Hamilton still day-to-day

When the Reds clubhouse opened Tuesday afternoon, Reds rookie center fielder Billy Hamilton was concerned he might have to go on the disabled list as he awaited an examination with Dr. Tim Kremchek. The middle of his left hand remained swollen from the two sprained knuckles he’s had since Thursday. A testing out of the injury on the field earlier today did not go well.

“After swinging the bat today, it’s very tough,” Hamilton said. “I did three swings, maybe, I couldn’t hold on to the bat. The bat fell out of my hand.”

Later, Kremchek did see Hamilton.

“He looked at him and he’s shown some improvement but he’s still the proverbial day-to-day,” Reds GM Walt Jocketty said.

No MRI was ordered for Hamilton at this point.

“It’s all about the pain,” Jocketty said. “There’s nothing, from what I understand, more he can do to damage it. It’s just being able to tolerate the pain.”

Jocketty was not planning on putting Hamilton on the disabled list, which is already loaded with lots of players.

“Not yet,” Jocketty said. “I don’t know who we’d replace him with.”

That was in reference to several organizational outfielders also being on the DL in the Minors — from Ryan LaMarre to Yorman Rodriguez to Jesse Winker. Donald Lutz recently came off but has been sick.


Mark. Speaking of DL, any updates on Mes/Latos/Cingrani?

Jocketty needs to study list of players currently not working and check on possible available players

Felix Doubront pitching for Boston CIN BOS
T Frazier walked
R Ludwick doubled to deep center, T Frazier to third
S Schumaker singled to center, T Frazier scored, R Ludwick to third
Z Cozart flied out to right
N Soto grounded into fielder’s choice to third, R Ludwick out at home, S Schumaker to third
T Barnhart flied out to right
THIS is what the Reds have to stop; regardless who is batting. Unfortunately,
Cozart is one of the ones that perpetuates the model.
This will hold us back from the promised land.

I honestly dont mind it if Price takes the bat out of our batters hands. Meaning squeeze bunt, the take sign. How does Frazier strike out on three pitches (all outside the strike zone) when the batter infront and behind walk on four pitches. That was huge… End of the day I think we just arent deep enough to withstand all of these injuries without someone like Votto going on a tear… I only point to him in this because he is the most likely to do this as well needs to get going now.

I’d sure like to get Lutz back up to the majors. This team needs some help ASAP!

Neb, are the Reds really any worse than the other clubs at advancing the runner, avoiding double plays, clutch hitting? What’s the best metric for that? I looked at team OPS with runners in scoring position – in the NL this year we’re 5th. I think it always feels like “our” team misses golden opportunities to score while the other team doesn’t, but in actuality it’s pretty much the same for everyone. Last year, the Cards were unbelievable with RISP, but this year they’re 12th in the division. Until proven otherwise, I think differences in “clutch” hitting vs. hitting in general is pretty much just luck.

Don’t take this as me defending Cozart’s at bats. I most certainly am not. If we had a 10th spot in the order, I’d put him in it. Among qualifying shortstops, his OPS of .542 is lowest in the league. By a lot. To me, he and Frazier are in a position this season to prove that they should be major league starters, or prove that they aren’t. Frazier is doing a fine job (with definite room for improvement) but I think Walt needs to be looking for Cozart’s replacement.

My point was and is that the Reds are ‘rally killers’; seldom having a big inning. I think they have also lost 10 or 11 1-R games. Here are the stats off of ESPN, taken today, which illustrates the Reds woes (of NL or 15 teams):
…and the salient features that just won’t cut it…
scoring position-9th
scoring position w/ 2 out-10th
All of the current numbers only underline the Reds woes and
merely underline their position in the Central; several games out
of first place. We can moan and groan all we want, but until they
start learning and applying plate discipline and situational hitting,
well, nobody better be too upset about where we are in the standings.

You’re focusing more on batting average w/RISP, but I thought we all decided several years ago that OPS was a better measure of performance at the plate, which is why I looked at OPS w/RISP, which shows the Reds performing above average. We have the 5th best OPS with two outs and RISP as well. Admittedly, the most important number is Runs, and we’re not doing well at that, as you pointed out.
I’d have expected us to hit more home runs this season. Maybe bad weather in Cincinnati in the early part of the season is partly to blame. Now that it’s consistently warm, hopefully a few more balls will be leaving the yard and our run totals will rise. I’d never expect CIN to be anywhere near the top of the doubles or triples lists based on the size of the park (especially with Hamilton on the bench).

Neb. I understand all the stats, but this group of players will never have plate discipline or do well at situational hitting. They have shown NO signs of improving over the past two years. As far as I’m concerned , the primary purpose for stats are to benefit players and owners in contract negotiations. The only stat that counts is whether you win or lose.

Jim…baseball is stats. If for any other purpose they ‘rank’ one team against another and one player against another; a mark in the sand, if you will. Winning is everything, yet statistics support winning, or at minimum they provide a template for winning, imo.
When all statistics are boiled down, there are two that remain as the most important;
R and RBI. These two statistics support winning and must be obtained to win. All other statistics are supporting cast, yet telling. The Reds are ranked 25th of all 30 teams in R and RBI production. That will not get it done, regardless of our outstanding SP. One indicator is another statistic; 11 one-R loses which leads MLB.
The saddest part about this problem is that we are continuing right where we left off last season and the season before that. It’s become repetitious and common place;
unfortunately, so have the last few seasonal outcomes.

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