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We've reached the halfway point of the 2012 MLB regular season, or at least darn close to it, and that means it's time to hand out some midseason hardware. Tom Verducci of SportsIllustrated.com weighed in with some of his awards picks earlier this week, and a couple of Reds received some ink.
Heading his list of National League MVP contenders were none other than Joey Votto. Meanwhile, teammate Johnny Cueto came in at no. 4 in Verducci's top five ballot for NL Cy Young honors.
Here's how Verducci justified his selection of Votto:
It doesn't get any easier than picking Votto: the best hitter in the league (tops in on-base and slugging percentages) getting it done for a first place team without much of a supporting cast. (David Wright has hit with 30 more runners on base than has Votto.)The record for doubles has stood since 1931, when otherwise non-descript Earl Webb gerrymandered his way to 67 of them. (He never hit more than 30 otherwise.) Vott...
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Reds prospect Billy Hamilton has quickly become one of the hottest names among the minor league circuit this year and the main reason can be summed up in one word: SPEED. Hamilton's knack for swiping bases at an alarming rate has many scouts, coaches, and fans alike anxiously awaiting his arrival to the big show, whenever that may be.
The switch-hitting shortstop is currently...
Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto returned to the lineup Tuesday after missing two games because of inflammation in his left knee. Votto went 2-for-4. But he ran noticeably slower. "It's not 100 percent," he said. "But I can play. It's good enough to go without causing anymore trouble." After 80 games, anyone who plays as much as Votto is...
Rodriguez is off to a good start in Louisville.
Louisville 7 Indianapolis 5
Bats (32-57), Last place International League West, 24.0 GB
-Chad Reineke struck out seven and gave up three earned runs in five innings. J.J. Hoover (W 2-0, 1.10) got the win with 2.1 scoreless innings. Donnie Joseph picked up the save (4) though he did allow one earned run in his inning.
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Tony La Russa was back on the offensive in his battle with Reds skipper Dusty Baker over the lack of Reds players on the NL All-Star roster, saying he feels "betrayed."
Mike Leake was brilliant after a rough first inning.
Just a couple of days ago, Reds followers were joining in
with the rest of baseball in poking fun at the Dodgers’ inability to muster any
offense. The past two nights, however, the Reds did their best Dodger Blue
impersonation as the offense went missing in action. On Wednesday, the Fourth
of July ended up...
Aaron Harang, once ace of the Reds rotation, pretty much took the Reds to school last night with his new team. The good guys managed only 3 hits and 1 run all evening, but Mike Leake had allowed 3 runs in the bottom of the first alone. He settled down after that, but it wasn’t enough. Final score: Reds 1, Dodgers 4.
Speaking of former Reds’ aces: the Reds...
Last night Mat Latos went out against Edinson Volquez in an obvious opportunity to evaluate whether the Reds or the Padres got the better of the trade for the two pitchers.
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Mat Latos seems to be fitting in well with the Cincinnati Reds.
Edinson Volquez is finally receiving the support he hoped for from his San Diego Padres teammates.
Coming off consecutive complete games, Latos looks to help the visiting Reds prevent Volquez and the Padres from extending their season-high winning streak to six games Friday night in a matchup of pitchers traded for each...
7/5 Game Review
Louisville won 7-5. Box Score
Kristopher Negron went 2-4 with a run and steal (17).
Paul Janish went 1-4 with a run.
Henry Rodriguez went 3-5 with a HR (3) and 3 RBI.
Bill Rhinehart went 1-4 with a walk and a run.
Cody Puckett went 1-4 with a triple, walk, RBI and a run.
Corky Miller went 3-4 with 2 RBI and a walk.
Joey Gathright went 1-2.
Chad Reineke went 1...
An unexpected source of offense has the injury-riddled Los Angeles Dodgers gaining momentum.
Mike Leake is looking to put a stop to it and continue his own.
Luis Cruz will try to continue providing a spark for the Dodgers and help them win back-to-back games for the first time in almost a month Wednesday night against Leake and the Cincinnati Reds.
Los Angeles (45-37) has won two...
Despite how well Mat Latos has been pitching with the Reds the off-season trade may go down as one of San Diego’s best if both 1B Yonder Alonso and C Yasmani Grandal stick as regulars to go along with pitchers Edison Volquez and Brad Boxberger. Elsewhere in the system another big month for Tommy Medica in Lake Elsinore and who is Yeison Asencio?