Cincinnati Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco returned from the dl tonight when the Reds played in Philadelphia. And with his first at bat Mesoraco hit his 4th HR of the season in the top of the first inning. I wanted to check his other home runs this season and see where he hit them in the strike zone. This is what I found.
Devin Mesoraco 2014 HR:
Devin Mesoraco homers (1) on a fly ball to left center field. Chris Heisey scores.
Speed Pitch Result 1 93 Fastball (Four-seam) Ball 2 93 Fastball (Four-seam) In play, run(s)
Devin Mesoraco homers (2) on a fly ball to left field. Todd Frazier scores. Jay Bruce scores.
Speed Pitch Result 1 87 Slider Called Strike 2 88 Slider Foul 3 87 Slider In play, run(s)
Devin Mesoraco homers (3) on a line drive to left field.
Speed Pitch Result 1 95 Fastball (Four-seam) Ball 2 95 Fastball (Four-seam) In play, run(s)
Devin Mesoraco homers (4) on a line drive to left field. Billy Hamilton scores. Skip Schumaker scores.
Speed Pitch Result 1 77 Slider Called Strike 2 91 Sinker Ball 3 82 Changeup Ball 4 88 Cutter In play, run(s)
It is that time of the year and rumors are always fun to follow on twitter and around MLB. The latest rumor for the Cincinnati Reds is one that made me read it twice just to make sure I got the name right. Hunter Pence! I have seen Hunter Pence play and although he is a great player, I would not want him on the Reds. I watched him play for the Houston Astros and many times he played against the Reds and did very well. I watched him play for Philadelphia Phillies and play against the Reds and I have seen him play for the San Francisco Giants and play against the Reds and with all of that I have come to one conclusion, I hate when he plays against the Reds! So with that, many of you might say, why not let him play for them then? I have grown to hate the man. (I am sure he is a stand up guy, but I just do not like watching him play.) He is a grinder and one heck of a player to have on your team I am sure, I just have grown to hate him.
In his career Hunter Pence has played the Cincinnati Reds in 78 games, 323 PA with 90 H, 14 HR, 45 RBI and a .297 BA. 40 of those games were played in Great American Ball Park where he had 169 PA, 43 H, 7 HR, 24 RBI and a .270 BA.
#reds have inquired on hunter pence. seek a righty hitter. doesn’t look like a match so far.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) July 29, 2013
— Tim Dierkes (@mlbtrreds) July 29, 2013
In the past few days there have been more moves by Cincinnati Reds and it is hard to believe Walt Jocketty when he says he is finally done. It feels like the man has done more transactions this offseason then he has in the last five seasons combined. First, they made a trade with Philadelphia Phillies for 2B/SS Wilson Valdez for LHP Jeremy Horst. They signed Nick Masset to a two-year contract to avoid arbitration and they signed LHP Jeff Francis to a minor league deal to add more pitching depth. They also signed RHP Ryne Reynoso, INF Joel Guzman and before that, they signed utility player Willie Harris and are still waiting for the official signing of OF Ryan Ludwick. Let us not forget signing Ryan Madson and trading for Sean Marshall and Mat Latos and other minor league and spring training invites to players that will help bring competition to some of the younger guys. [Source – MLB.com]
This offseason has to go down as the most exciting one I have ever experienced as a Reds fan. (Close to 20 years) No matter the outcome right now I have to say Walt Jocketty has really done a great job on finding players that will help the team win in 2012. With a tight budget he had to be very clever in who he traded for and signed but after all the smoke clears I think he got the best players for what he had available. With upgrades in the starting rotation, bullpen and as closer along with a solid bench upgrade the team is looking great for spring training which is just around the corner.
With everyone still waiting on the official news of Cincinnati Reds signing closer Ryan Madson I thought maybe we should discuss saves and how many Madson will have to get in order to make his mark in just one season. Jeff Brantley holds the Reds single season save record with 44 saves in 1996. Ryan Madson got 32 saves last season for Philadelphia Phillies.
Jeff Brantley had 49 save opportunities and blew 5 saves in 1996 to walk out with a 90% SV%. Ryan Madson had 34 save opportunities and blew 2 saves in 2011 to get a 94% SV%. Francisco Cordero had 43 save opportunities and blew 6 saves in 2011 (86% SV%) and in 2010 he had 48 SVOpp with 8 BSv with a 83% SV%.
