Tagged: Sam LeCure

#Reds lose another tough one to #Padres

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.

Zack Cozart safe

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.

Mat  Latos

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.


#Reds 14 or more runs in 2000

Rk         Date  Tm Opp    Rslt AB  R  H HR RBI BB LOB
13   2005-08-19 CIN ARI  W 17-3 36 17 15  4  17  9   8
14   2001-08-26 CIN MON  W 17-4 48 17 20  4  17  2   6
16   2007-06-22 CIN SEA  W 16-1 42 16 16  5  15  6   9
19   2002-08-04 CIN SDP W 15-10 43 15 17  5  15  5   7
20   2000-07-13 CIN COL  W 15-6 40 15 13  5  15  3   3
26   2010-05-28 CIN HOU  W 15-6 43 15 19  3  15  5   9
27   2010-07-04 CIN CHC  W 14-3 43 14 16  7  14  3   5

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Generated 11/4/2012.

May 28, 2010 (Astros 6 at Reds 15)
How many remember this game?

Sutton’s grand slam

Batting                 AB  R  H RBI BB SO
Orlando Cabrera  SS      5  1  1   0  0  0
Ramon Hernandez  1B      1  0  1   1  0  0
Miguel Cairo  1B-3B      5  3  3   0  1  1
Brandon Phillips  2B     6  2  3   3  0  2
Scott Rolen  3B          4  2  2   1  0  0
Mike Lincoln  P          1  0  0   0  0  0
Micah Owings  P          0  0  0   0  0  0
Jonny Gomes  LF          4  2  4   4  1  0
Jay Bruce  RF            4  0  0   1  1  2
Drew Stubbs  CF          5  1  1   1  0  3
Ryan Hanigan  C          3  2  2   0  2  0
Sam LeCure  P            3  1  0   0  0  0
Drew Sutton  PH-3B-SS    2  1  2   4  0  0
Team Totals             43 15 19  15  5  8

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Generated 11/4/2012.

July 4, 2010 (Reds 14 at Cubs 3)
Do you remember this one?

Stubbs’ solo shot

Stubbs’ second homer

Stubbs’ third homer

Batting                AB  R  H RBI BB SO
Brandon Phillips  2B    6  1  2   1  0  1
Orlando Cabrera  SS     5  3  3   0  0  0
Joey Votto  1B          1  0  0   0  0  1
Paul Janish  3B         4  3  4   3  0  0
Jonny Gomes  LF         5  1  1   2  0  0
Logan Ondrusek  P       0  0  0   0  0  0
Micah Owings  P         0  0  0   0  0  0
Ramon Hernandez  C      2  0  1   2  0  0
Corky Miller  PH-C      3  1  1   1  0  1
Jay Bruce  RF           4  1  1   0  1  2
Miguel Cairo  3B-1B     4  1  0   0  1  0
Drew Stubbs  CF         5  3  3   5  0  0
Mike Leake  P           3  0  0   0  1  0
Nick Masset  P          0  0  0   0  0  0
Chris Heisey  LF        1  0  0   0  0  0
Team Totals            43 14 16  14  3  5

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Generated 11/4/2012.

Behind every good Mo, there is a man

It is that time of year again when men all over the World grow a mustache for men’s health. Last season I was on Cincinnati Reds pitcher Sam LeCure’s team. This season for some strange reason I can not join his team but I am trying to raise money as I grow my Mo. Please go to the page and donate today.

My Mo Page
Sam LeCure’s Mo Page

Thank you for your support.

Reds roster and staff

Here is the 40-Man Roster for the Cincinnati Reds as of today. This of course is not counting Ryan Ludwick who is still not official yet.

        Cincinnati Reds 40-Man Roster
 #     Pitchers         B/T  Ht    Wt     DOB 
33 Jose Arredondo       R-R 6'0"  175  Mar 12, 1984 
61 Bronson Arroyo       R-R 6'4"  195  Feb 24, 1977 
34 Homer Bailey         R-R 6'3"  200  May 3, 1986 
   Andrew Brackman      R-R 6'10" 230  Dec 4, 1985 
45 Bill Bray            L-L 6'3"  225  Jun 5, 1983 
54 Aroldis Chapman      L-L 6'4"  195  Feb 28, 1988 
47 Johnny Cueto         R-R 5'10" 220  Feb 15, 1986 
46 Carlos Fisher        R-R 6'4"  225  Feb 22, 1983 
   Josh Judy            R-R 6'4"  200  Feb 9, 1986 
   Mat Latos            R-R 6'6"  225  Dec 9, 1987 
44 Mike Leake           R-R 6'1"  185  Nov 12, 1987 
63 Sam LeCure           R-R 6'1"  205  May 4, 1984 
   Kyle Lotzkar         L-R 6'4"  200  Oct 24, 1989 
   Ryan Madson          L-R 6'6"  200  Aug 28, 1980 
   Sean Marshall        L-L 6'7"  220  Aug 30, 1982 
40 Nick Masset          R-R 6'4"  240  May 17, 1982 
66 Logan Ondrusek       R-R 6'8"  230  Feb 13, 1985 
62 Jordan Smith         R-R 6'4"  220  Feb 4, 1986 
   Pedro Villarreal     R-R 6'1"  215  Dec 9, 1987 

