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JAY BRUCE AND THOM BRENNAMAN WERE BOTH CAUGHT VENTILATING ON MONDAY

4.14.10
BY:MEH
BIRD BRUCE AND TOILET THOM
JAY BRUCE AND THOM BRENNAMAN WERE BOTH CAUGHT VENTILATING ON MONDAY

After ending a 0-17 hitless streak with a double during the second inning of Monday's win against the Marlins, Jay "The Deal" Bruce motioned two signals to his teammates. It seemed to be a response to not just his teammates banter, but also the critical remarks that have been made about the Reds' right fielder recently on the internet, in the papers, and on sports talk radio.

Jay Bruce's success this season has been considered a vital department for his team. Hitting the ball hard so far during the young season, only to find fielders when he has made contact, Reds fans have shown a range of frustration and empathy towards Bruce. His gestures may have subtly been directed toward the disgruntled. He has since apologized:

"It's not a laughing matter, obviously. It's one of the more stupid things I had ever done. It was an honest mistake. I wasn't mad at anyone. It was a kidding around thing but nonetheless, it was a mistake. It shouldn't happen. I have to be more professional than that. I want to apologize to the fans, my team, ownership, everyone who supports me. I forgot where I was for a second."

Thom Brennaman was also caught expressing himself during Monday's game. In the midst of a commercial break, before Mike Lincoln entered the game for the Reds, Brennaman's voice somehow
leaked through an active microphone
. Brennaman was heard saying, "This game's about to go into the s#@tter."

The restless attitudes demonstrated by Bruce and Brennaman may not be acceptable, but they are conceivable as much as their dispositions are identifiable.

The Reds beat the Florida Marlins during extra innings on Monday and Tuesday. Winning five of their last six games, the Reds have won them all with their final at-bats. Without a single Reds starter being accredited with a win this season, the team has slipped into second place (5-3) behind the St. Louis Cardinals (5-2) in the NL Cantral.

Homer Bailey will make his second start of the season against Chris Volstad and the Florida Marlins at 7:10pm on Wednesday.

Whack Reds Radio will be recording 14 Questions: Episode Four on Wednesday with a special guest. The video below is a hint of what might go down.



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MIKE "GODZILLA" LEAKE AND AROLDIS CHAPMAN BOTH MADE THEIR PROFESSIONAL DEBUTS ON SUNDAY

4.12.10
BY:MEH
CUBS INCAPABLE OF TAKING LEAKE
MIKE "GODZILLA" LEAKE AND AROLDIS CHAPMAN BOTH MADE THEIR PROFESSIONAL DEBUTS ON SUNDAY

Mike "Godzilla" Leake and Aroldis "The Defector" Chapman made their professional debuts on Sunday. Leake faced
Tom Gorzelanny and the Chicago Cubs at Great American Ballpark while Chapman started against the Mud Hens at Fifth Third Field in Toledo. Both young pitchers made their debuts in winning games; one showing poise and the other showing power.

   Leake's line was not handsome, but he pitched well enough to keep the Reds in the game and endured, then conquered, several hasty situations. It all started in the first inning when Leake loaded the bases by walking Ryan Theriot, allowing a hit to Kosuke Fukudome, then walking Derrek Lee. With no outs and the bases full of Cubs in just his first inning of major league work, Leake showed us all the composure and tranquility everyone had been verbalizing. Leake retired Aramis Ramirez on a pop-out, struck out Marlon Byrd, then jammed a disgruntled Alfonso Soriano who flew out as Leake escaped the inning with no damage.

"The first inning? A bad situation to put myself in," Leake said. "I found a way to get out of it pretty quick. I was like, 'What am I doing here? I gotta take a breath and realize I have to make pitches,' and get myself out of it slowly but surely."
 
After a smooth second, Leake began the third inning rigidly. He once again collected himself after allowing back-to-back singles to retire Derrek Lee, Ramirez, and Fontenot without allowing the Cubs to get on the board.

Leake allowed his only run in the fifth inning after a leadoff walk to Ryan Theriot, a sacrifice bunt, then a single off the bat of Derrek Lee. At the end of the day Mike "Godzilla" Leake allowed just one run on four hits. He struck out five while walking an unheard of seven batters during his 6.23 innings of work. Leake received a no-decision for the day, but his team walked away with their third win of the season and many high hopes for the emerging future.

