Games 112, 113: Reds at Indians

Talk amongst yourselves, politely, please. Try to keep the venom to a minimum.

88 Comments

Mark: Venom? Politeness?….Enjoy your time off….. Now here is hoping the Reds cut down the Tribe, and bring the Ohio CUP home.

@#%&* *&%@##$ $$#%^&*(@ ^&*. There, I feel much better now. Just kidding. Will do Mark. Enjoy your off time.

Monday’s lineup @ Cleveland; 7:05PM ET
1.Hamilton, CF
2.Bruce, RF
3.Frazier, 3B
4.Mesoraco, C
5.Pena, 1B
6.Schumaker, LF
7.Hannahan, DH
8.Santiago, 2B
9.Cozart, SS

Price makes it hard to control my venom. Hanahan the DH. Please tell me you’re kidding.

My lineup would be:
Hamilton, CF
Shumaker, LF
Frazier, 3B
Mesoraco, C
Bruce, RF
Ludwick, DH
Pena, 1B
Santiago, 2B
Cozart, SS
The only two players that have seen this SP is Pena (0/1) and
Santiago (4/7). Ludwick is just now starting to hit a little bit; knocking
in 3 RBI in the last two games.

If a LH hitter is preferable, why not Lutz .200 for last 7 with power instead of Hanahan .000 with no power. The current lineup for last 7 is #7 .000, #8 .154, #9 .174. Neb, I do like your line up. Note: Venom still under control.

Too many pure lefties. With this lineup we have three switch hitters with Hamilton, Pena and Santiago, yet five starting out against the righty. Only Bruce and Shumaker are pure lefties. So, any relievers they may want to bring in won’t last very long when it comes to “advantage”.

Can someone please explain to me why Bruce continues to bat 2nd? .216 average. I just don’t get it. Not like anyone is really scorching the ball, don’t get me wrong, but what about Frazier, or Shumaker? I think Bruce would be a little better suited in the 6 or 7 hole.

Price’s theory is twofold; #1…if Hamilton gets on, the #2 batter, in this case Bruce, will see an abundance of FB in order to try to keep Hamilton at 1st base, and #2…it gives Bruce the maximum number of AB’s. With that said, I disagree with that logic completely, as shown by my lineup above; I like Bruce batting in the #5 hole, behind Mesoraco and ahead of Ludwick.

So we have the DH and no Ludwick or Heisey in the line up. This screams Heisey in the field for defense and Ludwick DHing… Oh but we have Hannahan what was I thinking. I think he has played a game.

So this is what we get when they leave Price alone with a crayon? Hannahan – really? Is this one of his hunches that have worked so well?

You know, I know I sound like I am throwing in the towel, however I am reminded (while walking the internet) that The Reds are 7-6 against Milwaukee head-to-head and 9-4 against Pittsburgh. The Cardinals have scored fewer runs than the Reds – and they felt they needed to add two starting pitchers at the deadline.
So the Central is winnable and a wild-card spot even more so. But the Reds offense has been so bad lately that they’ve seemed incapable of putting a sustained run together. That in a nutshell is where we are. I continue to think that we need to stir the pot a bit and at least get a bonafide #4 clean up hitter that can take over LF. Not a fix, not a platoon player, not a 2B guy that can also play LF, but a stay out there every day (if Price permits it) and let him put holes in the boat or at least knock a few drinks out of the hands of the patrons onboard. And to do that, it will mean that we have to trade quality for quality. We still gotta wonder what resulted from the phone calls when Latos was put up for quotes; there were phone calls based on what I have gleaned and read on a number of sites. I am still of the opinion that everyone is tradable at a price…everyone. To get a tier 1 LF and clean up hitter, we will have to give up a tier 1 corresponding player; salaries would obviously be commensurate or at least understandable for both sides.

Bleacher report
By Justin Olexa , Featured Columnist
Aug 3, 2014
The Cincinnati Reds stood pat at the trade deadline; however, that does not mean they won’t be making a move through waivers. If Cincinnati wishes to be playing in October, it will need to bolster its bullpen and lineup.
According to MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon, general manager Walt Jocketty had this to say about not making a move before the non-waiver deadline:
“We were involved in a lot of different negotiations, but in the end, we’re looking mainly for offense. There really wasn’t the offensive pieces out there; none of the guys we talked about were moved. I think the asking prices were beyond what we felt comfortable [with], and obviously other teams felt the same way.”
The Reds still rank near the bottom of the league in all of the major offensive categories. Injuries to Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips can take some of the blame for that, but the Reds will need to pick it up offensively to make it to the playoffs.

