Found September 18, 2012 on Redlegs Review:
Cincinnati (88-59) continues its forward march to clinch the NL Central with a visit to Chicago beginning on Tuesday. It's there that they will meet the fifth-place Cubs (58-88) for a trio of games in hopes of shrinking their magic number from its current total of five. They'll face a Cubs squad who enters the series as winners of seven of their last nine, but still remains 29.5 games back of the first-place Reds. The Reds, on the other hand, are owners of the largest division lead in baseball (11g) despite dropping two out of three against Miami over the weekend. Here are 10 facts you need to know about the series in Chicago: 1. Tuesday and Wednesday's games will begin at 8:05et. Thursday's affair will begin at 2:20et. 2. Here are the pitching probables: Tues - CIN Homer Bailey (11-9, 3.93) vs CHC Justin Germano (2-7, 6.24) Wed - CIN Mike Leake (8-9, 4.69) vs CHC Chris Rusin (1-2, 5.06) Thurs- CIN Johnny Cueto (17-9, 2.92) vs Jason Berk...

Cubs make TV series remove '2012 World Series Champions' from Wrigley scene

It looks like proclaiming the Chicago Cubs "2012 World Series Champions" on a new NBC series was even more science fiction than the beleaguered team could take. A scene from an early version of the network's new sci-fi series, "Revolution" — set 15 years into the future — showed a sign outside of a dilapidated, overgrown Wrigley Field which read, "...

On this day in Reds history

Our friend Chris Jaffe from The Hardball Times published a post today that includes many Reds-related notes that happened on this day in history. If you've got time, head on over to his piece by following this link. Some of the Reds-related tidbits include:+ The 20th anniversary of the infamous Rob Dibble-Lou Piniella fight in the clubhouse.+ The Reds catch the Phillies stealing...

Dusty Baker’s 3000 games as manager

Last Game The Reds opened the series in Chicago with a 3-1 win over the Cubs last night. Homer Bailey put in a nice performance for his 12th win of the season. Ryan Hanigan was the offensive hero of the night with a bases-clearing double in the sixth inning to score all 3 of the Reds’ runs. The TV broadcast had Hanigan on after the game, and it’s impressive how articulate he...

Arizona League Reds Season in Review

To be blunt, the Arizona League Reds were terrible. They won just 18 games and finished with 38 losses, dead last in the league. There were some players worth noting on the roster, but the team as a whole simply couldn’t put together the wins and finished 16.5 games back of first place. They did start the season off right, winning their first game on June the 20th. However they...

Reds Tony Cingrani Sails to Cincy

With a 1.73 ERA including a 172/58 strikeout-to-walk ratio across two levels, Cincinnati Reds prospect Tony Cingrani was arguably the best pitcher in minor league baseball from a statistical standpoint. That success earned the left-hander a call up to the show where Cingrani has struck out eight, while walking only a single batter in four-plus innings pitched. Drafted in 2011, the...

Starlin Castro Trips, Falls, Plays Dead

Starlin Castro has had an eventful season to say the least, and this just adds to it a bit. Favorite part is imagining what the umpire is thinking as he watches him slowly flop to the ground and then play dead.

Reds' Baker heads for X-rays to rule out pneumonia

Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker left Wrigley Field in street clothes more than two hours before first pitch Wednesday night to get chest X-rays to ''rule out pneumonia,'' a Reds spokesperson said. It is unclear whether he will be back in time to manage the game. Bench coach Chris Speier would manager in Baker's absence. Cincinnati leads the NL Central by...

Baker in 3,000th game as manager

Dusty Baker reached another milestone in his long major league career Tuesday night when he managed his 3,000th game, guiding the Cincinnati Reds against one of his former teams, the Chicago Cubs. Baker began his managerial career in 1993 with the San Francisco Giants and led them to the World Series in his final season there in 2002. He took over the Cubs in 2003 and got them within...

Reds and Cubs heading in opposite directions

With a win in the opener at Wrigley Field, the Cincinnati Reds' magic number to clinch the NL Central is down to four. The Chicago Cubs have a far less glamorous magic number, one that will keep them from finishing with 100 losses. The Reds look to move closer to their second division title in three years and continue their dominance over the lowly Cubs on Wednesday night. Cincinnati...

Bailey, Hanigan lead Reds past Cubs

CHICAGO (AP) -- Dusty Baker and the Cincinnati Reds moved one step closer to the NL Central title on Tuesday night, thanks to another solid September start by Homer Bailey. The right-hander pitched effectively into the eighth inning and Ryan Hanigan hit a three-run double to lead Cincinnati to a 3-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs. "We had just enough offense to win," Baker...

Prime Nine: Cincinnati Reds

Finally, we get to the end of the prime nine series. The Reds are a perfect example of what happens to a farm system when a team becomes successful. They are on their way to their second divisional championship in three seasons. This year’s team in particular seems to be poised to make a run at the pennant. They obviously will have a lot of competition from the Nats...

20th anniversary of the Piniella-Dibble fight

Chris Jaffe at The Hardball Times is a true master at keeping track of anniversaries and telling the stories of the events that are being celebrated. And it’s a good thing, too. I can’t even keep track of all my nieces’ and nephews’ birthdays. Today’s anniversary is of an event that you probably remember: a physical fight–in the clubhouse and on the media’s cameras–between...

Perception vs Reality: my final lockout post until the lockout is over

  Why is it that perception and reality rarely match up? I almost always perceive a situation as a more positive situation than the reality. For instance, I told myself there would be no lock out. I even went so far as to say the Chicago Cubs would win the World Series in 2013 if [...]
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