Cincinnati Reds won today against San Diego Padres (4-1) at PetCo Park in a much-needed win for the Reds. Homer Bailey was pitching great and went 8.1 innings allowing 6 hits, 1 run getting 7 strike outs. He has really become a great pitcher to watch now. Aroldis Chapman pitched 0.2 innings to get his 25th save.
Derrick Robinson went 1 for 4 with 1 run, 1 walk and 1 strike out. He layed down a few very nice bunts in this game and so did Zack Cozart who went 2 for 4 with 1 run and 1 strike out. Cozart batted 7th in the batting order while Robinson batted number 1 again. Chris Heisey went 2 for 5 with 1 run and 1 RBI. Joey Votto went 1 for 4 with 2 RBI while Brandon Phillips went 3 for 5 with a home run. Jay Bruce went 1 for 4 and Todd Frazier continues to slump by going 0 for 4 with 2 strike outs. Corky Miller went 1 for 3 and is always a great player to watch play behind the plate. I still think he will be the manager of the Reds one day. Or should I say, I hope he is the manager of the Reds one day? Either way I really would like to see him manage at the pro level later in his life.
Todd Frazier has not got a hit since July 25 when he went 2 for 4 against Los Angeles Dodgers. He went 0 for 4 with 2 SO July 31. 0 for 4 vs. Padres on July 30. 0 for 3 on July 29 vs. Padres. O for 3 vs. Dodgers on July 28. 0 for 3, July 27 and O for 3 on July 26 vs. the Dodgers. So he went 2 for 24 against Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres in 7 games. Vs. San Francisco Giants the series before he went 8 for 17 with 6 RBI. He is due to come out of the slump and starting hitting again.
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
I will once again say I was very wrong about Homer Bailey and I am very happy the Reds front office never listened to me 2 years ago when I said, “Trade Bailey and Stubbs!” Homer Bailey has really become a great pitcher to watch now. Ryan Hanigan as his catcher has really given him confidence and that shows every time he pitches now. Bailey getting a no-hitter at Great American Ball Park against San Francisco Giants is what this team needed. This should boost the team to really start winning and once again make a push to win it all!
Pitching IP H BB SO BF Pit Str Ctct StS StL GB FB LD Homer Bailey W (5-6) 9 0 1 9 28 109 74 41 16 17 8 10 3
Tuesday 4/24, 7:10 PM ET at Great American Ball Park will be the first Giants vs. Reds series in 2012. Matt Cain will pitch for the Giants while Mat Latos pitches for the Reds. [Probables]
“Cain has thrown nine shutout innings in each of his last two starts, and he’s struck out 15 batters while only allowing four baserunners via walk and hit in that span.” [Source] [vs. Reds] [Career Stats] [Pitch f/x]
I am watching the double-header today with New York Mets vs. San Francisco Giants and from what I have seen so far, the Giants are hitting great and pitching even better. I had a good laugh when the announcers were talking about how bad Tim Lincecum is pitching. He allowed a lot of walks but got some great strikeouts also. They were very vocal on his control issues but I still thought he did pretty good in the first game of the two today. Lincecum went 5 innings allowing 4 hits, 1 run with 5 BB and 8 SO. [Source]
Mat Latos is looking to get his first win this season and hopefully he can go deeper into the game with some run support this time around. I think if the Reds can get some good runs for him to start the game he should be able to keep the game close in order to get his first win of 2012. [vs. Giants] [Career Stats] [Pitch F/X]
Cincinnati Reds 2B Brandon Phillips and Bench Coach Chris Speier and I share the same birthday, June 28. So I am always watching to make sure they stay on my favorite team. Brandon Phillips is in talks with the Reds to try to sign an extension and Chris Speier is a great bench coach who I feel could one day become the manager.
Brandon Phillips was drafted by the Montreal Expos in the 2nd round of the 1999 amateur draft and Chris Speier was drafted by San Francisco Giants in the 1st round (2nd pick) of the 1970 draft.
Brandon Phillips has played 1017 games at 2B with a career .987 Fld% and 656 double plays and a 4.99 RF/9. Chris Speier played 1900 games at SS with a .970 Fld% and 1043 double plays and a 5.02 RF/9. Another interesting thing about Speier is he is ranked 24th overall with most career defensive games as SS with 1900.
Phillips debuted on September 13, 2002 at Jacobs Field playing for Cleveland Indians. He went 0 for 1 with a strike out. Tony Fiore threw 5 pitches to Brandon in the bottom of the 7th. (1st a called strike, 2nd, 3rd and 4th were foul balls and the 5th was a swinging strike.)
Speier debuted on April 7, 1971 at San Diego Stadium playing for San Francisco Giants. He went 2 for 4 with 1 walk, 2 RBIs and 1 run. Other players in the batting order that day for the Giants were; Bobby Bonds, (1st) Willie Mays (3rd) and Willie McCovey. (4th) Chris Speier batted 2nd.
Both of these guys are people I look up to as a fan and I hope that they have great careers with the Reds for many years. Watching them both win a World Series ring in 2012 would be a late but great birthday gift for all of us.
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)
Being a 20 year old ball player in Major League Baseball can be tough. Not only do you have to worry about getting sent back to the minors but you have to learn how to stay productive against top players that might have five to fifteen years on you in the pro’s. Most young players are just happy to get their feet wet. While others jump in head first and make waves right away. Today I wanted to find out how many 20 year old baseball players got over 200 hits in a season. There are five to be exact and some might take you by shock.
Alex Rodriguez takes first place with 215 hits while playing for Seattle Mariners in 1996. Ty Cobb takes second with 212 hits for Detroit Tigers in 1907. Buddy Lewis got 210 hits in 1937 for Washington Senators. 205 hits helped Vada Pinson hit the list in 1959 for Cincinnati Redlegs and made him the only player to do it for the National League. And the only other 20 year old to get exactly 200 hits is Al Kaline who did it in 1955 for Detroit Tigers who were lucky enough to have two 20 year olds make the list. The next 20 year old only had 188 hits and that was done by Orlando Cepeda in 1958 for San Francisco Giants. The most recent 20 year old on the list is Jason Heyward who got 144 hits in 2010 for Atlanta Braves. The question remains, will there ever be another 20 year old to get over 200 hits in Major League Baseball?
20 year olds who got 200 or more hits. (1901 - 2011) Rk Player Year Age Tm Lg G AB H6 BA OBP SLG OPS 1 Alex Rodriguez 1996 20 SEA AL 146 601 215 .358 .414 .631 1.045 2 Ty Cobb 1907 20 DET AL 150 605 212 .350 .380 .468 .848 3 Buddy Lewis 1937 20 WSH AL 156 668 210 .314 .367 .425 .792 4 Vada Pinson 1959 20 CIN NL 154 648 205 .316 .371 .509 .880 5 Al Kaline 1955 20 DET AL 152 588 200 .340 .421 .546 .967