If WALT does nothing before the Pirates/Cards or Brewers do, I will not buy any tickets the rest of this season.. being this close and refuse to get help is inexcusable… i cant stand the lies.. “We are Buyers” and do nothing, then watch this team score 2 or less runs most nights and its ok is not ok to me…much less playing backup players that dont produce like Hanahan is ridiculous.. i saw the lineup and predicted 0-1 runs tonight..

Didn’t understand trying to get 3rd inning out of Contreras. My pick for DH was Lutz and he smoked a double. Big Hanahan still at .000. Think Simon’s running out of gas. Offense still breaking wind. I had hoped the last game with the Marlins was a new beginning, but it appears it was only a hiccup. The fangs are growing, the venoms building. The bright side is seeing Bruce driving the ball to the LS and Mes continuing to come back.

Bottomline…this team cannot hit, plain and simple. Trade for bonafide hitters; no rentals, no over-the-hills, no marginal. We have the chits, so let’s get in the game.
Only parts savable…Hamilton, Frazier and Mesoraco; all else have had a number
of years to learn how to hit in the minors and continue to refuse to apply that knowledge in the majors. I am downright angry at this team. The worst part about this team is that there are some great folks forking out real $$$ to go see this team; for what? Swinging from the their heels at pitches you or I could throw? I am totally befuddled by what many believe is “talent” on the Reds when it comes to batting (save the listed three above). Amazing. We finally have an owner that is willing to
spend a great deal of money for a small market team and we can’t find a handful
of pure hitters. How do my brothern say it in Boston…”Fogetabout!?*”.

Sorry, I fogetabout….the “it”…

I am just so glad that we hung on to Simon. I mean things are only up from here… You cant tell me you couldnt get something for him with the season he was having.

I wonder what surprises Price has in store for us today when he posts his lineup. We need runs so I would expect Mes on the bench, Pena catching, Hanahan on 1st, Cozart at SS, and Bruce in the #2 hole. That ought to do it.

Price needs to look in a mirror and chew himself out for his ridiculous choices with the lineup as well as his game management. Chewing on the players won’t hurt but………

Odds to Win 2014 NL Pennant
Los Angeles Dodgers 8/5
Washington Nationals 3/1
St. Louis Cardinals 11/2
Milwaukee Brewers 6/1
San Francisco Giants 7/1
Atlanta Braves 9/1
Pittsburgh Pirates 13/1
Cincinnati Reds 18/1
New York Mets 100/1
Miami Marlins 100/1
San Diego Padres 500/1
Philadelphia Phillies 1000/1
Arizona Diamondbacks 2500/1
Chicago Cubs 2500/1
Colorado Rockies 5000/1
(updated August 4th)

Tuesday’s lineup @ Cleveland; 7:05PM ET…
1. Billy Hamilton (S) CF
2. Jay Bruce (L) RF
3. Todd Frazier (R) 1B
4. Ryan Ludwick (R) DH
5. Chris Heisey (R) LF
6. Brayan Pena (S) C
7. Kris Negron (R) 2B
8. Zack Cozart (R) SS
9. Ramon Santiago (S) 3B

Still would prefer Mes catching, Frazier 3rd, Pena 1b, Santaiago ss. Negron batting 2nd, Bruce 5th. I don’t understand why Price doesn’t call me before he makes out lineup.

I dont understand why Mez cant DH in this game. We need his bat. He is young and if we dont make up ground in the next two weeks then start to rest him. Right now this is the season…

Got to keep him fresh. Keep the replacements fresh. Kidding of course. Evidently Price thinks there’s always tomorrow. By the way, I like your idea better than mine. For the last 7 games Mes is hitting .333 w/ 5 RBIs.

I think it is because Price’s moves relative to the lineup are nearly all based on statistics. In this case, Ludwick is 2/4, 1 BB, 0 SO versus Cleveland’s SP…whereas Mesoraco is 0/3, 1 BB, 2 SO. While you all know that I am fond of statistics, I think in this case, I would also bat Mesoraco (26 years old) in clean up and DH role as the number of AB’s against this SP are not anywhere definitive. Of course, Ludwick has a massive resume but in his waning years (36 years old), when you compare Mesoraco (.333 w/1 HR, 5 RBI in last 7 days) versus Ludwick (.222 w/0 HR, 5 RBI in last 7 days), the numbers speak for themselves. Lastly, if Mesoraco played in a number of games more than he has played in, his overall numbers would not only lead the team but, could clearly be in the top echelon of the NL leaders. And so it goes…

Price learned well under Dusty, 2 blooming idiots.

