 home runs.

                                                          
              Split  G AB  H HR   BA  OBP  SLG  OPS BAbip
     CHC-Wrigley Fld 19 67 16  4 .239 .311 .463 .773  .273
    CIN-GreatAmer BP 16 41  6  2 .146 .255 .293 .548  .154
    HOU-MinuteMaidPk 14 45 10  0 .222 .271 .267 .537  .303
       MIL-Miller Pk  9 24  3  1 .125 .154 .292 .446  .118
          PIT-PNC Pk 14 51 12  2 .235 .264 .471 .735  .238
    STL-Busch Stad 3 16 57 18  2 .316 .361 .474 .834  .421

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Generated 1/5/2012.


Rick Ankiel – Ankiel at Great American Ball Park is similar to Ross. He has played 16 games there, getting 10 hits with 59 at bats with 3 home runs.

                                                             
               Split   G  AB   H HR   BA  OBP  SLG  OPS BAbip
     CHC-Wrigley Fld  19  56  10  1 .179 .233 .339 .573  .243
    CIN-GreatAmer BP  16  59  10  3 .169 .265 .339 .604  .171
    HOU-MinuteMaidPk  21  60  18  1 .300 .364 .433 .797  .395
       MIL-Miller Pk  19  57  11  1 .193 .281 .246 .527  .263
          PIT-PNC Pk  17  47  13  3 .277 .346 .511 .857  .345
    STL-Busch Stad 3 150 489 127 24 .260 .324 .472 .797  .286

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Ryan Ludwick – Ludwick has seen more games at Great American Ball Park. In 30 games he has 29 hits in 105 at bats with 9 home runs.

                                                              
               Split   G  AB   H HR   BA  OBP  SLG   OPS BAbip
     CHC-Wrigley Fld  32 109  38  7 .349 .408 .633 1.041  .397
    CIN-GreatAmer BP  30 105  29  9 .276 .321 .600  .921  .274
    HOU-MinuteMaidPk  24  84  21  2 .250 .289 .393  .682  .373
       MIL-Miller Pk  31 117  27  4 .231 .318 .385  .703  .295
          PIT-PNC Pk  52 171  43  6 .251 .326 .433  .759  .306
    STL-Busch Stad 3 242 768 223 34 .290 .366 .505  .871  .331

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Kosuke Fukudome – Fukudome has had some success in Great American Ball Park also. In 24 games he has gone 21 for 83 with 4 home runs.

                                                              
               Split   G  AB   H HR   BA  OBP  SLG   OPS BAbip
     CHC-Wrigley Fld 264 809 226 17 .279 .388 .415  .803  .326
    CIN-GreatAmer BP  24  83  21  4 .253 .340 .470  .810  .274
    HOU-MinuteMaidPk  17  59  14  1 .237 .338 .356  .694  .265
       MIL-Miller Pk  26  92  31  5 .337 .413 .652 1.066  .361
          PIT-PNC Pk  19  74  20  1 .270 .382 .392  .774  .306
    STL-Busch Stad 3  26  90  20  2 .222 .317 .356  .673  .250

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Ryan Madson and Cincinnati Reds


Some people think Ryan Madson is an option for the Cincinnati Reds. I am one of those fans that really hope Walt Jocketty and the Reds front office either re-sign Francisco Cordero or go with in-house options. Ryan Madson is rumored to be looking for a one year deal and there are only two teams that really are good suitors for him right now. The Reds and Los Angeles Angels. [Source]

In 8 games (8 IP) Madson has given up 4 home runs in Great American Ball Park. I really don’t think he is the kind of closer the Reds need right now. Even if it is for only one year this deal just does not work for the Reds. Cordero at 2 years would make a lot more sense for the team since they already know he is durable and can pitch well in GABP.

There is no doubt that Ryan Madson is a great pitcher and with some of the National League Central teams he has a great ERA, but as we all know judging relief pitchers off of ERA is not always the best way to do it. I was more interested in how many home runs he gave up. I really hope Madson is not a real option that the Reds are looking into and I wish a reporter close to the Reds would finally ask Walt Jocketty about it so then we could crush this rumor before it gets worse. If Cordero does not re-sign I really think they will go with in-house guys like Walt said. Now don’t get me wrong, having Madson on the team would be nice but maybe as setup man with Sean Marshall for closer Cordero. But, I really doubt the Reds would have money for that because Madson’s agent is Scott Boras and we all know Boras loves to get big bucks for his guys. With that said, I think the Reds would save money by re-signing Cordero for 2 or 3 years.


Career numbers for Ryan Madson at Great American Ball Park.

