Sunday, August 31, 2008

Reds Get Out The Broom, Sweep Giants

Bronson Arroyo improved to 13-10 on the season and added a stolen base and a couple of RBI's as the Reds swept San Francisco right out of town. Joey Votto had himself a 4-4 day including 4 RBI's in the 9-3 win. Edwin Encarnacion reached a personal milestone notching his 100th career double in the 6th inning.

Reds Option Ramirez, Call-Up Castillo

Wilkin Castillo who was acquired in the deal for Adam Dunn will make his major league debut shortly with the Reds who optioned down Ramon Ramirez after his stellar pitching performance on Saturday to make room for Castillo. Castillo will become the 9th player this season to debut with the Reds.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Ramirez Shines In Debut

As if the Reds didn't already have a surplus of great young pitching prospects in the stable they reeled out another one tonight in the personel of Ramon Ramirez. Ramirez went 7 innings allowing just 5 hits and 3 runs and was in line to get his 1st win until the bullpen sputtered in the 8th. However, Cory Patterson's triple in the bottom half of the 8th scored Jay Bruce to give the Reds a 7-6 edge and eventually another win. Coco Cordero came in a slammed the door in the 9th to earn his 26th save of the season.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Reds Take It To Giants, 11-7

Powered by Edwin Encarnacion's grand slam in the 3rd inning and Chris Dickerson's blast in the 5th the Redlegs rolled over San Francisco by a tally of 11-7. Edinson Volquez didn't pitch well allowing 6 earned runs in just 5 1/3 innings, but he managed to grab his 16th victory on the year. The win raises Cincy's record to 59-76 on the season with only 27 games remaining. The club will look to improve on last season's record of 72-90.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Reds Lose Another Rubber Game

Aaron Harang went seven strong innings allowing just three runs, but the Reds offense once again failed to produce losing to the 'Stros in the rubber match of a three-game set 3-2. Houston has owned Cincy's number this year taking ten out of twelve contests and the two still have one more series before this year is over. Three solo homers for the Astros were they're only source of runs, but it was enough to beat an offense who seems like they're swinging with rulers instead of lumber.

Oswalt's Dominance Continues

If you asked Roy Oswalt who he enjoys pitching against the most he'd probably tell you the Cincinnati Reds. Oswalt (12-9) improved to 22-1 lifetime against the Reds with another 4-1 victory last night at Minute Maid Park. Josh Fogg pitched superb for the his club going six innings and allowing just two runs, but it wasn't enough as Cincy fell to 58-75 on the season. Before the game manager Dusty Baker has a closed-door meeting with rookie Jay Bruce on his recent hitting slump.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Reds Capture Illusvive 1st CG

Going into last night the Cincinnati Reds were the lone team in Major League Baseball without a complete game to their credit. After Bronson Arroyo's 1-run pitching performance against the Astros in last night's ballgame that can't be said any longer. The bullpen got the night off and the ballclub improved to a dismal 3-40 in games that they have scored fewer than 3 runs. Ryan Hanigan's homer in the 8th inning was the deciding factor as it put the Reds on top 2-1 and for good.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Cueto Will Miss Next Start

Medical reports on Reds rookie pitcher Johnny Cueto reveal a posterior strain of his right elbow according to Dr. Timothy Kremchek. The 22-year-old had to leave Sunday's game with the Rockies after just three innings due to soreness in his throwing arm. With the club out of playoff contention the team won't try and push Cueto to come back earlier than he needs to.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

No Offense, No Defense, No Win

Today is certainly a day to forget for the Redlegs. They committed as many errors (5) as they did hits (5) in route to a 4-3 defeat in a 12 inning marathon. Aside from their sloppy defensive play SP Johnny Cueto left the game after just 3 innings with tenderness in his throwing arm. One bright spot on the day was that Chris Dickerson delivered his 3rd homer on the year and 2nd in the past two days. The ballclub is scheduled for an off day tommorrow and will resume play Tuesday night in Houston against the 4th place Astros.