Price learned well under Dusty, both are Blooming idiots.

I think that must have been last year when Mes faced Tomlin. Mes is NOT the same player he was last year. If Price used such a small sample from last year to make this decision then I rest my case that I am Done With Price (DWP). Ridiculous!

Allright…ONE IN A ROW! Keep it going guys!

Bruuuuuuuuuuuce. Looks like he may be coming out of it. GO REDS.

Wednesday’s lineup versus Cleveland (@GABP); 7:10PM ET
1. Billy Hamilton (S) CF
2. Jay Bruce (L) RF
3. Todd Frazier (R) 3B
4. Devin Mesoraco (R) C
5. Brayan Pena (S) 1B
6. Chris Heisey (R) LF
7. Kris Negron (R) 2B
8. Zack Cozart (R) SS
9. Mat Latos (R) P

Looks good, especially with Bruce appearing to come around. Go Reds – 2 in a row.

Must win tonight if we want the OHIO CUP.

I am not saying that Negron is any kind of answer but he is starting to prove me right over the years. I have always said why spend so much money on Utility players when there is almost always a guy in the minors that can do that job. I am not talking a go to back up player, but a guy that can play all over and maybe brings some speed to the game when needed. This is Negron. I hope he gets to stick around because he is earning that playing time. I predict he sits today, because I feel trapped in Dusty world some times. I really hope Price proves me wrong.

I hope you’re wrong too, but I share your doubts. I was yelling to give Frazier more of a chance over Rolen when Rolen was hurting. I share your feelings about Negron. When we do bring up a young player most of the time they sit while the “career over utility players” get the playing time. I think Lutz is a good example with Hanahan being given playing time when he doesn’t even belong on the 25 man roster. But we’re still alive and kicking. GO REDS.

No question about it. Baker played his vets over rooks, and did it his entire career with the Reds. Hopefully Price didn’t get brainwashed by Baker. But Price is an all-star manager, whereby he believes that all players should play every couple of days; or at least it seems that way. He also plays players out of position. I’d talk about his propensity for different lineups; 74 thus far excluding pitchers, but that topic has been abused. In any event, come September Price will have a chance to play 40 guys; hopefully he doesn’t get carried away if and when we are in a playoff hunting mode.

any word on the progress or lack of with Joey Votto

08/03 update…Possibly returning late August. Distal left quadriceps strain. Has begun light strengthening exercises as of Aug. 2 update. Received platelet-rich plasma injections in an effort to get past his lingering quad injury.

Pure conjecture on my part but I think there is more going on with Votto than just his injury. Just to hush hush by the Reds, the announcers, etc. Too low profile just for a physical injury.

Excerpt from Reds.com…
Lutz entered Tuesday 7-for-36 at the plate this season after batting .241 through 34 games last year. As he continues to log more time in the Majors, however, the difficulty of only seeing game action every three or four days is beginning to prove less hindering for the 25-year-old.

“It’s not easy,” Lutz said on Tuesday. “What I’ve learned from last year is you can’t get too upset with yourself. Say you get one at-bat and then get a couple days off, you can’t sit on that at-bat if it wasn’t successful. I remember last year, I kind of took that approach of, ‘I wish I could get another chance.’

“If you get that one chance, you got to be ready to perform. There’s no time to think about, ‘Is this right?'”

The Reds, for what it’s worth, would much prefer to see Lutz gain more seasoning in an everyday role with Triple-A Louisville, as he has only logged 119 at-bats at that level in his professional career. But with the club’s infield already dangerously thin with injuries to Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips, manager Bryan Price has had little flexibility in the matter.

“I think Donald would benefit from playing more regularly,” Price said. “But right now where we are with our 40-man roster, he’s better suited to come up here and give us that bench support.”
……………………………………..

Price isn’t even shy about spot playing his players.

Understand, but disagree in a way. Hanahan has started at 1st and was DH. That is Lutz time as far as I’m concerned. If Lutz would benefit from more playing time then play him not Hanahan.

