Found June 20, 2012 on
For the past few years the Reds have been a hitting club, looking to win with offense rather than defense. Coming into this season it was supposed to be the same old thing, the bats carried the team while the pitching staff did just enough to get by.
Apparently no one gave the pitchers the memo.
Johnny Cueto in particular has been outstanding up to this point, leading the starters for the Reds in both ERA and wins. With the exception of Mat Latos, who has been a disappointment after the high profile trade with the Padres, the Reds have blown all expectations out of the water. So far this season the Reds have the 8th best ERA in the majors, compared to 20th at the end of last season.
For the Reds it has been a welcome surprise in their run at an NL Central division title. Despite the exodus of both Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder in free agency last season, the Central continues to have some of the best bats in baseball.
Ryan Braun continues to shock the majority of baseball fans, improving on his numbers from last season even after surviving a steroid appeal, and has looked like an MVP level player. Down in St. Louis the defending World Series Champs were supposed to take a dip in terms of power, but while Pujols struggles the Cards have the 3rd most runs in the majors and are scarier than ever.
So having a halfway decent pitching staff could prove vital in Cincinnati’s chance this season, but can it put them over the top?
Over the past 2 years the Reds have finished 1st and 3rd in the Central, all around the power of their bats. Behind MVP Joey Votto the Reds made it to the playoffs in 2010 and were promptly swept by the Philadelphia Phillies. That was without a reliable pitching staff. Now with the newly crowned closer Aroldis Chapman backing them up, Cueto, Arroyo, and Bailey be that lynch pin for Cincinnati’s high aspirations.
With a weaker division than in past years it should be no problem for Cincinnati to outlast St. Louis and Pittsburgh to win the Central, the real questions come in the next stages. With the Dodgers and the NL East winner likely being the two favorites to emerge from the National League the Reds will have to be on their toes to reach their highest goal.
Even if they don’t win it this year, it looks like the Reds are set for the long haul. If the pitching can keep up its quality watch out for the Reds to dominate the Central for the next few seasons.
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Last night’s game for me was like Las Vegas: exhaustingly active but ultimately disappointing. The Reds dropped the first of the series with the Indians 9-10.
Mat Latos took the mound and was just terrible. In 4.0 innings pitched he allowed 7 runs (earned) on 8 hits, including 3 home runs. Before the game Chris Welsh and George Grande were talking about how Latos could eventually...
Swept. Two series ago, the Reds swept the Indians while playing in Cincinnati. Yesterday, they gave up the trifecta to the Indians in Cleveland, and didn’t even look good doing it.
The final score was 1-8, and the only solace the Reds can take is that they would have lost only 1-5 if not for the most blatant missed call of the decade in the 7th inning. Frankly, that’s...
Before Cleveland, the Reds were on a 6-game winning streak. After Cleveland, they own a 3-game losing streak. The latest in the string of putrescence was last night’s 1-8 loss.
Bronson Arroyo started for the Reds and managed to get himself out of trouble every inning until the 4th, when his start ended. In 4.0 innings, Arroyo allowed 5 runs (earned) on 8 hits and 2 walks.
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From the Reds:
The Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame & Museum has an exciting weekend planned to celebrate the Reds Hall of Fame Class of 2012: Sean Casey, Dan Driessen and the late John Reilly.
Fans can attend meet and greets with new inductees and returning Hall of Famers and alumni on Friday and Saturday at the museum. All meet...
What a tough break for the Reds. They held their own in a pitcher’s duel all the way into extras, only to have their once-ace give it away in the 10th.
Mike Leake started for the Reds and gave ‘em all he could. He went beyond his normal pitch count through the 7th, hoping his offense would break the 1-1 tie. In his 7.0 innings pitched, he allowed 1 run (earned) on 6 hits and...
It’s All-Star vote status report day: my favorite days in June!
Joey Votto increased his lead over the second-place vote getter in the first base field. The person he’s beating has changed, though. Freddie Freeman of the Braves has overtaken Lance Berkman of the Cardinals for second place. But whereas Votto had 2.47 times as many votes as Berkman last Tuesday, he has 2.64 times...
INSIDE PITCHLeft-hander Aroldis Chapman is fine physically although Reds manager Dusty Baker mentioned earlier this week that Chapman had some lower back pain."I don't see it as an issue," pitching coach Bryan Price told the Cincinnati Enquirer before Wednesday's 8-1 loss to Cleveland. "He's gone in there and gotten treatment for his lower back, but he...
Chapman is now 0-3 with two blown saves in
his previous seven outings
Tuesday's edition of the Battle of Ohio at Progressive Field unfolded much differently than Monday's 19-run, 27-hit slugfest. Instead of offense, stingy pitching was on full display by the Redlegs and Indians. However, the end result on Tuesday was just the same for the Reds (38-29) as they fell...
The Mustangs got their season
under way with an ugly loss.
Louisville 9 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 2
Bats (23-49), Last place International League West, 19.0 GB
-Sean Gallagher (W 5-4, 5.04) pitched five innings of two-run baseball for the win. Bill Bray struck out one in 1.1 innings of scoreless ball. Nick Christiani threw 1.2 scoreless innings, and Jordan Smith added one...
6/19 Game Review
Louisville won 4-2. Box Score
Joey Gathright went 2-4 with a run.
Mike Costanzo went 1-4 with an RBI.
Dioner Navarro went 1-4 with a solo HR (3).
Bill Rhinehart went 1-4 with a double and a run.
Cody Puckett went 2-2 with a walk, HR (8) with 2 RBI.
Ryan Feierabend allowed 2 runs in 5.2 innings with 4 walks and 3 strikeouts.
Scott Carroll threw a shutout inning...
6/20 Game Review
Louisville won 5-3. Box Score
Mike Costanzo went 1-3 with 2 walks and 2 runs.
Cody Puckett went 1-2 with 2 walks and 2 runs.
Felix Perez went 3-3 with 2 doubles, an RBI and a run.
Corky Miller went 1-2 with 2 walks and 2 RBI.
Miguel Rojas went 0-2 with 2 walks and an RBI.
Wirfin Obispo threw a hitless inning with a walk and 2 strikeouts.
Bill Bray (rehab) threw...
Left-hander Aroldis Chapman has gone from unhittable to questionable. Chapman took the loss Tuesday, giving up a two-run walk-off home run to Asdrubal Cabrera in a 3-2, 10-inning loss to the Cleveland Indians. The Reds had taken a 2-1 lead in the top of the 10th when Chris Heisey scored on a wild pitch. "The game goes from jubilation to a down in one swing," Reds manager...
Press release from FOX Sports Ohio:
The Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame & Museum has an exciting weekend planned in celebration of the Reds Hall of Fame Class of 2012: Sean Casey, Dan Driessen and the late John Reilly.
The official induction of Casey, Driessen, and Reilly into the Reds Hall of Fame will take place at Great American Ball Park before the 4pm Cincinnati Reds – Minnesota...
CLEVELAND (AP) - No matter how well the Cincinnati Reds have played, they continue to struggle in Cleveland.
The Reds look to avoid a sixth consecutive road loss to the Indians when the interleague rivals continue their series Tuesday night.
Cincinnati (38-28) outscored Cleveland 24-9 while sweeping the Indians at home last week and had little trouble scoring runs Monday, but its...