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^ Why waste him on a night where they forgot the bats on the plane?

 

Because they have a two day layoff between games 1 and 2, and he usually only pitches one inning.  I don't know, I just thought they may have used him last night.

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This is why I am not in favor of 5 game series. One dominant pitcher can essentially win it for his team.

 

I actually think MLB's playoff series are way too short.  I'd like to see at least a best-of-nine, optimally a best-of-eleven.  Also, I don't think any more than four teams should make the postseason.  These changes would better determine a "true" champion for the game, but they'd be very fan unfriendly.  Oh well...

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Take away all the hype and the reality is the Reds lost game 1 on the road against the likely NL Cy Young award winner...big deal. Even if you go home down 0-2, series really don't turn until the home team loses a game...and the Reds have a shot at doing that tomorrow before they even get a home game.

 

Going home 1-1 is advantage Reds, with or without a no-hitter.

 

That's the attitude the Reds need to have for today's game.  If Arroyo can give the Reds a solid start and if the Reds hitters can get to Oswalt for some early runs, then Halladay's no-hitter can be put in the past. 

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If Arroyo can give the Reds a solid start and if the Reds hitters can get to Oswalt for some early runs, then Halladay's no-hitter can be put in the past. 

...and the Reds don't have four errors and hit three batters

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Wow - I have been off on my expectations for a multitude of reasons.  As much as I loved Jose Rijo's performance in 90, I absolutely have hated Baker's decisions to this point.  It's easy to look forward to next year, but having seen championships I realize how rare they are.  Go Reds.

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Wow - I have been off on my expectations for a multitude of reasons.  As much as I loved Jose Rijo's performance in 90, I absolutely have hated Baker's decisions to this point.  It's easy to look forward to next year, but having seen championships I realize how rare they are.  Go Reds.

 

Baker's decisions?  Halladay threw a no hitter in game 1 and Rolen, Bruce, and Phillips in the matter of 2 AB's sunk the ship in game 2 by failing to make routine plays.  NL leading offense (in run production) doesn't show up in game 1 and NL leading defense (fewest errors) fails to show up on game 2.  Baker had nothing to do with it.

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Volquez should have never started game 1, for example.  Without going into details that decision alone set the ball in motion to where we are now.  Obviously the Reds' players fumbled last night's game away, but it still does not mean the right decisions were made by the manager.

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Well, the Phillies just made it official.  Hamels didn't no-hit the Reds like Halladay.  But his complete game win was nearly as dominant.  Looks like the Reds missed their opportunity in Game 2 to make a dent in the Phillies momentum. 

 

Great season for the Reds.  Tip of the cap to the Phillies.  Looking forward to 2011.

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While I am bummed by the Reds performance in the playoffs, I am thankful for a great season this year.  Game 2 with all of the what if's is the thing that will bother me for a long time.  Hopefully the Reds can build on this season.  How about a number 1 starter in the offseason?

 

BTW - when I was watching Utley's homerun I was screaming for the fans to back off.  I was actually thinking if I had been there I would have yanked the idiots away from the ball - at least in my imagination.

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From the Baseball Writers’ Association of America website:

 

2010 NL MVP: Reds’ Joey Votto Runs Away With Award

 

Cincinnati first baseman Joey Votto, who helped the Reds win the National League Central title for their first post-season berth in 15 years, was an overwhelming choice as the NL Most Valuable Player in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

 

Of the 32 ballots submitted by two writers from each league city, Votto was listed first on 31 and second on the other to score 443 points, based on the tabulation system that rewards 14 points for first place, nine for second, eight for third and on down to one for 10th.

 

Votto, 27, finished in the top three in all the Triple Crown categories with a .324 batting average (second), 37 home runs (third) and 113 runs batted in (third) and led the league in on-base percentage (.424), slugging (.600) and OPS (1.024). 

 

MORE: http://bbwaa.com/2010/11/2010-nl-mvp/

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Congrats Votto!  Almost a clean sweep on the voting - as Bruce and Stubbs mature as hitters this offense should have a good nucleus for a few years.

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ESPN: Reds' Joey Votto signs contract

 


Baseball notebook: Reds' Votto agrees to three-year deal

Monday, January 17, 2011

From wire reports

 

There's no question that avoiding arbitration for the next three years is a good thing for first baseman Joey Votto and the Cincinnati Reds.  Arbitration can be an acrimonious process.  It opens wounds in a player's relationship with a club that don't heal.  The Reds and Votto avoided that yesterday when he agreed to a three-year, $38 million contract.

 

But the contract simply buys out Votto's arbitration years.  In other words, he can take his money and run to free agency after the 2013 season.  Usually when players sign deals that buy out the arbitration years, the club will add a year or two that keeps the player from leaving via free agency.

 

The Reds can't comment on the deal until it's official.  It won't be official until Votto comes to Cincinnati and passes a physical.  The guess is that Votto wanted to limit the deal to three years.  He was reluctant to commit to a long-term deal when he was asked about it at Redsfest in December.

 

MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/sports/stories/2011/01/17/reds-votto-agrees-to-three-year-deal.html?sid=101

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That's puzzling. Well done for the Reds to avoid any possibility for arbitration over the next few years, but it seems an awfully steep price to not hurt Joey's feelings while not getting any years beyond those they control already. Were they to go through three years of arbitration, I doubt they would have paid more than $10M/year each time.

