Game 26: vs. SF

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Wonder what Prices logic was to move Suarez from the 2 hole to the 6 hole.
Unhappy with his 2 hole results?:
.284/.341/.481/.822
5 HR, 14 RBI, 81 AB

It’s because he’s an awful manager, and has no idea what he is doing. Worst manager in baseball.

No mesoroco, playing short again. Cozart is probably unavailable as well.

I was being facetious. Suarez should be batting 2nd and left there, not anywhere else. Price moved him to 4th and he went 1 for 8. Now he moves him to 6th. Price has a philosophy that any player can play multiple positions and bat anywhere in the lineup.
Where he adopted this logic is beyond me. What makes this move more ridiculous on the surface; he moves DeJesus into the 2 hole. I have said it ever since mid season 2014…Bruce has absolutely no managerial sense of the game. His milk-toast, Sunday softball, mentality is a real negative for this team. Players that settle into a position or batting order are routinely moved around at the height of the play/batting. I trust at maximum, he will finish this season and will not be resigned under any circumstances.

I mean come on. Suarez has BY FAR been our best player all season. So what should we do? Lets move him down to the 6 hole and mess with his psyche. If this doesn’t scream tanking, then I’m not sure what does….Price is getting whispers from upstairs that if we hit Suarez in the 2 hole, it might win us 1-2 more games a week, so let’s move him down in the order to tank even worse. I don’t mind the logic since were not doing anything anyway. But if it’s not for this reason, then surely Price has NOOOOOOO IDEA WTH HE HIS DOING.

I can see the logic of Suarez in a run producing role. I would switch him with Phillips. Suarez 4, Phillips 2.

Agreed telepicker although BP has shown he can handle the cleanup spot fairly well and has that experience. Price did show his confidence in Suarez by batting him cleanup recently. So he is as you say using him as a run producer and I have no problem with that. Three more home runs and Bruce will be the home run leader at GABP. Speaking of BP, he and Joey are the leaders in games played in tandem on the right side for the Reds and actually are the top tandem playing presently in the major leagues.

As suspected, there is a health issue for Mesoraco.
Tweeted from Mark…
Mark Sheldon
‏@m_sheldon
Mesoraco had MRI on left shoulder. Discussion still needed before deciding course of action. DL is a possibility #reds.

Tweet from Mark…
Mark Sheldon ‏@m_sheldon 1 hour ago
Bailey has been shut down from throwing a few days to let elbow calm down. Taking cautious approach after first setback #reds.

Cozart, Duvall and Mesoraco nurse injuries
http://www.cincinnati.com/story/sports/mlb/reds/2016/05/01/cozart-duvall-and-mesoraco-nurse-injuries/83802370/
(excerpt)
Zack Cozart wore a huge smile as he stood in the Reds’ clubhouse following Sunday’s 6-5 win. He was happy, for sure, his team won, but even more than that, he was relieved.

For seemingly the first time in a long time, the Reds got good news on the injury front, as Cozart was told his surgically repaired right knee was structurally sound after he left Sunday’s game in the eighth inning after he reached on a two-run error.

So , let’s get this straight . Three position players are probably out for tonight . That leaves two extras . Lol What a joke ! Injuries , injuries and more injuries . How long does it take to decide whether Mesoraco should be DL’d and Cozart’s knee is structurally sound , then why isn’t he in the line up ? Oh , it’s too cold . This organization sucks .

They’ll probably call up a fresh arm. Lol

So Joey Votto would rather quit than play the way he’s playing . Oh NOOO . What will Major League Baseball to without it’s greatest player . It would no doubt shut down . Hey Joey ! Don’t let the door hit ya in the rear end on the way out . Like I said earlier . You wouldn’t even crack the Big Red Machine’s starting lineup . You’re not even close to putting a career together as good as Tony Perez . Get over yourself !

shut up

Wish everybody was as conscientious about his game as Joey is!

Make my day Joeeeey! Eat dirt.

Truth hurts !!!

This is the dumbest thing I’ve ever read. Yeah we overpaid him. No doubt there is nobody in the league worth 200 mil. But the guy is one of the top 5 hitters in baseball. Get out of the 70’s and open your eyes. He works harder on his game than anybody on this team and continues to produce even though his team is constantly losing. I mean the guy finished 3rd in MVP voting last year on a 64 win team. That’s completely unheard of. Kick rocks Old Jim, your Alzheimers is kicking in again.

