Game 20: at NYM

Bruce was placed on paternity leave …. RHP Layne Somsen called up from Triple-A Louisville.

Reds lineup

Cozart 6
Suarez 5
Votto 3
Phillips 4
Mesoraco 2
Duvall 9
Schebler 7
Iglesias 1
Hamilton 8

36 Comments

I thought they are off today?

Off Thursday

Congrats, Jay! Hope everyuthing goes ok for baby and Mom.

This is a nice pitching matchup, until iglesias gets pulled.

The Reds put a position player on leave and call up a pitcher . Makes since to me .

What doesn’t make sense, Old Jim? Please enlighten me.

What happens if they need a pinch hitter in an extra inning game ? Why didn’t they bring up a position player ?

As you’ve probably noticed — especially after the Cubs series — the bullpen is among league leaders in innings pitched and pitches thrown. Starters haven’t gone deep and only one has made it seven innings. Higher probability they will need fresh arm from the bullpen than a bat off the bench.

Let’s think about this. Reds need hitting, so Bruce is on leave, Reds bring up a pitcher. Does this really make sense? Why in the world wasn’t a hitter such as Peraza or Winker brought up? Really is amazing how Jocketty runs this team. Of course Reds need pitching, but to lose a hitter and not bring up a hitter is not smart baseball which is the Reds way…

The best goes out to you Bruce ,your wife and baby….I have 4 children and there is no better thrill….

HEY WALT!! WATCH HOW TEAMS SCORE RUNS YOU HAVE TO HAVE HITTERS AND PITCHERS THAT CAN STOP THE OTHER TEAM. So be sure you do the opposite, keep Peraza, Winker and others that can hit down on the farm, along with Stephenson who has proven he can pitch and win in the majors. The big question is why does the owner/CEO keep him in charge????????????

Pitchers nearly always trumps a hitter; especially in this current situation the Reds find themselves in. If we look at only the last 13 G, the Reds are 5-8 while allowing 94 R over those 13 G or a R per game average of 7.23. The Reds pitching staff has not allowed them to be in very many games recently.

Short bench looks rough now that Phillips has come out.

Stinks! Really got beat up in that ab. And after extending his hitting streak against the Mets. Hope to goodness his hand is ok.

And if Phillips is out for a bit, coupled with the loss of Bruce for a couple of games, I imagine a position player will be summoned after all.

They would still be short . They won’t DL Phillips . They would have to send down a pitcher and Phillips won’t be able to play .

So what do the Refs have ? Is 13 pitchers and 12 position players . Not good . I disagree calling up a pitcher is a better move . You say a fresh arm . Isn’t this guy pitching in the minors . How fresh is he ? If he hadn’t pitched much in the minors , then how good is he . Bad move .

Whew – report on BP – hand not broken.

Once again . Great clutch hitting .

I think there are a few on board that have not seen the Reds plan for the rebuild this season. Here is the 4 point plan for 2016:
http://www.cincinnati.com/story/sports/mlb/reds/2016/04/01/reds-win-another-world-series/82506716/
I realize we all have our own thoughts on how the Reds should run their team, but I think we all need to understand how the Reds view the rebuild and what their modus operandi is over this season and into 2017 and beyond.

Hmmmmm. Tie game late . One bench player left . Makes ya think just a little now … Doesn’t it ?

Tweet from Mark…
Mark Sheldon ‏@m_sheldon 3m
It’s a boy for Jay and Hannah Bruce. Carter Bruce born at 9:08 p.m. #reds

Congratulations to the Bruce family!

Hooray & congrats!

Bruce will be gone for the next two G (Tuesday, Wednesday)…we are off Thursday. He will be back on Friday.

Depending on Phillips and whether he can go tomorrow or not, I would not be surprised if they brought up Peraza for the next two G and then send him back
down.