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Baseball notebook: Reds sign Cueto to four-year deal

Thursday, January 27, 2011 - 2:55 AM

ASSOCIATED PRESS

 

The Cincinnati Reds continued to lock up their talented group of core players, signing pitcher Johnny Cueto to a four-year, $27 million contract yesterday.  The right-handed starter flew into town, took a physical and completed the deal, which avoided arbitration.  It's the latest move in an offseason spending spree by the defending National League Central champions.  The Reds have committed more than $150 million to four players: Cueto, right-hander Bronson Arroyo, outfielder Jay Bruce and first baseman Joey Votto, the NL MVP.

 

The Reds have kept most of their roster intact to try to make another postseason run.  First, they exercised an $11.5 million option on Arroyo, their most accomplished starter, and added two years for $23.5 million.  Bruce got a six-year, $51 million deal and Votto avoided arbitration with a three-year deal for $38 million.

 

Right-hander Edinson Volquez is the only Reds player still in arbitration.  Volquez asked for $2 million and the Reds offered $1.3 million.  General manager Walt Jocketty said the club has offered Volquez both a one-year deal and a multiyear contract.

 

MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/sports/stories/2011/01/27/reds-sign-cueto-to-four-year-deal.html?sid=101

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I enjoyed the parade and the game today, although we left at the top of the 8th inning. I thought surely there would be no hope for the Reds in that game after opening with two quick homeruns and giving up 4 runs in 2 innings. I guess the Reds 'like' playing from behind, just like the Bengals.

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Stupidity... I'm sure the video surveillance will be on the tv websites soon.

 

 

Reds pitcher Mike Leake arrested

He's accused of stealing from Macy's

3:42 PM, Apr. 18, 2011   

 

Reds pitcher Mike Leake was booked into the jail at 2:32 p.m. by Cincinnati police.

 

Cincinnati Reds pitcher Mike Leake was booked into the Hamilton County Justice Center today, accused of theft.

 

Leake was booked into the jail at 2:32 p.m. by Cincinnati police.

 

Leake, of Ludlow, was arrested after Macy's department store loss prevention employees stopped the Reds pitcher today after they say he took $59.88 in property from the store.

 

cont


"It's just fate, as usual, keeping its bargain and screwing us in the fine print..." - John Crichton

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How about the Reds now? 23-17, first place in the NL Central, and a sweep of the Cards for the first time since September 2007! That last game was really close though....

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^ He's on the DL with shoulder inflammation now.

 

The Reds followed their weekend sweep of the Cardinals with a two-game sweep of the Cubs.  The Cubs looked awful yesterday committing four errors.  The worst when Kerry Wood literally threw the game away in the 8th with a wild throw to third on a sac bunt that allowed two runs tying the game.  The bunter reached third on the play and scored the game-winning run on a sac fly.

 

More on that game from ESPN:

 

• The Cincinnati Reds beat the Chicago Cubs 7-5, but did it in unusual fashion.  The Reds scored their first five runs without recording an RBI, the result of three Cubs errors.  The Reds ended the game with just two RBI, the first time a team has scored seven or more runs with two or fewer RBI in the past 25 seasons, and just the third time in the past 50 years.

 

• In defeat, the Cubs allowed seven runs, all of which were unearned runs.

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Looking forward to this year's Battle of Ohio.  Reds are 25-19, 1/2 game behind STL for first in the NL Central.  Indians are 26-15 and first in the AL Central.

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I'd feel a lot better if the indians hadn't recently lost two of their best hitters to injuries. Our lineup is going to be a little thin.... none the less always way more fun when both teams are good... heading to the game tomorrow, can't wait.

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"7.08

Any runner is out when --

(a) (1) He runs more than three feet away from his baseline to avoid being tagged..."

 

I don't mean to be picky, but when a game-winning, "play of the game" type play is being celebrated so much despite being a very clear violation of the rules that even t-ballers get called out on, it bothers me.

 

The Indians got the first game, but it could have been a different story; half the umps in MLB would have called whoever this Carrera guy is out on that RBI bunt.

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In regard to that rule there is the base running box line that runs down the right field foul line for the last 45' to first base.  The way I've had it explained to me in the past is that as long as the base runner is touching (has part of their body above the line determined by the 1st base umpire) they are considered to still be within the running envelope.  If you take a look at the slow motion backstop view in the back half of this linked video you can clearly see that Carrera wasn't as far off the line as he appeared to be from the press box view.

 

http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=15010067

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"7.08

Any runner is out when --

(a) (1) He runs more than three feet away from his baseline to avoid being tagged..."

 

I don't mean to be picky, but when a game-winning, "play of the game" type play is being celebrated so much despite being a very clear violation of the rules that even t-ballers get called out on, it bothers me.

 

The Indians got the first game, but it could have been a different story; half the umps in MLB would have called whoever this Carrera guy is out on that RBI bunt.

 

Here's the entire rule 7.08(a)(1)...

 

7.08

Any runner is out when --

(a) (1) He runs more than three feet away from his baseline to avoid being tagged unless his action is to avoid interference with a fielder fielding a batted ball. A runners baseline is established when the tag attempt occurs and is a straight line from the runner to the base he is attempting to reach safely;

 

The baseline is established in relation to where the baserunner was already at when the tag attempt was made.  You can see in the replay he is running slightly outside of the first baseline and he goes slightly outside of the line 3 feet to the right of the baseline.  I don't think he moved more than 3 feet laterally to avoid the tag, but it was definitely close and could be debatable.

 

The real question is why was the first baseman not ready for the bunt?  What do you think a speedy left handed minor leaguer without a major league at bat is brought in for in that situation?  Instead, he was worried about holding Santana (a catcher and not representing the go ahead run) on first base.

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