Mike Leake also became the first Reds pitcher to record two hits during his debut since Benny Frey did it in 1929. During his three years at Arizona State University, Leake batted .299 with 20 RBI in 97 at-bats. The Reds beat the Cubs 3-1.

"You have to get your first one out of the way to get your second one," Leake said. "So we'll just move on from here."



Although Aroldis "The Defector" Chapman's professional debut may not have been as significant as Leake's, it was an exemplary one for the left-handed Cuban. With the Louisville Bats third baseman Chris Valaika curiously watching the radar gun while his teammate was on the mound, Chapman consistently hit the upper nineties with his fastball. Chapman concluded his first inning of work with a 101mph fastball, which was foul tipped into the catcher's mitt, striking out a feeble Mud Hen.

With such deviant speed (Chapman was reportedly clocked at 102mph by one radar gun), the bird brained Mud Hens may have made Chapman's inconsistent outing appear more exceptional. Mud Hen's manager Larry Parish criticized Chapman's control:

"Against us he walked one. (Pitching against) big-leaguers, today he walks eight. Big leaguers wouldn't have swung at balls over their heads or at balls a foot outside. He would throw a breaking ball when guys were cheating to catch up to a fastball, and they would swing at balls that weren't close to the plate."

Chapman did not qualify for a win in his first professional baseball game, but in his 4.2 innings of work he struck out nine and allowed only one earned run on five hits (Four of which were infield singles). Chapman threw 85 pitches (55 strikes) helping the Bats beat the Mud Hens 2-1.

"I really felt good today, there were some things that didn't go the way I wanted, but that's how games go," Chapman said. "There were little things that happened, but they will be better next time."



The considerable and promising starts by Leake and Chapman continue to promote optimism in Cincinnati. Both pitchers were acquired by the Reds since last June. Along with youngsters Homer Bailey, Johnny Cueto, Edinson Volquez, veteran Aaron Harang, and Bronson Arroyo, the Reds could promptly have one the best starting rotations in the majors.

"What was gunpowder? Trivial. What was electricity? Meaningless. The atomic bomb is the Second Coming in wrath." -Winston Churchill

The Reds will start their first road trip of the season on Monday. Johnny Cueto will face Ricky Nolasco and the Florida Marlins (4-2) at 7:10pm.


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MIKE LEAKE WILL MAKE HIS MAJOR LEAGUE DEBUT ON SUNDAY

4.11.10
BY:MEH
HERE COMES "GODZILLA"
MIKE LEAKE WILL MAKE HIS MAJOR LEAGUE DEBUT ON SUNDAY

Mike "Godzilla" Leake will be making history on Sunday afternoon. The 22-year-old right hander will become only the 21st player to skip the minor leagues since the MLB draft began in 1965. Since Leake will not be added to the Reds 25-man roster until Sunday, he has spent his short time in Cincinnati watching games from the clubhouse. The last Reds players to skip the minors were shortstop Bobby Hendrich, pitcher Jay Hook, and catcher Don Pavletich. All three made their major league debuts in 1957. The most recent Major Leaguer to accomplish the feat was Xavier Nady, who did it in 2000 with the Padres. Walt Jocketty said this about "Godzilla":

"
We're very confident in his ability to pitch at a high level. He demonstrated that this spring. We drafted him with the idea he was going to be a guy that would get to the big leagues quick. We didn't figure it would be this quick."



Mike Leake will face Tom Gorzelanny and the Cubs at 1:10pm on Sunday.

Cuban defector Aroldis Chapman will make his American Debut on Sunday. Playing for the Louisville Bats, Chapman will face the Toledo Mud Hens at 2:00 pm. The game will be available to watch online at MLB.com.

The Reds lost to the Chicago Cubs 4-3 on Saturday. Reds' starter Aaron Harang went seven innings allowing three earned runs on four hits. All three of Harang's runs were the result of homers. Brandon Phillips hit a two run shot in the third inning. The game was tied until the eighth inning when Arthur Rhodes allowed a solo-homerun to Cubs' pinch hitter Jeff Baker.

