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^Boy that's a toughie. Did he recently sign a 10-year contant extension?  He wasn't the only one though.  Votto and Bruce each blasted a solo shot for the Reds.  But unfortanately the Tribe blasted three of their own.  Despite the loss, it was a pretty entertaining game.  19 runs, 27 hits, 5 HR's and 5 lead changes

 


Speaking of home runs:  The amount of HR's Mat Latos is giving up is downright alarming.  Three in this game, 16 for the year and 11 in his last 6 starts.  This was my biggest concern about acquiring Latos.  How would he transition from San Diego's cavernous park - where fly balls get caught at the warning track - to the GABP bandbox - where those same fly balls become home runs. 

 

I hope Latos doesn't turn out like Eric Milton.  Remember Milton?  The Reds signed in him 2005 after a great year with Philadelphia in the relatively expansive Veterans Stadium.  At GABP Milton gave up 40 HR's and had an NL-high 6.47 ERA in 34 starts.  He never recovered and became an epic bust for the Reds.

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Yeah - I thought they should have won the first two of the series, but Latos really needs to start pitching like a number 2 starter.  I think Bailey has been better than him this year, and that Milton comparison give me chills.  Also, Chapman better learn to get his slider over the plate and mix up pitches a little.  It's a good time to come home for a weekend series.

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The Reds made their own mistakes on the lake while visiting the infamous Mistake on the Lake, but they are still in first by 2.5 games.  I still don't believe in Pittsburgh, and the wheels have fallen off St. Louis, things are looking good.

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So, it was a split series. However, there was a clear winner on the attendance side.

 

 

Attendance at Great American

Tue         24,758

Wed         27,428

Thu (D)   34,193

            86,379

 

Attendance at Progressive

Mon         19,948

Tue         17,213

Wed         23,544

            60,705


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

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Cincy is a baseball town. Cleveland is a football town whose Browns (despite not winning a playoff game in 18 years and only three winning seasons since 1989) has a consecutive home sellout streak that's at 104 games and counting. Meanwhile I can get free tickets to Indians games because a relative of mine works for the Indians, and I've been to only one game so far this year.


"Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities."-Voltaire

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Those numbers are not bad, but quite frankly I would hope the Reds do not get less than 25k at any game.  As of June 12 they were +4000 over last year at a little over 27k per game.  Hopefully this improves throughout the year with bigger draws and rivals, but obviously it could be worse.

 

So, it was a split series. However, there was a clear winner on the attendance side.

 

 

Attendance at Great American

Tue         24,758

Wed         27,428

Thu (D)   34,193

            86,379

 

Attendance at Progressive

Mon         19,948

Tue         17,213

Wed         23,544

            60,705

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Attendance was great for the last home stand.  34,000 on Friday the 22nd, sellouts on both weekend games, 35000(!) on a Monday night for the Brewers, another 33,000 on Tuesday night, and a good crowd for the day game.  I think they are over 28,000/game right now.  Would love to see it get to 30,000.

 

By the way, these road trips out west always scare the crap out of me.

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With tonight’s All-Star game marking the unofficial halfway point of the season (technically we’re at 85 games - just a bit past halfway) now is a good time to look at the first half of the Reds season.  The Reds are 47-38 and are 1 game behind the surprising Pittsburgh Pirates in the Central Division.  The Reds are first in the wild-card standings (this is the wild-card berth that gets you automatically into the playoffs - not the second wild-card that requires a play-in game which is new this year).

 

So here’s a position by position look at the Reds season-to-date:

 

Catcher: Hanigan and Mesoraco have formed a fine tandem behind the plate.  The veteran Hanigan got most of the starts early in the season while the rookie Mesoraco was brought along slowly.  But in the last two months Hanigan and Mesoraco are splitting the starts nearly 50/50.  Hanigan has less power with 2 HR’s and a better .276 BA and .356 OBP.  Mesoraco has more power with 9 HR’s but a lower .214 BA.

 

First Base: What is there left to say about Joey Votto?  Near the top in most NL offensive categories with 35 doubles, 14 HR’s, 48 RBI’s, and a .348 BA/.471 OBP/ 1.087 OPS.  An MVP candidate.

 

Second Base: Brandon Phillips gutted out some nagging injuries early in the season to put together some good offensive numbers - 10 HR’s, and a .280 BA and .322 OBP.  Defensively, Phillips is on his way to another Golden Glove award.  Probably the best defensive second baseman in baseball.

 

Shortstop: Zach Cozart has settled into starting shortstop position rather nicely after his cup-of-coffee last year.  Good all-round offensively and defensively.  Could stand to cut down on the strikeouts and raise his .252 BA and .298 OBP in the second half though.

 

Third Base: The presumed starter Scott Rolen has been a non-factor with extended injuries and a miserable .178 average.  Fortunately, Todd Frazier has stepped into his spot quite well.  Offensively, Frazier has 9 HR’s with a .278 BA/ .345 OBP/ .901 OBP and is defensively solid.

 

Left Field: Heisey and Ludwick each had their highs and lows while platooning in left.  Heisey has 3 HR’s with a .268 BA and .310 OBP.  Ludwick has 12 HR’s with a .239 BA and .311 OBP.

