3/2 vs CLE

Updated lineup moves Hamilton to DH



Reds Could Wait Until July 2 To Finalize Deal With Alfredo Rodriguez

Robert Stephenson and Cody Reed will both be taking the mound today. They are arguably the two top Cincinnati Reds pitching prospects and certainly the two closest to helping out the big league club as we enter the 2016 season. With Stephenson, it’s usually about control. When he throws strikes, he gets guys out. Some days he shows good control of his fastball and other times he struggles with it. Watch for it and if it’s there, expect good results. With Cody Reed, look for the breaking ball. When he’s throwing it right, it’s got nice sweeping action to it and can lock up hitters.
Scott Schebler is getting a start in center field. While he’s played there in the minor leagues he’s not really known to be a future center fielder because his speed is mostly average/slightly above-average. If he can actually play there it would be huge. Not that you want to see your pitchers give up hard hit balls, but seeing Schebler have to extend his range in center would be a good things to see today.
Jose Peraza is getting the start at second base.

(excerpt) Allen was signed on 12/2/15…
Allen, who hits left-handed, has spent parts of four seasons in the majors with subpar results (.203/.290/.375) and hasn’t seen action above Triple-A since 2012. For his minor league career, the 29-year-old has hit .269/.354/.482 with 194 home runs. The role of backup, power-hitting first baseman is already occupied by Adam Duvall, but Allen could be some nice insurance to have in the organization.

When I first heard that Suarez was our new 3rd baseman, the first thing that sprang to mind is…can he play 3rd base, well? Today, he has played two fairly hot ground balls into outs; had he not made the plays, R would have scored.
Bottomline: he looks very, very good at 3rd base. His bat aint that bad either!

I agree he looks good so far. Yesterday however, top of 3, he makes the first out at third base. A basic no no, Votto follows with a rocket shot to left. Saurez would have easily scored from second.

Frazier was drafted as a SS moved to 2nd base because of his skill set. He then was moved to OF and 3rd base because of opportunities. Most SS are the most athletic player on the team. Most players can play multiple positions but baseball has stopped moving players around like they used to. I played 2nd, SS, and 3rd base in HS and didn’t see much of a difference once you learned the proper positioning on plays, many times athleticism takes over and you just make plays.

Here is an article (excerpt) written by Mark earlier this year about Suarez and the move to replace Frazier at 3rd base…sure looks comfortable at the hot spot, thus far…Funny, it appears that the Reds has no trouble finding exceptional players for 3rd base but havent found a solid LF since Dunn (2008)…
Suarez struck out 94 times in 398 plate appearances, or once in every 4.2 plate appearances. Frazier had 137 strikeouts in 678 plate appearances, or once in every 4.9 times at the plate. Frazier was valued at 4.0 Wins Above Replacement, while Suarez was at 0.8. Suarez did have a .341 batting average on balls in play, while Frazier had a BABIP of .271.
Except for three games at third base, Suarez has never played a position besides shortstop in the Major Leagues. He’s logged 48 Minor League games at third base but no significant time since 2009, his first year as a pro player in the Tigers’ system.
Suarez made some dazzling defensive plays at shortstop last season, but he was also error prone with 19 errors. He was tied for fourth most among Major League shortstops with at least 800 innings played. In advanced metrics according to Fangraphs, his minus-12.9 Ultimate Zone Rating and minus-12 Defensive Runs Saved were ranked 27th out of 27 shortstops with at least 800 innings.
During his brief time with the Reds, Suarez has shown a dedication to working on his craft, improving and listening to veteran teammates. There certainly will be a learning curve at third base, but he could be up for the challenge.

Encouraging couple of games to start spring training; team is comprised of scrappy ball players! Would love to see that continue throughout the year. If it does, we might surprise a few teams.

For you baseball lovers if you want to watch some good stuff go to you tube and search harry caray. And search pete venochan for harrys eulogy. Some really good touching funny stuff.

A set of Ty Cobb cards worth more than $1 million was just found in an old paper bag

Todays lineup; 3/3/16…

Cave, CF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500
De Jesus, SS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500
Votto, 1B 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
Phillips, 2B 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333
Bruce, RF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500
Duvall, LF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500
Pacheco, DH 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Barnhart, C 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Blandino, 3B 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
DeSclafani 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 –
Totals 0 0 0 0 0 0

Cabrera, R S C .000 1 1 0 0 0 0
Cozart R SS .000 0 0 0 0 0 0
Duran R RF .000 1 2 0 0 0 0
Hamilton, B S CF .000 1 2 0 0 0 0
Holt, T R CF .333 2 3 1 1 0 0
Mesoraco R C .000 0 0 0 0 0 0
Peraza R 2B .000 2 3 0 0 0 0
Rodriguez, Y R CF .000 2 3 0 0 0 0
Schebler L LF .333 2 3 1 1 1 1
Skipworth L C .000 0 0 0 0 0 0
Suarez R SS .600 2 5 2 3 0 2
Waldrop L RF .000 1 2 0 0 0 0
Bullpen T IP H BB SO ERA
Bailey R 0.0 0 0 0 –
Cingrani L 1.0 1 1 2 0.00
Contreras R 1.0 0 1 1 0.00
Cotham R 1.0 1 0 2 9.00
Davis, R R 0.0 0 0 0 –
Diaz, J R 1.0 2 0 0 9.00
Finnegan L 1.0 1 0 0 0.00
Garrett L 0.0 0 0 0 –
Hoover R 0.0 0 0 0 –
Iglesias, R R 0.0 0 0 0 –
Johnson, S R 0.0 0 0 0 –
Lamb, Jo L 0.0 0 0 0 –
Lorenzen R 0.0 0 0 0 –
Moscot R 2.0 2 0 1 4.50
O’Grady L 1.0 0 0 2 0.00
Romano R 0.0 0 0 0 –
Sampson R 1.0 1 0 3 0.00
Stephenson R 2.0 1 1 2 0.00
Wood, Bl R 1.0 2 0 1 9.00
Game Info

Batters faced: DeSclafani 0, Salazar 0.
Umpires: HP: HP Umpire. 1B: 2B Umpire. 3B: 3B Umpire.
Weather: 85 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 10 mph, Out to CF.
Venue: Goodyear Ballpark.
March 3, 2016

Not to be crazy but this team has enough talent to compete and surprise some people. If the pitching holds up and Bruce/Mez produce this team could stay in it for a couple of months. I would love nothing more than for Bruce to figure it out and be apart of this rebuild with Votto. That is could be a great combo for years if he could figure it out. Oh no did I just fall into the Bruce Trap again.

Lol…I would stand right with you, even though I have given up. But lets take a look…if Bruce excels, what would the Reds do? hmmm. They already have shown that they tried to trade him as early as mid-season 15…would they turn cheek and keep him? Or would they applaud his turnaround, only to then receive better trade chits from other teams? My take is that they branded him a trade-piece and he would only gain
better trade pieces in return. Hard to see our players leave, but as we can all see now, there is a major movement going on that has harvested a group of talent that we havent seen in quite some time; a group that appears to play more cohesively than quite some time. What I am seeing is…exciting baseball! Of course, this is after only 3 G in the spring; still very, very encouraging.

Ha Ha – I agree!

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