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REDS PITCHER BRONSON ARROYO WILL NOT MISS HIS NEXT START

4.10.10
BY:MEH
"DRUGS ARE GOOD."
REDS PITCHER BRONSON ARROYO WILL NOT MISS HIS NEXT START

It is no secret that Reds pitcher Bronson Arroyo takes a daily hand full of supplements and pills to help stabilize his athletic performance. Arroyo has pitched 200+ innings every season for the Reds since 2006 and after Thursday's win against the Cardinals Arroyo is now 53-50 with a 3.97 ERA with the club.

There is no question that androstenedione and amphetamines accomodated Arroyo's success. On several occasions Arroyo has expressed his use of supplements that are not on MLB's approved list and has never demonstrated remorse for his actions. Arroyo has never been on the disabled list, never missed a start, and never failed a drug test.

"I have a lot of guys in here who think Iím out of (my) mind because Iím taking a lot of things not on the (MLB-approved) list," Arroyo says. "I take 10 to 12 different things a day, and on the days I pitch, thereís four more things. Thereís a caffeine drink I take from a company that (former teammate) Curt Schilling introduced me to in Ď05. I take some Korean ginseng and a few other proteins out there that are not certified. But I havenít failed any tests, so I figured Iím good."

Four hours after taking anti-inflammatories to help lingering pain from a line drive he took to the calf on Thursday, Arroyo started to feel much better.

"Drugs are good. I walked out of here yesterday and could barely walk," Arroyo said. "And about four hours later, the anti-inflammatories hit hard. I was feeling pretty good.  It's 80 percent already. I couldn't believe it. I thought I was going to be hobbling in here today. Iíll be fine for Tuesday.Ē

Whether or not you agree with Arroyo's drug diet, it has undoubtedly patronized his accomplishments as a Cincinnati Red. Enjoying his awful music is discretional. Considering his leg kick intimidating is nonobligatory. Admitting that Bronson Arroyo's demeanor is critical to his team's fruition is imperative.

"People can think what they want of me," Arroyo says. "I donít give a f@#K."



Drew Stubbs hit his first career grand slam helping the Reds defeat the Chicago Cubs 5-4 on Friday. Homer Bailey started for the Reds going five innings, allowing three runs on seven hits, and striking out five while walking two. Bailey also hit two batters.

Aaron Harang will face Carlos Zambrano Saturday at 1:10pm.  Last season, Zambrano allowed only six hits to current Reds players (Bruce 2, Dickerson 1, Hernandez 1, Votto 2).

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BRONSON ARROYO PITCHED EIGHT SOLID INNINGS WHILE JONNY GOMES PROVIDED THE CLOSURE

4.9.10
BY:MEH
FIRST WIN A WALK-OFF, GOMES STYLE
BRONSON ARROYO PITCHED EIGHT SOLID INNINGS WHILE JONNY GOMES PROVIDED THE CLOSURE


(Bott.Photo: CNATI)
The Reds avoided a three game sweep, and a 0-3 start to the season, by defeating the Cardinals 2-1 on Thursday. After five straight fastballs were thrown to Jonny Gomes in the bottom of the ninth inning by Jason Motte, Gomes wasn't about to allow another go by. With a 2-2 count and the score knotted at one, Gomes crushed the next fastball from Motte 392 feet into left field at Great American Ballpark. Gomes was 1-8 at the plate this season before his game winning homerun. Gomes commented on the momentum he helped create:

"How many times have we failed in that situation? That makes it so much more fun. It's more fun for us. There's so much more to it, whether it's the first series of the year or last series of the year, that's a (divisional) game and we've got to win as many of those as possible. We've got the Cubs coming in and it's good to get on the board that's it, whether it's a quality start or a hit, anything. Just getting that zero off the board, regardless of the category, it's always big in the beginning of the year. Here we are, we've got some good momentum with the Cubs coming in. Once we leave these doors, we clean the slate and come back tomorrow."

