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The 2010 season was full of numerous surprises, one of which was the breakout season of the Cincinnati Reds. As a team comprised of budding stars and a young pitching staff, few writers and media pendants believed the team had enough pitching to beat the Cardinals for the NL Central crown.
Prior to last season’s playoff push, the Reds were thought of as a pitcher’s wasteland; a place where promising young arms are pummeled to submission by a hitter’s ballpark that at times resembles a little league diamond.
Now the Reds appear to have one of the best young staffs in the National League with talented young starters Edison Volquez, Mike Leake, Travis Wood, Homer Bailey, and Johnny Cueto, all of whom have the ability to blossom into a 20 game winner.
In addition to collection of young arms, the Reds are positioned well for the future with a group of bookend young offensive studs like Joey Votto, Drew Stubbs, and Jay Bruce. The team may be a year or two from winning it all; however they certainly are on the right track to building a winning club.
Who to Target
First baseman Joey Votto had a breakout season in 2010, setting career marks for homeruns, runs scored, batting average and RBI’s on his way to earning the NL MVP award. Votto’s meteoric rise has landed him in the first round of most drafts as the third 1B taken behind Albert Pujols and Miguel Cabrerra.
In addition to Votto, the Reds are packed with fantasy talent in both the infield and outfield. Brandon Phillips is ranked in the top 5 of second baseman, while Drew Stubbs and Jay Bruce are two young outfielders that are poised for breakout campaigns in 2011.
Lastly, as I mentioned above, the Reds have 5 young arms that are viable fantasy starters in 2011. At this point none of them should be viewed as a number one fantasy starter, however all of them are worthy of spot starts in mixed leagues.
Drew Stubbs is our sleeper/breakout candidate for the 2011 Reds. As the team’s everyday center fielder last season, Stubbs hit 22 home runs and stole 30 bases on his way to becoming fantasy relevant in 2010.
Unfortunately for fantasy owners, his .255 batting average and 168 strike outs negated some of the value he delivered on the base paths. In 2011, I predict Stubbs will fair better at the plate and will deliver a more respectable .280 average, while approaching 30 homeruns and 30 steals.
BEST OF MAXIM
Remember how awesome it was when the Cincinnati Reds shocked the off-season baseball world by signing Ryan Madson as their closer? That was pretty cool. You know what would be even cooler? Having Madson actually pitch in a game.
Madson has made no appearances in games so far this Spring Training, thanks to pain he felt in his elbow during his first bullpen throwing session.
A green Reds' hat? That ain't right.
It's just spring training but it's always nice to beat those rivals from the north and that's just what the Reds (7-9-1) did in convincing fashion on Saturday, beating the Indians (4-9) by a score of 9-2. Bronson Arroyo had his best outing of the spring, while Zack Cozart led the way offensively.
Now let's take...
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Unless something dastardly happens to catchers Devin Mesoraco and Ryan Hanigan, fans aren't likely to see much of catcher Corky Miller this year.
That doesn't minimize his importance or his contributions to the Cincinnati Reds pitching staff during spring training and over the course of the long, long season.
Miller, 36, is one of the most beloved players...
TEMPE, Ariz. When Wilson Valdez says, "I'll play anywhere," he sounds like that old Hank SnowWillie Nelson song: "I've Been Everywhere."
On a baseball field, Valdez has been everywhere. When you ask most players what they play, they answer with pitcher or catcher or infielder or outfielder.
You ask Valdez what he play and he says, "Baseball."...
Tempe, Arizona -- Cincinnati's trip to Tempe ended in defeat as the host Angels (7-5) turned away the Reds (5-9-1) by a score of 3-1 on Thursday. Both clubs trotted out their aces in this one and the box score reflects exactly that -- the game featured very little offense. Here's the good, the bad and the notables from the exhibition contest:
- Johnny Cueto...
Many consider March Madness to be the best time of the year. In fact, the wild upsets, crazy buzzer beaters, busted brackets, and large office pools practically make this weekend an unofficial national holiday.
Of the many things running through my mind today there were two in particular that aided in the creation of this post. The first involved Reds baseball and the second...
Today is day four of our 8-day series featuring predictions for the upcoming season. In this post we examine who we think is poised to be the Most Improved Player on the squad. After a careful and grueling process (kidding) this is who we came up with:
@RedlegsWriter's pick: Drew Stubbs
-Perhaps, “most improved season” would be more fitting for Stubbs because he has...
Matt Latos threw four scoreless innings and Drew Stubbs hit his first home run of the spring to help the Cincinnati Reds beat the Colorado Rockies 4-3 on Friday night.
Latos allowed two singles and struck out three.
Stubbs hit a three-run homer off Alex White in the Reds' four-run second. Stubbs hit 22 home runs in 2010, but had only 15 last season and set a team record with...
This post marks no. 5 in our 8-day series featuring predicitions for the upcoming season. GM Walt Jocketty and the Reds were as aggressive as ever this winter adding mutiple notable players via trade or free agency. While the club hopes all of these acquisitions make a positive impact, only one can stand out as the Reds' Top Newcomer of 2012. Here's a look at our selections...
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GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Tomko family owns a legacy in Cleveland that has nothing to do with Cincinnati Reds pitcher Brett Tomko, nor does it have anything to do with baseball.
It is all about basketball -- the NBA, the Cleveland Cavaliers.
When Tomko's father, Jerry, was 29 he entered a contest to provide a nickname for the new NBA franchise in Cleveland.
"He not only...
by: Matt BollmanStaff Writer
The Reds (6-9-1) faced off in a late eastern time zone start against the Rockies (7-7) on Friday night. Mat Latos took the ball matched up against Colorado's Alex White. Cincy got back to their winning ways by knocking off the Rockies by a tally of 4-3. Let’s take a look at the good, the bad, and the notables from tonight's game:
Goodyear, Arizona -- As if dropping an exhibition game against the Padres earlier in the day wasn't enough, the Reds (5-8-1) dropped another split-squad contest on Wednesday night, a 9-1 defeat to the hands of Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers (7-2). Here's the (little) good, the bad and a few notables from late last night:
The Good:- The team managed to avoid being shutout...
Ubaldo Jimenez gave up six runs in less than four innings, including a long leadoff homer by Brandon Phillips, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Cleveland Indians 9-2 Saturday.
Phillips drove the fifth pitch of the game out of the ballpark and into the Arizona desert. The shot far beyond the left-field fence was tracked down by a youngster in a stretch of sand near a roadway.
If you're having trouble getting through the last day of the work week this ought to help. And if you've already made it to the weekend I commend you. Reward yourself by watching this short, 2012 preview video of the Reds.