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So much about the success or failure of a team often has to do with scheduling -- playing the right teams, at the right time, at the right location. ESPN baseball guru Buster Olney knows this and that is why he recently broke down the early season schedules of each team in the National League.
In case you are wondering, and I know that you are, the Reds landed in the middle-of-the-pack as far as strength of scheduling goes. Olney ranked Cincinnati's early schedule as the 8th-toughest in the league, or put another way, the 8th-easiest, since there are now only 15 teams in the NL with the Houston Astros move to the American League West.
Here is the write-up on the Reds:
Games against teams with records of .500 or better in 2012: 25 of their first 41.
Home/road: 22 of their first 41 games are at home.
Schedule notes: Cincinnati gets to hit the ground running with some early-season challenges, opening the year with an interleague series against the Los Angles Angels, then...
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The Spring Training season has started, and Shin-Soo Choo is gaining confidence playing center field for the Cincinnati Reds.
“But everyday I feel better with practice,” he said. “There’s still work to do. But I feel more confident.”
Granted, the former right fielder has only played a little bit, and exhibition baseball is nothing like when the games count, but it’s good...
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It isnt a job a most major league rookies can do, especially one without the true tools a leadoff hitter needs.
As Plato wrote, Necessity, the mother of invention.
Todd Frazier singles in the first inning, knocking in Joey Votto.The Cincinnati Reds started off the 2013 Spring Training season with a game against the Cleveland Indians. Although they both share Goodyear Ball Park, the Reds played the visitors this time.
The game was an offensive show, with a combined 21 runs and 27 hits, which isn’t uncommon early in the Spring. For the Reds...
Might the young shortstop experience a breakout year in 2013?
He's not actually as young as you'd think. He'll turn 28 on August 12th during his second full year as the Reds starting shortstop. His 2012 was not spectacular, but he provided pretty good defense at the position. His .975 fielding percentage placed him ninth among MLB shortstops as he committed 14 errors...
by: Dan Howard
I have an unusual hobby. I’ve been keeping journals of Cincinnati Reds games since 1991. It started when my brother-in-law gave me a weekly planner and I got an idea to hand write the 1991 Reds schedule in it, and as they say, the rest is history. I now have a nice collection of 22 heavily used weekly planners in my archives (an old shoebox).
The all-time single-season minor league stolen base leader Billy Hamilton is taking a more deliberate approach to his first big league camp with Cincinnati, as he converts from a shortstop to a center fielder.
GOODYEAR, AZ - The game is about people. Too often we forget that, obsessing over statistics, complaining about contracts, demanding trades and firings and better performances from our favorite clubs.
Thats all part of baseball in the 21st century, all part of what makes the game great. But every so often, you get a reminder. You hear about something like outfielder Shin-Soo Choos...
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GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) Joey Votto relished his long-awaited chance to circle the bases.
Votto hit a two-run homer, an encouraging sign that he's progressing in his recovery from knee surgery that robbed him of his power last season, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the split-squad Milwaukee Brewers 5-2 on Monday.
Votto didn't homer after June 24 last season because of the injury...
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Brandon Phillips chatted with MLB Network's Eric Byrnes this past week about a variety of topics. Here are some of the things they discussed:
+ Phillips' ability to hit for both power and steal bases
+ The NLDS debacle against the Giants
+ The acquisition of Shin-Soo Choo
+ Cincinnati's stellar starting rotation