 

Center Field: Drew Stubbs has really struggled at the plate.  Although blessed with great speed, Stubbs can’t take advantage of it because of a high strikeout rate and a .215 BA and .286 OBP.  If Stubbs can’t improve, he might get replaced by the trading deadline.

 

Right Field: Jay Bruce is near the top in NL power numbers with 18 HR’s and 56 RBI’s.  His .249 BA and .326 OBP could be improved over the second half though.

 

Starting Pitching: The five pitchers in the Reds starting rotation have stayed completely intact over the first 85 games with no injuries.  Johnny Cueto is pitching like a #1 starter with 10-5 record and a 2.39 ERA.  Latos has been up and down but is looking better lately with a 7-2 record and a 4.13 ERA.  If Latos can keep this up, he will be the #2 starter the Reds have been looking for.  Arroyo has been his normal consistent inning-eater #3 starter with a 3.73 ERA.  Leake and Bailey have struggled at times but managed to post 4.01 and 4.14 ERA’s respectively.

 

Relief Pitching: The Reds relief pitching has been riddled with injuries.  Presumed closer Ryan Madigan went down with a season-ending injury.  Presumed set-up righty Nick Masset is on the 60-day DL and presumed set-up lefty Bill Bray has been injured and ineffective.  However, the replacements have been great.  Aroldis Chapman (aka The Cuban Missile) became the closer.  Marshall became the set-up lefty.  While Arredondo and Ondrusek became set-up righties.

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The Reds are first in the wild-card standings (this is the wild-card berth that gets you automatically into the playoffs - not the second wild-card that requires a play-in game which is new this year).

 

 

 

This is not actually correct.  The playoffs have expanded from 8 teams to 10.  There will be two wild cards in each league.  Those two wild cards would play in a one-game playoff to determines who gets into the Division Series.  So as it stood at the break, the Reds would have been playing in the "play-in" wild card game (probably hosting it, I assume). 

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The Reds are first in the wild-card standings (this is the wild-card berth that gets you automatically into the playoffs - not the second wild-card that requires a play-in game which is new this year).

 

 

 

This is not actually correct.  The playoffs have expanded from 8 teams to 10.  There will be two wild cards in each league.  Those two wild cards would play in a one-game playoff to determines who gets into the Division Series.  So as it stood at the break, the Reds would have been playing in the "play-in" wild card game (probably hosting it, I assume). 

Whoops.  My bad.  Must have been thinking about the NFL wild card or something.  It looks like the Reds should just go ahead and win the Central and forget the wild card.

 

And along that line - I was interested in the discussion during yesterday's nationally televised game about the need to upgrade the Reds offense.  They talked about ways to do this and pointed out that upgrading the 1-2 hitting in front of Votto was probably the easiest way to do it.  They threw out a number of names - like Denard Span from Minnesota and Juan Pierre from Philadelphia.  But I hope they go after Shane Victorino from Philadelphia. 

 

Victorino's a free agent at the end of the season, so a mid-level prospect or two might acquire him.  He would be a big upgrade over Stubbs at the plate while still providing great speed and CF defense.  Moving Victorino to lead-off and Cozart to #2 would upgrade the line-up without disrupting the rest of the batting order.  Plus Victorino's a switch hitter.  And the Reds need more bats from the left side.

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The Banks garage filled up entirely on Saturday during the game.  People wanting to go the restaurants had nowhere close to park, but the waits were all 45 minutes so it didn't matter. 

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Nice.  Where's that put us for the season.  I know the schedule is favorable for good attendance the rest of the way.

Averaging 29,155 per game for the season.  Still 17th overall but climbing nicely.  The highest we could reasonably expect to get at this point is about 14th, which would probably need to be over 30,000 per game.  Colorado is 13th but they average 33,000+ per game. 

 

http://espn.go.com/mlb/attendance

 

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Great comeback. The largest since 2007.

 

 

CINCINNATI (52-40, 70 games to go)

vs. NL Central: 43 games remaining (21 home, 22 road)

vs. winning teams: 18 games remaining (12 home, six road)

NOTES: The Reds do not face a winning team on the road until the final week of the regular season when they visit Pittsburgh and St. Louis for the final six games. ... The Reds' schedule is chocked with losing team, and not just teams with losing records who are lingering on the wrong side of .500, but teams who are spelunking well below .500. The Reds have six games against Houston (23 below .500), 10 against the rising Cubs (still 16 below .500), three against Colorado (21 below) and four against San Diego (17 below). ... The Reds have nine games remaining against Pittsburgh, nine against Milwaukee, and six against the Cardinals.

 

 

Read more: http://www.stltoday.com/sports/baseball/professional/birdland/what-s-ahead-in-the-nl-central-race/article_66b654d8-d1ba-11e1-a58f-001a4bcf6878.html#ixzz216VjLp3n

 

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I hate to jinx him, but I have to say that Homer is turning into a pretty good pitcher.  I like the front of the rotation with Cueto/Latos/Bailey right now. 

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Let's hope Coco pulls it together for the 4 game weekend series.


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

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