If Coach Price is being judged on the progress of the staff, I’ll just throw this out there. Based on comments of Simon not following scouting reports and shaking off, and the 0-2 curve last night for a blast, seems to me his message is falling on deaf ears. Just Saying……………..
Neb, find out stats about Mesoraco and Barnhart calling games. Who is better ?

I imagine a lot of players don’t and (or) won’t listen to their coaches . They make too much money . Much more than the coaches . They have inflated egos . Can you see Votto listening to the hitting coach . He already knows everything . He’s THE BEST HITTER IN BASEBALL HISTORY .

I’m still completely confused as to why any fan of the Reds (and I’m a die hard one) is expecting/wanting to win this season? You should be hoping we lose, unload Bruce and Phillips and get the first pick in the draft. That would be a good season this year IMHO. Where not going to win anything anyway……

I agree with you . I just think we are all tired of the stupid moves this club continues to make . (i.e. The Bruce move ) That will stay the same if Jocketty stays and they don’t get a manager who runs the show instead of letting the players run it .

Another stark reason that we need pitching, and we need it now…
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Inability to keep foes in park smothering Reds
Pitching staff collectively surrendering home runs at historic rate
http://m.reds.mlb.com/news/article/174590340/reds-pitchers-allowing-historic-homer-rate
(excerpt)
It’s been a big swarm of bites for the season. Cincinnati pitchers lead the Majors with 37 homers allowed in 20 games. Twenty-seven of those homers have come over the last 11 games, since April 15.
That puts the Reds on pace to allow 299 home runs for the season, which would smash the all-time record of 241 set by the 1996 Tigers and the club record of 236 that was claimed by the 2004 Reds. Four starters that season — Aaron Harang, Cory Lidle, Jose Acevedo and Paul Wilson — allowed at least 24 homers each.
“I think we have to get better at getting to the bottom of the zone and executing pitches,” Price said. “The home runs are up, but the walks are up, too. I think one leads to the other. When you’re throwing a lot of pitches, those hitters are seeing a lot of pitches, you’re spraying the ball in and out of the zone. I think that’s what really creates it.”

Reds…(rankings are of 15 teams in NL)…
…………………….
Overall ERA – 5.59 #13 (Washington #1 – 2.24)
Overall BAA – .261 #9 (Chicago #1 – .202)
Starters ERA – 5.07 #11 (Chicago #1 – 2.36)
Relievers ERA – 6.25 #15 (Washington #1 – 1.96)
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Overall AVG – .241 #11 (Pittsburgh #1 – .292)
Overall R – 80 #8 (Chicago #1 – 119)
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Team…………………RS…………..RA……………DIFF
Chicago…………….119…………..51……………..+68
St. Louis……………118…………..83……………..+35
Pittsburgh………….101…………..95……………..+6
Cincinnati……………80…………..122……………-42
Milwaukee…………..76…………..113……………-37

4/25/16 Cincinnati Reds transferred RHP Michael Lorenzen from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list. Right elbow sprain.

Behind the scenes…
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Todd Frazier Sought Extension With Reds Prior To Trade
http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/cincinnati-reds
(excerpt)
Prior to being dealt to the White Sox, third baseman Todd Frazier sought to reach agreement with the Reds on a deal to stay in Cincinnati for the long haul, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports (Twitter links). Frazier was ultimate swapped in a three-team trade that brought Jose Peraza, Scott Schebler, and Brandon Dixon in from the Dodgers.

According to Heyman’s report, Frazier and his representatives at CAA “made many proposals” to the Reds, one of which looked something like the seven-year, $100MM pact between the Mariners and Kyle Seager. Indeed, Frazier met with ownership just before he was dealt in an effort to find a way to add years to his contract and stick with the Reds.

If there is a silver lining to the Reds current play, its that they have had the toughest schedule in all of baseball thus far…
……………………..
MLB Relative Power Index (RPI) – 2016
http://espn.go.com/mlb/stats/rpi/_/sort/sos

Unfortunately, the Cubs are 2nd and are 14-5 while leading the Central by 3.5 G.

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