Before Gomes stole the show in the ninth inning, Bronson Arroyo had a distinguished outing. Arroyo went eight innings allowing only one run on four hits while striking out six. Arroyo struck out Albert Pujols in the fourth inning recording 1,000 for his career. During the fifth inning Arroyo singled, driving in Ryan Hanigan, providing the Reds with their only run until Gomes' homer in the ninth. Taking a Colby Rasmus line drive to his right calf during the game, Arroyo expressed lingering pain after the game:

"Not real good. Iíve been hit a lot harder but not in this spot. Itís killing me. It got me in the belly of the calf. Itís got my foot locked up. Itís like a charley horse cramp. As sore as it now, Day 2 and 3 are the hardest on the body. Iím interested to see how it feels. Iíll do a lot of work to try to get out it."

Bronson Arroyo has never missed a start in the majors, minors, high school, or even in little league. If his calf continues to bother him, it could open the door for Travis Wood or Aroldis Chapman. Jonny Gomes articulated his respect for Arroyo:

"A solo home run doesnít win that game without Bronson Arroyo pitching the way he did. We can talk about his stuff all day and we can talk about his toughness. Taking that ball off the calf and staying in there. Those guys ran together a bunch of hits and a bunch of offense the first two games. Bronson sitting back and being the pro he is pitched a great game."

The Reds begin their second series of the season on Friday at Great American Ballpark. Homer Bailey will face Carlos Silva and the Chicago Cubs at 7:10pm. The Cubs are 1-2 so far this season.

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JOHNNY CUETO FACES ADAM WAINWRIGHT IN GAME TWO OF THE SEASON

4.7.10
BY:MEH
GAME TWO: C'MON CUETO
JOHNNY CUETO FACES ADAM WAINWRIGHT IN GAME TWO OF THE SEASON

(Photo: Getty Images)
After a low-blow loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Opening Day, the Reds look to even their record during game two of the season. The lineup for Wednesday looks like the one most Reds fans expected on Opening Day (Stubbs 8, Cabrera 6, Votto 3, Phillips 4, Rolen 5, Bruce 9, Gomes 7, Hernandez 2 and Cueto 1). The replacement of Laynce Nix and Chris Dickerson from Monday's roster is strange. It appeared that Dusty Baker wanted Gomes and Stubbs (2-2 off the bench on Monday) to sit with the Reds facing a right hander, but after poor performances by Nix and Dickerson on Opening Day, he switched the lineup back to the predicted one with a right hander on the mound once again. This seems to contradict Baker's use of Nix and Dickerson on Opening Day. He obviously did not sit Gomes and Stubbs just because RHP Chris Carpenter was on the mound, there must be more complex reasoning.

Johnny Cueto was 2-0 with a 1.76 ERA against St. Louis last season. Skip Schumaker has had triumph against Cueto batting .455 against the right hander. If Cueto can hit the outside corners while facing Schumaker, Pujols, and Holliday, with Gomes and Stubbs arrogantly proving they can bash righties, the Reds could easily walk away with a victory on Wednesday.

*Update - Cueto threw the ball effectively (6IP, 2ER, 5H) on Wednesday, but the Reds' offense and bullpen couldn't get it done. Orlando Cabrera drove in all three of the Reds' runs going 2-4. After Cabrera tied the game at two with his first homerun as Red in the sixth, the bullpen entered the game and quickly allowed four runs in the seventh. The Reds lost by a final score of 6-3.

The Reds play game three against the Cardinals Thursday at 12:35pm. Bronson Arroyo will face Brad Penny.




(Photo: Jamie Ramsey)

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CONCERNS ARE EXTENSIVE AFTER ONLY ONE GAME

4.6.10
BY:MEH
SEASON UNDER SIEGE
CONCERNS ARE EXTENSIVE AFTER ONLY ONE GAME


(Photo: Michael E. Keating)
After only one game behind them, Reds fans are already feeling high and dry. It seems that all of these years of losing have caused some sort of dismay inside of their heads. Names like Chapman, Leake, and Votto has been temporarily set aside. The excitement that has been circulating the city of Cincinnati recently has been hushed by one game, one player, and one pitch.

Albert Pujols is not a Reds killer; he is just a killer. Pujols' average against the Reds is a staggering .365 after Monday's game, but don't let that fool you. His 42 homeruns against the Reds only chronicle 8.76% of his career 368, so don't feel special. He has a lifetime .334 average and during his best two seasons ('03 and '08), he hit .359 and .357 against the entire league. Pujols has faced Aaron Harang 57 times during his career, more than any other Reds pitcher. Harang has held Pujols to a .316 average over those 57 at bats while Pujols has hit under .316 for the season only once in his career (.314 in '02). Monday's homerun by Pujols was only the fourth Harang has allowed while facing him.

