Archive for April, 2012
Hey All starting this week I’m going to try to give a quick reaction to each Reds game. Should be fun!
Week In Review
Record to Date: 100% (6-6)
Player of the Week: Jay Bruce
Bruce had a monster week breaking out of his early slump by hitting .455 (10-22) with 3 HR and 10 RBI’s. This was before he went 1-3 on Sunday afternoon with his 4th homerun in as many games and another 4 RBI’s. He now leads the team with 7 HR and 17 RBI. At this pace Bruce could very well end up with a 40 HR and 100 RBI season.
Performance of the Week: Johnny Cueto
The beat goes on for Cueto as he tosses another 7 shutout innings in a 6-0 win against the Astros. He is now 3-0 with a 1.39 ERA and has thrown 32.1 Innings this season. He was named the ace of the staff at the beginning of the season and has lived up to that billing. The only thing that has concerned me at times with Cueto is he can be a bit wild and that results in his pitch count being high. It took him 120 pitches to get through 7 innings this week and fatigue on his arm could become a factor later in the season with these high pitch counts.
This Week’s Preview
The Games: 3 vs. Cubs (8-14), 3 vs. Pirates (9-12)
Predicted Record: 5-1 (Sweep of the Cubs)
The Starters this week
Tue. – Arroyo
Wed. – Bailey
Thur. – Leake*
Fri. – Cueto
Sat. – Latos
Something to Watch: The Mike Leake Situation
Of all the starters Leake is the only one to not show a glimpse of coming out of his slump. He has been fooling no one this season and has given up 13 runs in his last 13 2/3 IP. I’ve watched all Leake’s starts this season and the opposition has been crushing the ball off of him. Leake is not a power pitcher but relies on changing speeds and pin point accuracy. He has been catching the heart of the plate to often and it appears that he is trying to be to fine with his pitches. On top of that he has started slow and he is undoubtedly hearing the clamor for lefty fire baller Chapman to take his place. This could be one of the most important starts in his career against the Cubs on Thursday because another subpar performance will almost assuredly mean a change is coming. He does have a chance to save his spot in the rotation still as he has gotten support from Dusty Baker and he’s going against the lowly Cubs but anything similar to his previous starts and it might be the beginning of the Aroldis Champan era.
Position Player of the Week: Jay Bruce
Bruce is one of the streakiest players in baseball and when he’s going right he is one of the most dangerous hitters in baseball. He looks to be on one of his early season tears and there is no reason to think it will slow down against the Cubs and Pirates. He currently ranks second in the NL in Homeruns and is in the top 10 in RBI. Look for those numbers to increase this week. I’ll go with another 2 HR and 5 RBI this week.
Pitcher of the Week: Homer Bailey
I could hit a homerun every week here by picking Johnny Cueto but I’ll go of the beaten path a bit and go with Homer Bailey. He has quietly put a solid start of the season together. Nothing spectacular but has a solid 3.60 ERA and has been a reliable option. Again the competition this week should help as he will go up against the Cubs who have struggled this year but this early confidence will go a long way for Bailey who has always had the talent (A former #1 pick). Getting Bailey rolling along with the strong efforts of the other starters not named Leake will be important for the Reds to keep rolling over the .500 line and toward the playoffs.
Down on the Farm: Billy Hamilton
I mentioned Hamilton last week but you people need to check him out!! He now has 29 stolen bases while hitting .395 for high double-A. If he continues on this tear he would steal over 160 bases! While I don’t see that happening I do see a call-up to triple-A Louisville soon with the possibility of a late September call-up to the big leagues to cause havoc on the base paths in the playoffs. Look out for this guy he’s our future leadoff man and shortstop (Cozart to 3B).