 #     Catchers         B/T Ht     Wt     DOB 
29 Ryan Hanigan         R-R 6'0"  200  Aug 16, 1980 
39 Devin Mesoraco       R-R 6'1"  220  Jun 19, 1988 

 #   Infielders         B/T Ht     Wt     DOB 
43 Miguel Cairo         R-R 6'1"  220  May 4, 1974 
2  Zack Cozart          R-R 6'0"  195  Aug 12, 1985 
25 Juan Francisco       L-R 6'2"  240  Jun 24, 1987 
21 Todd Frazier         R-R 6'3"  220  Feb 12, 1986 
   Didi Gregorius       L-R 6'1"  175  Feb 18, 1990 
7  Paul Janish          R-R 6'2"  200  Oct 12, 1982 
   Donald Lutz          L-R 6'3"  235  Feb 6, 1989 
71 Kristopher Negron    R-R 6'0"  180  Feb 1, 1986 
4  Brandon Phillips     R-R 6'0"  205  Jun 28, 1981 
   Henry Rodriguez      S-R 5'10" 150  Feb 9, 1990 
27 Scott Rolen          R-R 6'4"  245  Apr 4, 1975 
   Neftali Soto         R-R 6'2"  180  Feb 28, 1989 
3  Chris Valaika        R-R 6'0"  210  Aug 14, 1985 
19 Joey Votto           L-R 6'3"  220  Sep 10, 1983 

 #   Outfielders        B/T Ht     Wt      DOB 
32 Jay Bruce            L-L 6'3"  225  Apr 3, 1987 
28 Chris Heisey         R-R 6'0"  225  Dec 14, 1984 
   Denis Phipps         R-R 6'3"  210  Jul 22, 1985 
6  Drew Stubbs          R-R 6'4"  200  Oct 4, 1984 


        Cincinnati Reds Coaching Staff 
Manager & Coaches 
 #     Name            Position 
12 Dusty Baker         Manager 
49 Brook Jacoby        Batting Coach 
38 Bryan Price         Pitching Coach 
   Mack Jenkins        Assistant Pitching Coach 
22 Billy Hatcher       First Base Coach 
41 Mark Berry          Third Base Coach 
35 Chris Speier        Bench Coach 
59 Juan Lopez          Bullpen Coach 
72 Mike Stefanski      Bullpen Catcher 

      Name             Position 
 Terry Reynolds        Director of Pro Scouting 
 J Harrison            Scout 
 Marty Maier           Scout 
 Jeff Morris           Scout 
 John Morris           Scout 
 Shawn Pender          Scout 
 Steve Roadcap         Scout 
 Mike Squires          Scout 
 Jeff Taylor           Scout 
 Dominic Viola         Scout 
 Jerry Walker          Scout 
 Joe Morgan            Baseball Operations Assistant 
 Paul Lessard          Athletic Trainer 
 Mark Riggins          Minor League Pitching Coordinator 
 Rick Sweet            Coordinator, Catching 


     Cincinnati Reds Broadcasters 

Marty Brennaman
Thom Brennaman
Chris Welsh 
Jeff Brantley
Jim Kelch
George Grande
Sean Casey
Kent Mercker


I like Zavada and not just for his mustache

Clay Zavada has joined the Cincinnati Reds and besides the killer mustache there is another reason I like having this kid on the team. His birthday is on June 28th. The same as mine, Brandon Phillips and Chris Speier. I wrote already about Brandon Phillips and Chris Speier in my post, I share my birthday with and I talked a little about Zavada in my post, ‘Oh Mo!’ – LeCure better look out. I have not had a chance to see him pitch too much lately but hopefully this spring training I will be able to see a lot more and of course I hope he will get on the 40-man roster so I can see him pitch even more. He will have a lot of competition though so only time will tell.