With the Reds playing in the same division as Pujols, and maintaining a losing record during his whole career, there is no surprise to why he has slightly better career numbers against our bad teams in the past decade. We can't denounce what Albert Pujols has done to Cincinnati pitching in the past on players who are with the team now. Pujols has been terrorizing teams since 2001 and has shown no signs of termination. We can only hope that our current squad can contain him a little better than the former ones.

The Reds were defeated by the Cardinals on Monday by a final score of 11-6.

The Reds play the Cardinals again on Wednesday at 7:10pm.

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4.5.10
BY:CJB
OPENING DAY 2010

It's finally here! Take the dogs out, bid them a happy day of lying around on your furniture, and get yourself down to Great American Ballpark. What's that, you said you have to work? No no no, you don't HAVE to go. School? Pffft. Today, ladies and gentlefish, is opening day 2010. At this moment, there is already a whole mess of people downtown walking absolutely nowhere. A parade throws candy and baseballs at crowds of cheering, hung-over fans who are almost as excited as we are. But before you turn the Radio/TV on, check out our little re-cap on the World Series wins in Cincinnati's wonderfully rich baseball history. The cities seeing red, but no one is angry. On the contrary, this is one day when this city comes together and shows our love of the greatest game in America.



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FORMER REDS GM PREDICTS A WINNING SEASON FOR THE FRANCHISE HE DETERIORATED

4.4.10
BY:MEH
LET'S DO IT FOR LEATHERPANTS!
FORMER REDS GM PREDICTS A WINNING SEASON FOR THE FRANCHISE HE DETERIORATED

There's nothing like a former GM evaluating and raving about his former employers. Honoring Marty Brennaman by not mentioning his name, "Leatherpants" was the GM for the Cincinnati Reds from 1992-2003. He was the youngest GM in the history of major league baseball. That might explain why he only led the Reds to one playoff appearance during his stint in Cincinnati (1995, the only time any of this teams went to the playoffs in his 16 year career as a GM). His most famous acquisition was that of Ken Griffey Jr. from the Seattle Mariners in February 2000. After being fired by the Reds in 2003 following comments comparing the MLB players union to al Queda, he became the GM for the expansion Washington Nationals. After an FBI investigation surrounding skimmed signing bonuses from Latin American players, he resigned as the Nats Gm in March 2009. He is known for signing players with checkered pasts, his habitual roster moves, and his obsession with athletic outfielders. I love the way he talks about the Reds' depleted past as if he was never involved.

"In the 2000's it's been a different story with four different general managers and a decade of losing."

Who does he think actualized and established the spoiled attitude that the Reds became accustomed to during those years? One of those general managers was YOU "Leatherpants", and you were the one responsible for the collapse of a franchise that has just been recently emancipated by one Bob Castellini. He then continues to sanction Walt Jocketty and Mr. Castellini for their acquisitions, patience, leadership, and ability to build an organization around pitching and defense; goals he never came close to achieving. It almost sounds like a cry for help. Shame on you.



He concludes by predicting the Reds to finish above five-hundred and touching his nose attempting to animate a baseball sign. He just loves our players commenting that Jay Bruce "reminds me of a lot of Larry Walker", Brandon Phillips "has the best range in the league at that position", and Edinson Volquez as "the best pitcher of them all" while butchering his name. I just threw up in mouth a little bit.

May the Reds make noise in the NL Central this season not just for the haters, the paying customers, or the Reds players past and present; but instead a slap in the face to men like "Leatherpants" who have left a lingering stench behind them. We are no longer approaching a new era of Cincinnati Reds baseball.......it is here.