Today I wanted to talk about my professional life after college. I accepted a position as a manager trainee for a fortune 50 medical company back in early September but the big catch was I wouldn’t know where I would be located until the Spring. While not ideal I accepted because this is an awesome opportunity. After months of waiting and wondering I finally got word that I would be headed the Montgomery, NY area. This was definitively a shock and something that is still sinking in. I’ve never lived an hour from my hometown and now I’m going to live 11 hours away!!! It will especially be hard on the girlfriend and my pup that I’m gone, but as I keep telling her she gets a cool new vacation spot and she knows where she can come live in a year:) The new challenge has shifted from where will I be to where will I live!? 11 hours is a long way away and I have no idea about the area. So I have scheduled a trip with my family to make a weekend trip to find a place. We will be going on May 11th-13th. It should be a fun trip and one that I will fill you in on! Things are finally starting to fall into place as far as life after college and ill keep you updated on all of it!
Today is Major League Monday which is where I will put on my sports analyst cap and give a weekly preview of my favorite sports team that is in season. That means right now we will be focusing on the Cincinnati Reds. Enjoy and Go Reds!!!
Current Record: 7-9 (4-6 Road, 3-3 Home)
Next Week: 3 vs. Giants, 3 vs. Astros
Overview of the week:
After enduring a 4-6 road stand the Reds are finally coming back to GABP to clash with the Giants and Astros this week. These two teams have a combined 14-17 record and will be a welcomed sight for the Reds who have already had to play two division leaders in the Washington Nationals and St. Louis Cardinals (twice) in this early season. The key to this week will be the pitching of the new guy in the rotation Mat Latos. To this point Latos has had three starts and in a word has been AWEFUL (0-2 8.22 ERA). He has great stuff but has been lacking command and looks to be pressing to get that first ‘W’ as a Red. With Latos getting the ball twice this week it will be crucial for him to get things rolling to complement the strong starts of Johnny Cueto and Bronson Arroyo.
On the other side the Reds offense has finally started to come around and show life after starting off very slowly. The hamstring of Brandon Phillips is still a concern and with chilly weather expected in Cincinnati this week it will be interesting how Dusty Baker handles it. One thing is certain and that is the Reds need a healthy Brandon Phillips to make a playoff run this season because he is the spark plug at the top of the line up not to mention a gold glover at 2B. Another thing to watch is to see if there is a shakeup in playing time at 3B as Scott Rolen is batting .170 and has looked very slow up there at the plate. With Todd Frazier hitting .333 granted only 6 AB I would give him a look. The continued strong play of Drew Stubbs will also be welcomed as he continues to look more comfortable after looking like he would break his own Reds strikeout record this season. With the Reds being 4.0 games out this will be a very good opportunity to gain ground early in this season and keep pressure on the 1st place Cardinals.
Bold prediction: 4-2 (2 of 3 in each series)
Player of the week: Mat Latos – Latos has had a rough start to this season like I said earlier but I think this is the perfect time for him to break out of this slump and help the Reds get a couple of victories. I’m predicting he goes 7 innings strong both starts and keeps each team under 3 runs.
Last Week’s Memorable Moment: Bronson Arroyo’s dominate outing against the Cardinal that was the start of a 4 game stretch where the Reds won 3.
Minor League Report: Billy Hamilton! If you don’t know this guy you should stole 103 bases last year in the minors and many say he is the fastest guy in baseball. There is a story out there that last week he scored on a sac fly to second base but I haven’t seen it. Don’t take my word for it though check out this video.
As I said before I’ve been slacking a ton lately on keeping up with posting but I’m going to try and change that by using a new format. I will be posting 3 times per week with each day having a different theme; Monday is Major League Monday that focuses on the sport of the season which is now baseball, next is Work Wednesday which I’ll focus on my new adventures after college as a professional, and finally College Friday where I relive some great memories and talk about my final days in college! I hope you all like the new format and I hope to here what you think about it!!!!
Major League Monday
Hey everyone I can’t believe I’ve been away so long! Lots has happened since my last post and I plan to update you on everthing very soon! Probably the biggest update though is 6 weeks til graduation! Man where did the time go! More to come later but mid-term studying calls.