Corky Miller’s jersey to be retired by Louisville Bats
Jonathan Lintner, The Louisville Courier-Journal 1:30 p.m. EDT August 6, 2014
Corky Miller is known to many Louisville Bats baseball fans for his mustache, but he’ll be remembered by his No. 8 jersey, the first to be retired by the franchise.
The Bats announced this week an Aug. 31 “Corky Miller Night” to honor the career of the longtime catcher who originally signed with the Cincinnati Reds in 1998 and played for a decade in their minor league system.
Miller will be honored with an image of his jersey on the wall at Louisville Slugger Field unveiled at 5:40 p.m. and before a 6:05 p.m. first pitch between the Bats and Indianapolis Indians.
A member of the Reds’ system for 10 years, Miller holds the Bats’ all-time record for games played (548) and doubles hit (99) while ranking among the top five in at-bats (1,703), home runs (50), hits (416) and RBIs (236).
Miller, 38, started the season with the Bats but in May moved to the temporary inactive list. In June, he went on the disabled list for a back strain and hasn’t played since.
But Miller remains in the Cincinnati Reds organization, now working as a roving instructor in the club’s minor-league levels, and has talked openly about wanting to coach.
In addition to on-field ceremonies, the first 2,500 fans at Slugger Field on Aug. 31 will receive a commemorative Miller poster.

I for one like the moving position players around to provide more options. I think the Bruce was over doing it. But I like Frazier and Pena at first. I would have no issue with Hamilton at SS if ever needed. I think he should be the back up. Provides more flexibility, especially when you have Heisey to back up Hamilton. I think during offseason the Reds should push more flexibility with positions. It makes players more valuable. You want to keep your spot in the order, 3 or 4 etc. Then you need to earn it with production.

Refreshing thought, earning your place based on what you are producing now, NOT past history.

Thursday’s lineup versus Cleveland; 7:10PM ET
1. Billy Hamilton (S) CF
2. Jay Bruce (L) RF
3. Todd Frazier (R) 1B
4. Devin Mesoraco (R) C
5. Ryan Ludwick (R) LF
6. Kris Negron (R) 2B
7. Ramon Santiago (S) 3B
8. Zack Cozart (R) SS
9. Homer Bailey (R) P

This is Pena’s 3rd game off in the last 8 games. Doesn’t make sense to me since he is hitting .339 since AS and .400 for last 7.

I went to game last night. First of year, usually do about 15 a year. I like the lineup last night considering what their options are. They seem to be a closely knit team and they are definitely trying to the best of their ability. I think Price has a lot to do with that. One of the more entertaining Reds teams I have watched in recent years. Over the least few years I have seen the best pitching staff that I have ever seen for the Reds. They do miss Votto and BP for sure.

I hope you realize now why they were holding him back.

The Indians show what a *bad* defensive team looks like. The Reds’ lack of hitting is so very frustrating, but we’ve gotten spoiled by their defense. Pitching’s been terrific. If they could only put it all together, what a record they could put up!

Yes they should’ve caught Billy’s triple but both outfielders slowed up because of their indecision of whose ball it was. Luckily it was hit in no man’s land.

If Billy wants to go home you send Billy. I honestly think an infielder will mess up the throw enough to allow him to score. I mean our 3rd base coach sends everyone but hold up Billy. Who does he work for? It seems every call that is close is the wrong call.

Friday’s lineup versus Marlins; 7:10PM ET

1. Billy Hamilton (S) CF

2. Jay Bruce (L) RF

3. Todd Frazier (R) 3B

4. Devin Mesoraco (R) C

5. Brayan Pena (S) 1B

6. Skip Schumaker (L) LF

7. Kris Negron (R) 2B

8. Zack Cozart (R) SS

9. Mike Leake (R) P

Lutz has not made an appearance in the last 7 games. 1 AB in last 8. Skip scares me in the OF. Oh well, I will continue to be a voice for the young players rather than the “end of career guys”.

Where is Manny Randhawa who was suppossed to take over blog for Mark until he gets back. Would love to see more new info posted.

I dont think he was taking over the blog – you have to see his reports on regular mlb Reds.

IMO, poor game management by Price.
1. Not replacing Pena with Lutz.
2. Not PHing for Leake in top of 7th
3. Using Hanahan as PH instead of Lutz
In spite of it Reds almost pulled it out. Going to lose a game to Pirates, don’t gain ground on Cardinals, Can’t gain ground on Brewers and could lose a game.

Saturday’s lineup versus Marlins; 7:10PM ET

1. Billy Hamilton (S) CF

2. Jay Bruce (L) RF

3. Todd Frazier (R) 1B

4. Devin Mesoraco (R) C

5. Ryan Ludwick (R) LF

6. Skip Schumaker (L) 2B

7. Kris Negron (R) 3B

8. Zack Cozart (R) SS

9. Alfredo Simon (R) P

Neb. Thanks for keeping the lineups posted.