Will Ryan Madson break the single season save record in 2012? It is hard to say but it sure would be a great year if he came close. Francisco Cordero came close to beating the record while he was with the Reds with 40 saves in 2010. Jeff Shaw had 42 in 1997 and Danny Graves had 41 in 2004. Danny Graves of course has the most saves in Reds history with 182 and Cordero gets second with 150. With Madson only signing a one year contract I am sure he will not be around long enough to challenge that record but the single season record is all his if he can get the opportunities.
Kerry Wood might be leaving Chicago Cubs to sign with Philadelphia Phillies. If this happens it will go down as another move this offseason that will help the Cincinnati Reds in 2012 which they did not have to make. [Source]
Kerry Wood has a career 14-6 record against the Reds with a 2.85 ERA. With 201 strike outs while only giving up 59 walks in 161.1 IP and 47 games. He has a 4-3 record at Great American Ball Park and a 4.05 ERA with 66 strike outs and 17 walks along with only allowing 7 home runs in 53.1 innings pitched. (17 games)
If Kerry Wood does leave the Cubs this will be another move that has pushed the Reds closer to first place in the National League Central without them making any other moves. The Reds did get Sean Marshall and Mat Latos in trades earlier this offseason and are waiting to find out if they will re-sign closer Francisco Cordero but other than that they have not had to really do much more.
This has been one very interesting offseason for Reds fans. First we saw Albert Pujols along with manager Tony LaRussa leave St. Louis Cardinals. Prince Fielder is not expected to return to Milwaukee Brewers and Ryan Braun is expected to get a 50 game suspension due to testing positive for PEDs. The Chicago Cubs are cleaning house and are dealing away most of their high salary players like Carlos Zambrano and there are still rumors that Matt Garza might be next. Houston Astros are in a rebuilding year and are getting ready to move to the American League. Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds are the only teams in National League Central that have not been losing lots of their key players this offseason.
When I look over this list it makes me wonder what if the Cincinnati Reds front office could have seen into the future. Would they have picked differently? One thing to note is that Joey Votto was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 2nd round of the 2002 amateur draft.
- David Espinosa was Cincinnati Reds #1 pick (23rd)
- Adam Wainwright was Atlanta Braves #1 pick (29th)
- Jeremy Sowers was Cincinnati Reds #1 pick (20th)
- David Wright was New York Mets #1 pick (38th)
- Chris Gruler was Cincinnati Reds #1 pick (3rd)
- Zack Greinke was Kansas City Royals #1 pick (6th)
- Prince Fielder was Milwaukee Brewers #1 pick (7th)
- Cole Hamels was Philadelphia Phillies #1 pick (17th)
- Matt Cain was San Francisco Giants # 1 pick (25th)
- Ryan Wagner was Cincinnati Reds #1 pick (14th)
- Chad Billingsley was Los Angeles Dodgers #1 pick (24th)
- Homer Bailey was Cincinnati Reds #1 pick (7th)
- Jered Weaver was Los Angeles Angels #1 pick (12th)
- Jay Bruce was Cincinnati Reds #1 pick (12th)
- Jacoby Ellsbury was Boston Red Sox #1 pick (23rd)
- Matt Garza was Minnesota Twins #1 pick (25th)
- Drew Stubbs was Cincinnati Reds #1 pick (8th)
- Tim Lincecum was San Francisco Giants #1 pick (10th)
- Devin Mesoraco was Cincinnati Reds #1 pick (15th)
- J.P. Arencibia was Toronto Blue Jays #1 pick (21st)
- Rick Porcello was Detroit Tigers #1 pick (27th)
- Yonder Alonso was Cincinnati Reds #1 pick (7th)
- Brett Lawrie was Milwaukee Brewers #1 pick (16th)
- Ike Davis was New York Mets #1 pick (18th)
- Mike Leake was Cincinnati Reds #1 pick (8th)
- [Leake is the best player so far in that class even doing better than the number one pick Stephen Strasburg in WAR.]
- Yasmani Grandal was Cincinnati Reds #1 pick (12th)
- Chris Sale was Chicago White Sox #1 pick (13th)
- Robert Stephenson was Cincinnati Reds #1 pick (27th)
In 1971 Cincinnati Reds had 79 wins and 83 losses. The very same record they finished with in 2011.