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RUSSELL WIGHT FROM THE WIGHT PAGES ANSWERS 14 QUESTIONS

4.4.10

WRR EP03: 14 QUESTIONS: THE WIGHT PAGES
RUSSELL WIGHT FROM THE WIGHT PAGES ANSWERS 14 QUESTIONS
Just in time for Opening Day 2010, Russell Wight from The Wight Pages talks with Mike from Whack Reds. In episode three of WRR, we ask Russell about Dancing with the Stars, Opening Day, and Brandon Phillips batting fourth in the lineup. Russell gives us insight on the 2010 season and impeccably promotes Mike Leake. Who knows, we might even mention the Hit King.


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The Reds played their final game of the spring against the Cleveland Indians on Saturday. Between both teams there was a total of 20 runs, 27 hits, and one error. Homer Bailey started for the Reds pitching six innings allowing six runs on six hits. Joey Votto went 2-3, while Ryan Hanigan drove in three runs with a double in the seventh inning. The game ended after nine innings resulting in a tie.

2010 OPENING DAY LINEUPS!!!
 
Reds:
Dickerson CF
Cabrera SS
Votto 1B
Phillips 2B
Rolen 3B
Bruce RF
Nix LF
Hernandez C
Harang P

Cardinals:
Schumaker 2B
Ryan SS
Pujols 1B
Holliday LF
Rasmus CF
Ludwick RF
Freese 3B
Molina C
Carpenter P

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THE REDS MADE THEIR FINAL CUTS OF THE SPRING ON FRIDAY

4.3.10
BY:MEH
"GODZILLA" WINS ROTATION SPOT
THE REDS MADE THEIR FINAL CUTS OF THE SPRING ON FRIDAY

Mike "Godzilla" Leake was named the Reds' fifth starter on Friday. Despite having no previous professional experience, Leake outdistanced Travis Wood to make the team. Leake will be placed on a short list of players who have gone directly to the majors after being drafted since it began in 1965. Leake had this to say about the decision:

"Realistically, I didnít think I had a chance, but inside I thought I did. I guess realistically I did. Iím just thankful they had faith in me. Iíve always gone out with confidence. I donít really show it with cockiness. I just didnít feel like I that much pressure on me. I felt like if I did what Iíd been doing. . . I did what I could."

Mike Leake will seemingly make his major league debut on Sunday, April 11 against the Chicago Cubs. Here's a breakdown of all the moves made by the Reds on Friday and your 2010 Reds Opening Day Roster.

Optioned to AAA: Jared Burton, Travis Wood, Aroldis Chapman, Matt Maloney, and Drew Sutton.

Re-assigned to AAA: Wilkin Castillo, Justin Lehr, and Chris Burke.

Released: Kip Wells

Aaron Miles and Wladimir Balentien have both been told they did not make the team. The Reds will try and trade them before Sunday, when they will be designated for assignment, scouring for another team.

2010 REDS OPENING DAY ROSTER:

Pitchers: Bronson Arroyo, Homer Bailey, Francisco Cordero, Johnny Cueto, Aaron Harang, Daniel Ray Herrera, Mike Lincoln, Nick Masset, Logan Ondrusek, Micah Owings, and Arthur Rhodes.

Catchers: Ryan Hanigan and Ramon Hernandez.

Infielders: Orlando Cabrera, Miguel Cairo, Juan Francisco, Paul Janish, Brandon Phillips, Scott Rolen, and Joey Votto.

Outfielders: Jay Bruce, Chris Dickerson, Jonny Gomes, Laynce Nix, and Drew Stubbs.

Mike Leake will not be added to the 25-man roster until he is needed to start. The Reds will have to make room for him and will need to make one more cut, to accommodate Leake, early in the season. Juan Francisco will most likely get the demotion.

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DELAYING THE INEVITABLE; FINAL CUTS EXPECTED TODAY FROM REDS

4.2.10
BY:MEH
GIVE US A NUMBER FIVE!
DELAYING THE INEVITABLE; FINAL CUTS EXPECTED FRIDAY FROM THE REDS

Whack Reds couldn't be any more feverish counting down the days until Opening Day 2010. The anticipation is driving us insane as we timidly await the final cuts of the spring. The battle between Travis Wood and Mike Leake (Aroldis Chapman has been sidelined) for the fifth spot in the rotation has stayed perpetual so far. Chris Dickerson and Drew Stubbs have both impressed at the plate crusading for the center field job. Options seem to be the deciding factor for a Players like Wladimir Balentien and Aaron Miles, but their spring performances may induce their liberation. Whatever the Reds decide to do with the roster will likely be announced after Friday's game. We are sick and tired of speculation and previsions. At this point we don't even care who makes the team (not really); we are just ready for some baseball!