I am starting to think Walt Jocketty likes me. I think he has been reading my posts and thinking of ways to make me happy. Or, it is just a fluke that the Reds signed another players that has the same birthday as me. Zavada and Phillips are the only active players that I know of right now that were born on June 28th. I stated before that I would love to see Zavada and Sam LeCure pitching in the bullpen in 2012. People have already been calling this seasons bullpen the Ma-sty Boys, I think we will have to change that to the Ma-stachey Boys. Of course Zavada will have to prove himself worthy at spring training and there are a lot of great pitchers going to be trying to get big league jobs. With all of these pitchers being invited to spring training I am starting to think another trade is coming very soon where the Reds will send some of their out of options pitchers for bench players. When Mark Sheldon asked Walt Jocketty about LF and SS/INF he said, “Hopefully, by next week I’d like to have both of them resolved.

Funny story before I end this post; I was looking through all of the players that have or had a birthday on June 28th and saw Clay Zavada’s name and thought to myself, it would be nice if Walt could get this kid so then I can write more about June 28th. 2012 is going to be a great year and I am going to have fun celebrating my birthday this year. Thanks Walt.

‘Oh Mo!’ – LeCure better look out

Left-handed pitchers Ron Mahay and Clay Zavada signed Minor League contracts with Cincinnati Reds and are invited to spring training as non-roster players. [Source – Mark Sheldon]

When I saw the picture of Clay Zavada I thought of Sam LeCure right away. There’s a new ‘stache in town and Sam better bring his grooming gear this spring. I would love to see these two guys in the bullpen opening day. They would make a deadly righty/lefty combination. Hitters would be staring at the mustaches instead of the pitch. Update: Sam LeCure was asked on twitter what he thought and said, “I’m impressed by this dudes stache craft. Throw @Corky_Miller in there bc he’s basically the godfather of it all” [ Tweet ]

Sam Lecure

Sam LeCure

Clay Zavada

Clay Zavada

2011 Reds pitching SIERA

Today, I wanted to discuss Cincinnati Reds SIERA (Skill-Interactive ERA) numbers for 2011, using the pitchers on the roster now. “The league-average for starting pitchers is a 3.81 SIERA; the league-average for relievers is a 3.40 SIERA.” Zack Greinke had a 2.66 SIERA followed by Cliff Lee 2.72 SIERA and Roy Halladay 2.79 SIERA. Jonathan Papelbon had a 1.58 SIERA in 2011. I got all of the SIERA stats from my updated Reds pitchers list on fangraphs.com.

Cincinnati Reds pitchers SIERA 2011

Name        SIERA
Cueto        3.93
Latos        3.48
Arroyo       4.57
Bailey       3.78
Leake        3.76
Chapman      3.65

Madson       2.63
Marshall     2.20
Masset       3.58
Ondrusek     4.27
Bray         3.45
LeCure       3.01
Arredondo    4.12
Fisher       4.32
Judy         4.62
Brackman     8.69

Of course when trying to determine how good a pitcher really is, it is best to use many different stats in order to better judge each pitcher. SIERA is just one way to judge a pitcher and how well he has done. For more information about SIERA please go and read all the great posts on fangraphs.com

2r2d Podcast: Episode 1 (01.03.12)

I wanted to try out a podcast to start off 2012. I am not sure if I will do a lot of podcasts but if feedback is good it might become a welcome addition to the blog. This first episode is about what I have posted on 2r2d blog. Mat Latos, Sean Marshall and Josh Judy are talked about in this episode.

2r2d Podcast: Episode 1 (01.03.12).


Happy New Year

I would like to wish you all a very Happy New Year! I hope 2012 brings everyone nothing but great health and happiness and of course another World Series Championship to the Cincinnati Reds.

Cincinnati Reds roster as of the end of 2011:
Jose Arredondo, Bronson Arroyo, Homer Bailey, Bill Bray, Aroldis Chapman, Johnny Cueto, Carlos Fisher, Josh Judy, Mat Latos, Mike Leake, Sam LeCure, Kyle Lotzkar, Sean Marshall, Nick Masset, Logan Ondrusek, Jordan Smith, Pedro Villarreal, Ryan Hanigan, Devin Mesoraco, Miguel Cairo, Zack Cozart, Juan Francisco, Todd Frazier, Didi Gregorius, Paul Janish, Donald Lutz, Kristopher Negron, Brandon Phillips, Henry Rodriguez, Scott Rolen, Neftali Soto, Chris Valaika, Joey Votto, Jay Bruce, Chris Heisey, Denis Phipps, Drew Stubbs.