Bruce, Frazier, and Mes need to start cranking the long ball. Frazier has 1 HR since he was in the HR Derby. Seems like every game from now on can be considered a must win. Can’t afford to lose a series.

Lutz to AAA. Barnhart called up. Looks like they are going to be careful with Pena. Glad to see it. Can’t afford to lose him for an extended period of time. At least Lutz will get some playing time.

Sam LeCure. Not a Major League Baseball pitcher. Embarrassing

Price keeps going to the same well hoping for different results. Other than the HR, Bruce looked liked before, trying to pull pitches away. Never went to the opposite field. Seems like a lot of pick offs of Reds runners, except this time there was no reason for Heisey to be leaning, he wasn’t going anywhere until bunt was down. Bonehead play.

the team had ZERO focus this game.. From Simon NOT throwing to 3rd to get a easy DP on Penny’s bunt, to the 3rd base coach sending Bruce and he was a dead duck, To Bruce not catching the ball in RF, to Bruce going back to pulling everything. , to Hiesey napping at 1st, to losing to a pitcher that hasnt pitched in the majors in over 2 years!!!!.. I hope Walt and BOB and Price sleep good tonight, this team has failed and all that wasted starting pitching this season.. PLUS why cant this team ascore at home?> what band box? more like grand canyon to these guys..and what i fear? since Walt doesnt use the deadline to improve the team at all, i doubt he does a dang thing in the off season too.. he will get extended, but doesnt do anything to better the team.. GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

It gets really frustating to be a fan pulling for this team, and see so many fundamental mistakes. So I’ll add my GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR.

Reds lineup 8/10
1.2B: Kristopher Negron
2.RF: Jay Bruce
3.1B: Todd Frazier
4.C: Devin Mesoraco
5.LF: Ryan Ludwick
6.CF: Chris Heisey
7.3B: Ramon Santiago
8.SS: Zack Cozart
9.SP: Johnny Cueto

Going to first game this season and bummer no Hamilton. Really wanted to see him live. Hopefully Cueto can shut them out so we can win one.

Go Reds. I would want to see Hamilton too.

You saw a good one.

If Pena was healthy , Mesoaco would not be in today’s game. HE HAS 2 HOME RUNS AND 7 RBI. I would be willing to bet that the next time Cueto pitches , Dusty Price will not have Mesoraco in the lineup . He may not have him in tomorrow’s lineup. That is how stupid Price is.

I hope Price isn’t stupid enough to put Mesoraco in the lineup tomorrow… since they aren’t playing a game tomorrow.

Kelch and the Cowboy were insinuating that Cueto was rattled in the beginning after he gave up 2 HR’s because he didn’t have Pena catching. Bullcrap. Both of the HR’s were because Cueto didn’t come close to hitting target not because Mes was catching. Both pitches were belt high down the middle. If Mes doesn’t catch, chances are Cueto loses 2-1 because as usual the rest of the offense did nothing.

Jordan. You’re right.LOL How about Tuesday

Strong. You are right on the money ! If Cueto is that mentally weak, he shouldn’t ( wouldn’t ) be a major league pitcher. You have to remember. These announcers know who butters their bread. They want to stay in the good graces with Dusty Price.

You remember how Arroyo always had a personal catcher? I really wonder if these pitchers ask for one. And if that causes hardship with the starter.

Yes I do remember. You could be right. In my opinion, that’s lettig the tail wag the dog. When that happens , the full potential of a team or an individual is never reached. The players of today are so pampered anyway. Anything is possible. I don’t , however , believe Arroyo asked for one. (could be wrong) I think it’s just an excuse for the manager to make an individual happy. That method of managing doesn’t win either. Could you imagine telling Bench he couldn.t catch a particular pitcher ?

By the way, Bench was interviewed during one of the recent telecastsand was talking about the mistake the Reds made with Mes early when they allowed Hannigan to be catcher of preference for Arroyo and other pitchers. He said Hannigan was an offensive liability and slowed Mes’s progress and it cost the Reds. Definitely came across as against this practice and also is a huge fan of Mes and his skills and developement. Given a choice I’ll listen to JB and not Price.