Corky Miller and Carlos Fisher were both cut on Thursday. Cuts were supposed to be finalized, but were delayed just to mess with our heads. Take a look these two sequential headlines from the Reds home page. Are they trying to drive us mad? Is this Bob Castellini's idea of an April Fool's prank? Does OMGreds have something to do with all of this......



 Here is a breakdown of players who are still on the cusp.
(Statistics through 4.1.10)

Travis Wood: 1-1, 3.50ERA, 15H, 7ER, 2HR, 12BB, and 17K in 18 innings.
Mike Leake: 1-0, 3.00ERA, 16H, 6ER, 1HR, 4BB, and 10K in 18 innings.
Laynce Nix: .273AVG, 10RBI, 4HR, and 12H in 44AB.
Wladimir Balentien: .327AVG, 4RBI, 2HR, and 16H in 49AB.
Drew Stubbs: .315AVG, 11RBI, 5HR, and 17H in 54AB.
 Chris Dickerson: .300AVG, 8RBI, 2HR, and 15H in 50AB.
Aaron Miles: .152AVG, 2RBI, 0HR, and 5H in 33AB.
Paul Janish: .361AVG, 8RBI, 2HR, and 13H in 36AB.
Juan Francisco: .311AVG, 6RBI, 2HR, and 14H in 45AB

Travis Wood has emerged as the recent favorite for the fifth spot by most people, but Mike Leake has modestly posted remotely better numbers this spring. Wood is more likely to get the nod because of his experience and seniority. The fifth spotter will not be needed to pitch until April 11, which may give the Reds an extra week to decide, furthering our preoccupation.

If the Reds decide to keep both Nix and Balentien, room will need to be made on the 40-man roster. Aaron Miles will most likely take the fall if they keep both outfielders. If they posses Balentien, Nix will determine his own fate. He was a invitee to Reds' camp this year. On the other hand, Balentien is out of options. If he doesn't make the team, expect the Reds to attempt a trade because of the unlikelihood of him clearing waivers.

The centerfield job is still anonymous. Both Drew Stubbs and Chris Dickerson have played favorable baseball this spring. Dickerson is more likely to get the Opening Day start facing RHP Chris Carpenter, but both players should make the team engaging in significant roles.

Paul Janish seems to once again secured a spot with the Reds. Janish has shown advancement at the plate this spring, he has an undeniable ability as an infielder, and  shows his versatility as a pitcher when the Reds are getting their butts whipped.

Whatever cuts the Reds make Friday will be thirstily accepted. Give us a number five, secure your weaknesses, and give us some damn baseball!

The Reds beat the A's on Wednesday 8-3 while acquiring fifteen hits. Mike Leake went six innings, allowing two earned runs on four hits while striking out two. Scott Rolen and Drew Stubbs combined for 6RBI.

Johnny Cueto struggled against the Rangers during his final spring start for the Reds on Thursday. He pitched four innings and allowed five earned runs on ten hits. Danny Dorn won the game for the Reds with a controversial walk-off homerun in the ninth inning. The Reds snuck by the Rangers 7-6.

The Reds play the Cleveland Indians on Friday at 10:05pm ET. Bronson Arroyo will make his crowning spring start. Expect to see Jared Burton, Mike Lincoln, and Arthur Rhodes also getting their work in.

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IN EPISODE TWO OF WHACK REDS RADIO WE INTERVIEW CLINT, FROM DIAMONDHOGGERS.COM

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WRR EP02: 14 QUESTIONS: DIAMOND HOGGERS
IN EPISODE TWO OF WHACK REDS RADIO WE INTERVIEW CLINT, FROM DIAMONDHOGGERS.COM

In Episode two of Whack Reds Radio, we track down Clint from DiamondHoggers.com and ask him 14 questions. He administers answers to questions concerning Zizzy Mane, Jay Bruce, George Grande, Aroldis Chapman, Adam Dunn, and (of course) Pete Rose. We did our homework.


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