Louisville Bats:
Scott Carroll, Nick Christiani, Tom Cochran, Jerry Gil, Brandon Hynick, Joseph Krebs, Chad Reineke, Clayton Tanner, Daryl Thompson, Travis Webb, Corky Miller, James Skelton, Jose Castro, Mike Costanzo, Daniel Dorn, Quintin Berry, David Cook, Michael Griffin, Felix Perez.

Bakersfield Blaze:
Tim Crabbe, Matt Fairel, Scott Gaffney, Tyree Hayes, Daniel Jensen, Christopher Manno, Ruben Medina, Daniel Renken, Doug Salinas, Mark Serrano, Clayton Shunick, J.C. Sulbaran, Mace Thurman, Jamie Walczak, Chase Ware, Julio Morillo, Jordan Wideman, Phillip Bauer, Alex Buchholz, Jorge Jimenez, Devin Lohman, Carlos Mendez, Chris Richburg, Stephen Hunt, Andrew Means, Welinton Ramirez, Dayne Read.

Dayton Dragons:
Mitch Clarke, Daniel Corcino, Pat Doyle, Stalin Gerson, Drew Hayes, Blaine Howell, Jacob Johnson, Luca Panerati, Brian Pearl, Tanner Robles, Chad Rogers, Josh Smith, Daniel Wolford, Tucker Barnhart, Chris Berset, Dominic D’Anna, Brandon Dailey, Billy Hamilton, Frank Pfister, David Vidal, Theo Bowe, Juan Duran, Josh Garton, Jaren Matthews, Brennan May, Kurtis Muller, Drew Poulk, Yorman Rodriguez, Jefry Sierra.

Billings Mustangs:
James Allen, Jason Braun, Tony Cingrani, Carlos Contreras, Nick Fleece, Aguido Gonzalez, Carlos Gonzalez, Cole Green, Ismael Guillon, Christopher Joyce, Ryan Kemp, Matt Leonard, Porfirio Martinez, Kyle McMyne, Erik Miller, James Moran, Wes Mugarian, El’Hajj Muhammad, Brooks Pinckard, Radhames Quezada, Patrick Quinn, Yovan Gonzalez, Danny Vicioso, Junior Arias, Sean Buckley, Sammy Diaz, Robert Maddox, Nick O’Shea, Juan Perez, Cristobal Rodriguez, Ryan Wright, Spencer Dickinson, Jon Matthews, Steven Selsky, Juan Silva, Bryson Smith, Kyle Waldrop,

(These rosters were taken off of the Reds affiliates web page and might be wrong now. Some of the links might not go to the right players. Please let me know if you find any that do not go to the right players and I will fix it.)

“The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades”

I was thinking about doing a Best of 2011 post but then saw that everyone beat me to it. Instead of looking at the past I think it is best to forget about 2011 and think about what the Reds will do in 2012.

So instead of looking back and listening to “Objects in the Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer than They Are” we will turn up “The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades” and get ready for one heck of a 2012 season.

Joey Votto should have another great season both at the plate and with the glove. Brandon Phillips will play the best he has ever played in order to prove he is worth an extension and Zack Cozart will show everyone he deserves to be on the roster. Scott Rolen will be injury free and helping the team become champions. Chris Heisey, Todd Frazier, Miguel Cairo, Paul Janish and Juan Francisco will get in some good playing time in 2012. Drew Stubbs will hit the ball on the ground and leg out some base hits then steal his way into scoring position. Jay Bruce will keep hitting well and getting a lot more RBIs. Ryan Hanigan will go on to become a great on base percentage threat in 2012 along with sharing some time with Devin Mesoraco who might have a rough start but should go on to become a great catcher for many years to come.

As for pitching I am very excited to see how well the starting rotation will take shape after spring training. Will Mat Latos become the next pitcher to throw a no-hitter in a Reds jersey? Will Johnny Cueto lock in the #1 spot after spring training and show everyone he is ready for the job? Can Bronson Arroyo bounce back and become the solid inning eating pitcher we all remember so well? Homer Bailey, Aroldis Chapman and Sam LeCure will have fun fighting for the last rotation spot during spring training. Mike Leake will become even more deadly in 2012 proving his is capable of becoming a solid top of the rotation starter also.

There are still a lot of question marks when it comes to the Reds roster as we head closer and closer to spring training but Walt Jocketty is getting the job done and I am very happy with the progress so far. Sean Marshall and Mat Latos are great players to have on the team and should help out a lot in 2012. I seriously did not ever expect Walt to get deals like this done this offseason. It was a gutsy call and I am looking forward to watching it pay off.