7/30 vs. SD
Reds lineup vs. Padres
*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.