Votto – last 7 G
23 AB, 1 HR, 6 RBI
.304/.414/.435/.849

MLB Trade Rumors…
The Reds have signed former Rockies first-rounder Kyle Parker to a minor league deal, reports Baseball America’s Matt Eddy. Parker, 26, logged 112 plate appearances with the Rox last season but batted just .179/.223/.311 with three homers. The first baseman/outfielder does have solid .285/.332/.442 line in parts of two minor league seasons, and he’ll give the Reds some additional depth at what is currently a somewhat uncertain position.

We have enough professional minor league players. Shebler and Duvall for just 2 of them.

NL Central Notes: Votto, Cardinals, Kang
http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2016/05/nl-central-notes-votto-cardinals-kang.html
(excerpt)
“I’m here to play and be part of setting a standard. It’s something I’ve always taken pride in,” he said. “I love to play at a really high level. So far this year, it’s not been that. I will not be a very satisfied, happy person if I don’t perform at the level that I expect.” The 32-year-old Votto, a career .309/.421/.529 hitter, is coming off a 7.4-fWAR season, so he seems like a prime candidate to return to form as 2016 progresses. “I signed up for a high-level of performance. I didn’t sign up for this just to make money,” he added.

USA TODAY POWER RANKINGS (Published On: 2016-05-02)
http://www.usatoday.com/sports/mlb/rankings/
#29 Cincinnati
Reds – 10-15
Sometimes blow more saves in one game than Mariano Rivera did over entire seasons.
……………………
Atlanta (#30) must really be pathetic.

The national league in general is a bit bottom heavy.

So far the Cubs and Nats are in a league by themselves.

Pretty amazing…after all these years the Cubs finally decided to do something about it…
Best start since 1932!

Its official…
Reds Media Relations ‏@RedsPR now
The Reds have placed on the 15-day disabled list C Devin Mesoraco, retroactive to Thursday, with a torn labrum in his left shoulder.

Cabrera called up.

Tweet by John Fay; re: Cozart
John Fay ‏@johnfayman 3 hours ago
Cozart is ok. Could play tonight. Price is giving him a day to deal with tendinitis #reds

Lol . Poor Baby !!

Lets not forget to add Mesoraco…
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Reds Updated Status Due Back Injury Notes
Bailey, Homer (P) 04/29 15-day DL Possibly early May Recovering from May 2015 Tommy John surgery Sent on Triple-A rehab assignment April 21.
Cozart, Zachary (SS) 05/01 Any day Day-to-day Right knee tendinitis Exited game early May 1.
DeSclafani, Anthony (P) 04/30 15-day DL Possibly early May Left oblique strain Made Single-A rehab start April 29,
Iglesias, Raisel (P) 05/01 15-day DL Possibly May Right shoulder impingement Placed on 15-day DL on May 1, retroactive to April 26.
Lamb, John (P) 04/28 15-day DL Possibly early May Recovering from December 2015 back surgery. Sent on Triple-A rehab assignment April 16.
Lorenzen, Michael (P) 04/26 60-day DL Possibly June Mild strain, tendinitis in right elbow Has progressed to long-toss program as of April 26 update.
Rodriguez, Yorman (CF) 04/03 15-day DL TBD Left hamstring strain Placed on 15-day DL on April 3, retroactive to March 27.
Skipworth, Kyle (C) 05/01 60-day DL TBD Recovering from December 2015 left ankle surgery Placed on 15-day DL on April 3, retroactive to March 31; transferred to 60-day DL on May 1.

Homer Bailey (elbow) shut down for a few days…
Homer Bailey (elbow) said Monday that he expects to be shut down for 5-7 days.
Bailey got roughed up in his most recent minor league rehab start last Tuesday and it was revealed on Sunday that he suffered a slight setback. It’s not believed to be serious, so the Reds are hoping that a few days of rest will get him back on track. Bailey was previously expected to rejoin the Reds by mid-May, but his timetable is up in the air right now.
Source: John Fay on TwitterMay 2 – 4:03 PM

Ok…game time…lets go get this rummy starting pitcher!?*

Joey had some neat comments about hitting against Cueto today.

Tweet from Mark; re: speculation on Lamb…
Mark Sheldon ‏@m_sheldon 36 minutes ago
Mark Sheldon Retweeted Louisville Bats
Lamb was supposed to make this start and was scratched. Possible he could return to #reds?

Bailey’s shutdown latest frustration for Reds
Team may review medical practices as pitcher injuries continue
http://m.reds.mlb.com/news/article/175834384/reds-homer-bailey-shut-down-from-throwing
(excerpt)
Just when some Reds pitchers and manager Bryan Price thought they were close to being out from under injury woes, they got pulled back in. Homer Bailey and Anthony DeSclafani were expected to have their rehab assignments by now, but both are currently shut down from throwing.