In 1970 they finished with 102 wins with 60 losses. Losing 4 games to 1 in the World Series against Baltimore Orioles. (108-54) As we all know in 2010 the Reds had 91 wins and 71 losses not making it to the World Series but they still made the playoffs losing 3 games and getting swept by Philadelphia Phillies. (97-65)
In 1972 the Reds got 95 wins and 59 losses and returned to the World Series to lose again 4 games to 3 against Oakland Athletics. (93-62)
If history is so kind to repeat itself, this means the Reds should do very well in 2012 and make the playoffs again. Maybe even make it to the World Series.
From what the Reds have done this offseason it does not look to promising but there is still time and you never know what Walt Jocketty has planned until he makes the deal.
With lots of people feeling many different kinds of emotions because of Albert Pujols signing with Los Angeles Angels I thought of another player that left a team after being there for many years, Pete Rose.
Pete Edward Rose Sr. signed with Cincinnati Reds as an amateur free agent in 1960. He debuted on Monday, April 8, 1963, at Crosley Field against Pittsburgh Pirates. He batted second in the batting order ahead of Vada Pinson and Frank Robinson and went 0 for 3 with one strike out, one walk and one run scored. He played 2B that day. His final game was on Sunday, August 17, 1986, at Riverfront Stadium against San Diego Padres. He pinch hit for Ron Robinson and went 0 for 1 with one strike out.
At 22 years old I am sure Pete Rose never imagined he would go on to play in Major League Baseball for 24 seasons, 19 of them with Cincinnati Reds.
I don’t know what it was like when he signed as a free agent to the Philadelphia Phillies in 1979 but I am sure Reds fans back then felt pretty much the same way Cardinals fans feel today with Albert Pujols leaving to go to Los Angeles. One thing that might help those fans feel better is; Pete Rose came back to the Reds in 1984 and played a few more years well into his 40s.
So Cardinals fans before you start burning your Albert Pujols jerseys remember that he was a huge part of that ball club for many years and without him your team would not have seen as many great playoff runs and of course even some of the great players that came to play for the Cardinals. Players like Pujols don’t come along every day. Be happy that you got to watch him become the player he is today and that he helped your community for many years. There are many different factors involved into his decision that many of us will never understand. It is not just him wanting more money, (if that was the case he would have clearly signed with Miami.) Another thing that they should be happy about is that he signed with a team in the American League instead of a team in the National League or even worse in their same division.
Pete Rose went on to play until he was 45 years old. Albert is now 31 years old. Many think he will not be able to play until he is 41 but I think with being on an American League team with the DH rule he could do it and then some. Having a player like that last until he was 45 would be unbelievable. Can you imagine his hitting stats at the end? Right now at 31 years old Albert Pujols has 2073 hits after 11 seasons with St. Louis Cardinals. Pete Rose had 4256 hits after 24 seasons. After age 40 he had 5 seasons with 100 or more hits. (172 being the most in 1982) If he can stay healthy there is nothing stopping him from doing what Pete Rose did and I really hope he can play out his 10 year contract with the Angels and maybe even play a few more years after that as a pinch hitter returning to St. Louis Cardinals to finish his career. Many baseball fans think that the Angels made a huge mistake by signing him for a 10 year contract and of course we all know the track record for those lengthy contracts but what if Pujols proves them all wrong. What if he does still hit 38 to 40+ home runs well into his late 30s? In 10 years from now will anyone go on to say how dumb the Cardinals front office was for not signing him sooner before he hit free agency? Or will this 10 year contract be just like the rest? Only time will tell and from where I am standing the Angels walk out of this deal very lucky and I am sure the profits in the first three to four years will gladly pay for the rest of his contract no matter if he plays good or not.
At 18 years old in 2007 he played for the GCL Phillies in the Gulf Coast League. 54 games, 200 at bats with a .235 BA, .297 OBP. He then went on to play for Lakewood Blue Claws in the South Atlantic League. He played in 129 games, 460 at bats with a .254 BA and .321 OBP. 2009 he returned to Lakewood to play in 126 games and getting a .236 BA in 450 AB. In 2011 he played for Lakewood and Clearwater Threshers of the Florida State League. He ended the season with a total of 90 games played with 312 at bats and a .231 BA. Looking at these numbers don’t do him much justice considering it was mostly single A but there must be something the Reds front office liked about him to get him.
From the looks of it on his minor league stats they had him playing 3B with 394 games and a 4 season total of .941 Fld% with a 2.56 RF / G.
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