Reds ranked #16…
If you are wondering how the roller-coaster Reds have remained in contention, look no further than catcher Devin Mesoraco. On Sunday, Mesoraco hit two homers, including his third grand slam of the season, and drove in six runs. The young All-Star backstop is hitting .293/.366/.580, and leads all MLB catchers in home runs (20). — Chad Dotson Redleg Nation

Strong. Bingo ! Bench has forgotten more about baseball than Dusty Price knows. Neb . I’ll say it again. If I’m Mesoraco and Price continues this practice, I want out of Cincinnati . What other team sits an all-star catcher So ONE pitcher can have a personal catcher. The sooner the Reds’ organization realizes Price is not the answer , the better.

Mesoraco…
2014: .293-.366-.580-.945, 20 HR, 61 RBI, 79 games, 309 PA.
2011-13: .225-.282-.359-.641, 16 HR, 62 RBI, 175 games, 589 PA.
On pace for 27 HR, 84 RBI this year.
Rank among ML catchers (min 250 PA)
4th BA, 4th OBP, 1st OPS, 1st HR, 2nd RBI, 5th doubles.
AB per HR
12.6 Encarnacion, Blue Jays
13.1 Abreu, White Sox
13.8 Mesoraco (does not have enough PA to qualify)
14.2 Carter, Houston
14.6 Cruz, Orioles
15.0 Stanton, Marlins
15.0 Tulowitzk, Rockies

We can only imagine if he had played in more games and batted 4th…
Mesoraco…79 G…276 AB…20 HR…61 RBI….293/.366/.580/.945
WAR: 3.7 (15th in NL)
Frazier……117 G…452 AB…20 HR…62 RBI….281/.340/.460/.800
WAR: 3.4 (19th in NL)
…and Frazier is having an outstanding year!

Excerpt of thoughts on GM’s…
Ken Rosenthal
FOX Sports
AUG 10, 2014 9:29p ET
Walt Jocketty is in the final year of his contract, raising the question of whether he will remain GM. There is no indication that Jocketty wants to leave, or that owner Bob Castellini wants him out. The Reds, even with all of their injuries, remain in contention.
The idea of La Russa hiring Jocketty for the D-backs is intriguing; La Russa was Jocketty’s manager with the Cardinals, and Jocketty owns a home in Arizona. The Reds, though, stand a much better chance than the D-backs of winning a World Series in the near future.
Jocketty, 63, would need to navigate the Cincinnati club through a challenging juncture; all of the team’s starting pitchers but Homer Bailey are eligible for free agency after the 2015 season, and the Reds will need to trade at least one this winter.
Assuming Jocketty gets to choose, the most logical course for him would be to stay with the Reds, perform the necessary restructuring and take another shot once Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips are healthy next season.

Respect Rosenthal but there is no guarantee that Votto and Philips will return “healthy” again in the context of the article. Last year Brandon didn’t return healthy and didn’t recover from his injuries and produce like before. Votto didn’t either and now they have been reinjured. I’m not saying they won’t contribute, but not carrying the team. Neither will Bruce. The future belongs to Frazier, Mes, and Hamilton as the cornerstones. P{ersonally I hope Jocketty is not retained and a new GM will come in to do the restructuring necessary.

JOHNNY CUETO NAMED
NATIONAL LEAGUE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Johnny Cueto has been named the National League Player of the Week for the week ending August 10th. The announcement was made earlier today on MLB Network.

Cueto was 2-0 last week in two starts, tossing a Major League-high 17.0 innings while ranking second in the N.L. with 15 strikeouts. The 2014 All-Star tossed his fourth complete game of the season on Tuesday, scattering five hits and allowing two runs over 9.0 innings of work in a 9-2 victory at Cleveland. Cueto fanned six in the contest while issuing two free passes enroute to his 13th victory of the season. The 28-year-old right-hander needed 117 pitches (83 strikes) in the outing as he improved to a perfect 4-0 (including two complete game efforts) in six career starts against the Buckeye State rivals. Cueto also added to his career Interleague credentials with the victory, improving to 12-5 with a 2.51 ERA (38 ER/136.1 IP) against American League teams during his seven-year career.

Johnny was good, Johnny is good, Johnny be good.

I saw where the reds released CF Ryan LaMarre. Was He injuryed or are the Reds moving in a new direction and he just wasn’t part of there plays?

I am wondering when we are going to go down to the minors and get some hitting help. Or, is there just no one hitting that can spill the players on the roster. About the only change I see for the pitching is maybe J.J. Hoover to go down for awhile and move Ryan Dennick up.

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