Add Raisel Iglesias going on the disabled list with a recurrence of shoulder issues and Jon Moscot battling soreness with his surgically repaired non-throwing shoulder, and the frustration is piling up as injuries seem to have plagued the Reds in recent seasons.

I appears somebody is learning how to hit and lead off.

Yep, that is probably why Price has the SS batting second, when Cozart comes back he will plug right in that slot.

Whatever Mesoraco has done to take of himself has been a bad cocktail. I’m pretty sure he was one of those kids in high school who had tommy john. Seems to me to much weight room and something something. Something is up. Players going down like flies. Ya can’t help the club if your in the tub..

Neb you need to tell everyone how bad we are with barnhart behind the plate. Stats don’t lie. Mr. C please do something. Please. Fans are not happy..

Boy our new pitching coach has done wonders for this ball club.

On this date in 1939 Lou Gehrig took himself out of the lineup ending one of the most special streaks in baseball history that being consecutive games played. I was two years old at that time.

Tuesday morning: “Finnegan will need to pitch a complete game to win.” And the Nostradamus Award goes to … me! I’d like to thank the Academy, my parents and especially Ramirez, Cingrani and all the boys in the ‘Pen.

We need relief…
Reds relievers allowed at least 1 run for the 20th consecutive game to tie the single-season Major League record since 1900.

Reds starters have pitched quality starts in 4 of last 6 G.

They said it couldn’t be done, and the bullpen went out and did it. On the other hand, what’s the average innings pitched by starters – 5 1/3? Less? That’s a lot of opportunities for a bad bullpen to be bad.

On the bright side, JJ Hoover reduced his ERA to 13.97. LMFAO this is the biggest joke of a baseball team that I’ve ever seen.

BAR: Reds getting what they pay for in bullpen
http://www.cincinnati.com/story/sports/mlb/reds/redsblog/2016/05/03/bar-reds-getting-what-they-pay-bullpen/83861554/
(excerpt)
Why is the Reds’ bullpen so bad?

Well, the short answer is you get what you pay for. The payroll for the Reds’ current bullpen is $4,754,765.

(Here I must note, that’s using the active roster of seven relievers and what those seven would make over a full season, so it’s not the exact number of what the team will pay out, but it’s a good representation.)

That’s less than the Rockies left-handed reliever Jake McGee is making this season ($4.8).

The Reds are spending just 5.11 percent of their payroll on the bullpen — the lowest percentage in baseball. The lowest a team could spend on a seven-man bullpen would be $3,552,500, a difference of just $1,202,265 million, an amount that wouldn’t even allow Brad Brach into that budget (he makes $1.25 million).

Neutralizing Joey Votto
https://redlegnation.com/2016/04/29/neutralizing-joey-votto/
(excerpt)
From 2009-2015, the league pitched Votto inside anywhere from 25.8%-29.8%
of the time. However, in 2016 they started pitching him inside a great deal more;
35.2%. Here is what Votto had to say about it:
“I’m still willing to hit the inside pitch to the middle of the field,” said the Canadian slugger. “The key is how close I can get that barrel to my body. Part of that is choking up. If I shorten my 34-inch bat to 31 inches by choking up, all of a sudden the barrel is three inches closer to my body. The second part is…I don’t know if I’m steep as much as I’m willing to keep my elbows tight as I swing, and I’m willing to pull my hands in as close as possible as I swing. That majorly zaps power, but for me I have a chance to put the ball in play, I have a chance to hit the ball to the left part of second base in the air, and there’s only one fielder over there, and I have the power to hit the ball over the shortstop’s head.”

MLB Trade Rumors…
The Reds have purchased the contract of catcher Rafael Lopez from the Bridgeport Bluefish, the indy league club announced. He’ll head to Triple-A Louisville, providing another depth option for an organization that is filling in for injured MLB starter Devin Mesoraco. Lopez, 28, has only appeared briefly at the major league level. He spent last season at Triple-A in the Cubs and Angels systems, slashing .266/.339/.335 over 246 plate appearances.

Veteran Samardzija to oppose young Reds starter
http://m.mlb.com/news/article/20160502175842086?game_pk=447265
(excerpt)
Tuesday night’s Reds-Giants rematch will be a study in contrasts, with San Francisco right-hander Jeff Samardzija (3-1, 3.86 ERA) opposing a relatively untested Reds starter in the pitching matchup.

Right-hander Jon Moscot (0-2, 4.02 ERA), who’s trying to cope with soreness in his non-throwing shoulder, is tentatively scheduled to start for the Reds. Cincinnati also has left-hander John Lamb on standby after it scratched his scheduled rehab start at Triple-A Louisville on Monday. Neither has accumulated significant big league service and thus each has faced Giants hitters on no more than a few occasions.

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