                                                  
               Split W L  ERA G  IP  H ER HR  WHIP
    CIN-GreatAmer BP 1 1 7.88 8 8.0 10  7  4 1.500

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Generated 12/30/2011.


Career numbers for Ryan Madson in National League Central Ball Parks.

                                                          
               Split W L  ERA  G SV   IP  H ER HR SO  WHIP
     CHC-Wrigley Fld 0 1 5.68  9  1  6.1  7  4  2  7 1.421
    CIN-GreatAmer BP 1 1 7.88  8  3  8.0 10  7  4  8 1.500
    HOU-MinuteMaidPk 0 1 4.15  9  0  8.2 12  4  1  8 1.615
       MIL-Miller Pk 0 1 1.42  8  3  6.1  7  1  0  5 1.579
          PIT-PNC Pk 1 1 4.50  6  0  8.0  9  4  2  6 1.250
    STL-Busch Stad 3 0 0 1.93 11  0 14.0  8  3  2 10 0.929

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Career numbers for Ryan Madson vs. National League Central teams.

                                                          
                  Split W L  ERA  G SV   IP  H ER HR  WHIP
           Chicago Cubs 1 1 5.51 20  2 16.1 20 10  4 1.531
        Cincinnati Reds 4 4 6.99 24  3 28.1 33 22  7 1.412
         Houston Astros 0 3 4.15 21  1 21.2 25 10  2 1.292
      Milwaukee Brewers 3 1 1.74 18  4 20.2 19  4  1 1.258
     Pittsburgh Pirates 2 1 2.08 14  2 17.1 15  4  2 0.923
    St. Louis Cardinals 1 1 1.72 22  0 31.1 19  6  2 0.830

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Generated 12/30/2011.


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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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.


What is the big deal?


Why is Albert Pujols moving to the American League such a big deal to a Cincinnati Reds fan? He was one of the most dangerous hitters to ever face the team that is why.

Over his career playing for St. Louis Cardinals he hit 20 home runs in 266 at bats in Great American Ball Park. He has a .316 BA, .404 OBP and a .598 SLG in GABP. Of course he hit 20 or more home runs in other Central Division teams ball parks too but it took 20 or more games to do it. In Great American Ball Park he hit 20 in 68 games. Against Chicago Cubs in Wrigley Field he hit 26 HR in 85 games. Against Houston Astros in Minute Maid Park he hit 24 in 91 games. Pittsburgh Pirates in PNC Park saw him hit 29 home runs in 89 games. The only park he did not hit 20 in was against Milwaukee Brewers in Miller Park where he got 19 HR in 81 games. In his career against the Reds, Albert has hit 46 home runs in 172 games.

Now that the Machine is gone to the Angels there is another player that is on my radar this offseason and that is Prince Fielder. Of course Prince has not been around as long as Albert Pujols but having him out of the Central Division in 2012 will really help the Reds out big time.

Prince has also seen the ball very well in Great American Ball Park. In 52 games, 186 at bats he has hit 11 home runs getting a .323 BA, .422 OBP and .581 SLG. Against the Reds in his career Fielder has gotten 22 home runs in 102 games.

This of course shows just a part of the reason why I would like them both out of the National League Central but another big part is what these men do for their teams lineups on those days they are playing. Many players on their teams see a lot more pitches because of them in the game. I think Ryan Braun will not have such a great season in 2012 because of Fielder not batting in the same lineup. And of course the guys on the Cardinals will not be seeing as many good pitches as they used to when Albert was with them. These players will go on to hit well no matter what but they just won’t see the same pitches they once did when these two big boys were batting before or after them in the batting order. The Reds pitchers will have a chance to pitch a little better knowing that they don’t have to face these big bats every time they face that team.

No matter what the Reds front office does or doesn’t do this offseason having Prince Fielder and Albert Pujols go to different teams outside of the Central Division will be a huge factor in how well these teams do in the standings in 2012. Many people still believe St. Louis Cardinals will take the division and I have to disagree. There are way to many factors involved here that make their team completely different from the 2011 team. Their manager and first basemen are just two of those major factors. Will the Brewers really be able to take first without Prince? I highly doubt they will even with the guys they have they still will need that big bat to help out the rest of the lineup. Right now with what deals have been made this offseason, I give Pittsburgh Pirates a better chance of winning than St. Louis or Milwaukee. The Reds of course really need to have an injury free season for their main players in order to make a push for the division and Houston is gearing up for their move to the American League,

There is still a lot left in the offseason and some big moves can still be made to better each team but with Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson off to the Angels and of course Jose Reyes and Mark Buehrle going to Miami the teams in the National League Central Division are running low on options.