7/30 vs. SD

Reds lineup vs. Padres

Cozart 6
Stubbs 8
Phillips 4
Bruce 9
Rolen 5
Ludwick 7
Cairo 3
Mesoraco 2
Leake 1

*These are going to be some tense two days for a few guys in the Reds clubhouse. Some players will be worried about being traded before Tuesday’s 4 p.m. Trade Deadline. Others might be concerned even if they’re not dealt because if the Reds acquire someone, a player on the current roster could be affected with less playing time or a lost roster spot. Anybody called to the office will be jumpy…even if it’s just for something unrelated.

*Nothing has changed since Walt Jocketty and his inner circle met all weekend in San Diego. The Reds remained linked to leadoff type hitters like Denard Span, Shane Victorino and Juan Pierre. Ken Rosenthal added Cleveland’s Shin-Soo Choo to the mix. The Reds are in a tough spot as they’ve won 17 of 19 games and 10 in a row. Drew Stubbs has been white hot. Ryan Ludwick has become one of the team’s best run producers the last 5 weeks. If they add a leadoff hitter, that person would likely play LF or CF.

*I don’t think the Reds HAVE to make a deal by tomorrow, especially if it means giving up too much. The team, which is tied for the best record in baseball, can win the division with the current bunch. But can they go far in the playoffs with what they have? That’s an answer I do not have.

*Speaking of Stubbs, he was named the NL co-Player of the Week along with the Brewers’ Carlos Gomez. Stubbs batted .370 with 3 HR and 10 RBIs (.419 OBP, .778 SLG) last week.

*Jay Bruce on Sunday became the first Reds player since Frank Robinson (1956-60) to produce at least 20 homers in each of his first five seasons. Robinson and Bruce are the only two Reds to have achieved this feat.

10 Comments

I think if they can add more pitching depth (just in case) and one or two better bench players they should be able to do very well for the rest of the season. Don’t get me wrong, I would love to see a huge deal which would make it a lock but I really don’t think it will happen. Teams are asking for way too much.

Being a critic of Stubbs for most of this year I want to be the first to congratulate him for winning “Co-Player of the Week” along with Carlos Gomez. I had said a few days ago that I thought he might be on a “long learning curve” and I would give him a pass at that time. Maybe, he has “arrived”. A lot of fans hope so.

Looking at Stubbs’ stats year over year and seeing him get worse and worse, it’s hard to believe the learning curve could be that long, but I sincerely hope you are right and this isn’t just a random hot streak.

I hope you’re right, but until he bats well consistently (heck, I’d take .250 from him), I’ll remain skeptical.

I tend to agree with you, which is why I see Span as a great guy to go get given his contract as long as it doesn’t cost too much, and Heisey could be part of the deal to clear on OF spot.

He has cut down on his K’s a ton from last year. MAJOR IMPROVEMENT!

The only issue is what if the Pittsburgh Pirates get significantly better with a Shin Soo Choo or a James Shields in the rotation. Will the Reds stand pat with only a 3 game lead?? I fully expect the Pirates to have a Shane Victorino or Juan Pierre or Shin Soo Choo in their line-up when they face the Reds Friday. If the reds get a Juan Pierre He could platoon with Ludwick in lF and Heisey can play CF or RF when Wandy faces the Reds.

You bring up a point I hadn’t considered – what the Pirates might do. With Pierre, I guess it depends on whether or not the Reds think he can capably play CF. I can see he hasn’t in about five years, but it seems he still has the speed to do it.

I still feel like the addition of Span is the only one that I think makes sense. Victorino costs too much, Pierre would only be a part time player. Parting with Heisey and another prospect for Span makes sense to me. Figuring out where Span fits in the lineup is a whole different story.

Span is the only guy I would be ok with. Anyway, game #14 for me tonight. Thirteen games and I still havent’ seen the great Mark Sheldon.
Curt

I’m not sure what the rulings are concerning umpires. Number 75 needs glasses or something. There should be something that can be done during the game if the umpire misses strike calls as badly as this gentleman did during the Padres/Reds game. His attitude about the calls being questioned is deplorable and if he can’t do his job any better than this….he needs to find a different line of work. If a pitcher misses he gets pulled out and replaced…the same should apply to umpires if both managers of the opposing teams agree. Something to think about.

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