Games 135-137: at COL

I have this series off and will be back for the next Reds-Cardinals series that starts Monday at GABP.

Enjoy the holiday weekend.

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Enjoy your holiday weekend Mark. Thanks for the work that you do here and on MLB.com; appreciate your interviews and insight.

Up and coming…
By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer
August 30, 2013 6:43 pm ET
Billy Hamilton is a stolen bases artist, and he’s soon to join the Reds.Billy Hamilton is a stolen bases artist, and he’s soon to join the Reds. (USATSI)
Lovers of speed, prospects and fantasy baseball take note: Billy Hamilton is coming.
In a press release early Friday evening, the Reds announced a bevy of roster moves that they “expect” to make September 1. Among them, purchase the contract of Triple-A’s version of Usain Bolt, Billy Hamilton.
Hamilton, 22, was a shortstop but has transitioned to center field this season. He’s hitting .256/.308/.344 with 18 doubles, four triples, six homers, 41 RBI and 74 runs this season. Oh yeah, he also has stolen 75 bases in 90 chances despite getting on base only 166 times. Between High-A and Double-A last season, Hamilton stole 155 bases — an MLB-affiliated professional baseball record — in 132 games.
Hamilton will surely get a spot start or two, but expect him to be heavily used as a late-inning pinch runner.

In the days of ‘Cordero’, there was talk of Ondrusek as being the future closer. In fact, Victorino (CF) was offered to the Reds in trade for him but the Reds refused the offer.. That time has passed and it appears that the prime time has also passed for Ondrusek. He has only good times dispersed with really bad times, however no really multiple innings; say 20-30 that set him aside of others. Too bad, the Reds thought much more of this guy.

The Reds calling up Billy Hamilton and others seem to be a good move, but only if you have a manager who knows how to use them. The Reds have Dusty . The more choices he has , the worse he does. There are now more people to keep HAPPY. The reds played their best baseball last year when Votto was hurt . Less choices for Dusty. AND who changes a batting order the game after you score 10 runs and Bruce has his best RBI day. GOOFEY DUSTY . FIRE DUSTY!!!

The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired first baseman Justin Morneau in a trade with Minnesota.

Mark, When do you work? How did Zach Duke get on the roster. Do you get paid? For what? You are off more than anyone. We need info.

You are aware that I work for MLB.com and this info is always available on the Reds site whether I am on or off? It’s not hard to find: reds.com

Well…under the new lineup change (Phillips to 2nd) the Reds have scored a total of 24 R over 3 games. Amazing change…guess we need to give it a bit more time though. The numbers over the 3 games is staggering, though.

Phillips numbers since moving to the 2-hole:
14 AB
6 R
7 H (2 DBL, 1 TPL, 1 HR)
4 RBI
Before the move: .264/.310/.404/.714
After the move: .270/.316/.421/.737
I have a feeling that he is trying to make a point.

Sunday’s lineup; Ludwick and Frazier “rested”…again…
Choo
Phillips
Votto
Bruce
Mesoraco
Heisey
Hannahan
Cozart
Leake

Lance McAlister
Cincinnati ESPN 1530
The Reds have purchased from Class AAA Louisville the contract of LHP Zach Duke (#30), optioned to Louisville RHP Nick Christiani and designated for assignment RHP Justin Freeman.
Prior to Sun’s game at Col the Reds are expected to recall from Class AAA Louisvill:
IF Henry Rodriguez (#36)
RHP Curtis Partch (#46)
OF Derrick Robinson (#15).
Prior to Monday afternoon’s game vs StL the Reds are expected to return from a rehabilitation assignment and reinstate from the 15-day disabled list C Corky Miller (#37), recall from Class AAA Louisville IF Neftali Soto (#50) and select from Louisville the contract of OF Billy Hamilton (#6).

Of all the reasons Votto won’t spark this team…running through a stop sign is
#1 on the list. Not too sure what this guy is thinking, but his blunders on base and
in the field are becoming a nuisance and counter productive.

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