Bullpen Falters Late

Edinson Volquez looked to be in line for his 16th win on the season until the Rockies rallied for four runs in the 7th off the bullpen to take the lead and eventually the game. Cincy got homeruns from rookies Jay Bruce (14) and Chris Dickerson (2), but it wasn't enough to overcome the deficit. The bullpen for the Reds looked, well "rocky" allowing 4+ runs in the later innings for the 2nd straight night.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Harang Goes Six Scoreless, Gets W

It's been over two months since Aaron Harang last picked up a win, but that streak came to an end last night as the Reds veteran shut-down the Colorado Rockies to earn his fourth victory on the season. Brandon Phillips set the tone early by delivering his 21st homer and the offense kept rolling from there. Cincy led 8-0 at one point and hung on for dear life withstanding a late rally by the home team 8-5.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Offense Struggles....Again

The Cubs won the rubber match of the series today defeating the Redlegs 3-2 behind stellar pitching from Carlos Zambrano. Jay Bruce and Joey Votto each delivered solo homers for the visitors, but it wasn't enough on this day as the Reds continue their offensive draught.

Arroyo Leads Reds To Win, 2-1

For the 2nd consecutive night at Wrigley the Reds got excellent pitching from their starters, this time thanks to Bronson Arroyo who notched his eleventh victory of the season. Cincy's offense once again struggled only managing four hits in the ballgame, but still found a way to screech out a win in front of a packed house in Chicago. Coco Cordero pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to earn his 24th save of the year.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Front Office Backs Decisions

Here is a link to the letter that Owner Bob Castellini and General Manager Walt Jockety wrote to the fans most recently.


Reds Lose Despite Cueto's Gem

The Reds (55-71) couldn't back a sensational pitching performance by rookie Johnny Cueto (8-12) in route to a 5-0 loss to the Cubbies (77-48). Rich Harden (8-2) went seven strong innings allowing only two hits on ten strikeouts for host Chicago. The game remained 1-0 into the bottom of the eigth before the Cincy bullpen surrendered four runs to put the game out of reach. The Redlegs look to bounce back tommorrow night as Bronson Arroyo (10-10) looks for his eleventh win of the season.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Reds In Action Vs. Cubs

Johnny Cueto (8-11) looks to take on the division leading rival Chicago tonight @ Wrigley.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Maddux To Dodgers...

The LA Dodgers have acquired SP Greg Maddux from the Padres according to the LA Times. The 17-time gold glove award winner returns for his second stint with the Dodgers and will look to help the storied franchise edge out Arizona in the mediocre NL West for a playoff spot. It is unknown now who San Diego will get in return.

Reds Staying Positive About Future

With 37 games left in the 2008 MLB regular season the Reds aren't exactly where they'd like to be. As it stands they sit alone in the NL Central cellar 21.5 games back of the Chicago Cubs. Although the playoffs is a lost cause for Cincy this year the club has to be excited about the future of what's to come. The likes of Edinson Volquez (15-5 2.73 ERA) and Johnny Cueto (8-11 4.90 ERA) in the starting rotation should be enough to get people talking alone. Add to the mix the rising newcomers Jay Bruce (.263 12 HR's) and Joey Votto (.281 14 HR's) and you have quite an interesting road ahead. Of course with youth comes inexperience and that's where veteran players such as Brandon Phillips, (.270 20 HR's) Aaron Harang, Bronson Arroyo, and Coco Cordero will have to step in to aid the upcoming stars. But one can't help but be exuberant of the possibility of playoff baseball real soon in Cincinnati with the nucleus of players the Reds possess. You have to figure within the next three years that the Reds will be contending for a divisional title and possibly a World Series Ring. The pieces to the puzzle are there it's just trying to get them to fit into the picture that will be the problem.

Talking Playoff Baseball.....

With just a little over a month to go in this year's MLB season it's time to examine the potential playoff picture. Today we break down the American League. Now not many of us when asked in March would have had Tampa Bay at the top of the East on August 18th, but they're there and seemingly not going anywhere. Even with the losses of Crawford and Longoria the Rays keep chugging along and WILL eventually lock up the AL East. Now for the Central it's a toss-up as the Twinkies and the Sox are dead-locked at a 70-53 record. Both teams have been hot of late, however, I don't see the Sox keeping pace in September as Minnesota surges (like they always do) late in the year to capture the Central. The Western division boasts the best team in baseball, the L.A. Angels, who theoretically could win their division with nearly three weeks to go in the regular season. I think the several unmeaningful games late in the year will hurt the Halo's in the long run, but it will not stand in their way of a playoff berth that's for sure. As for the Wildcard it's really between Boston and the 2nd place team in the Central right now. While Red Sox Nation continues to try and chase down Tampa their best bet right now is holding on to the Wildcard which I believe they will do. Their roster is too full of capable players not to succeed and it should bode well come October as they will be a team that nobody wants to face. All in all it should be interesting.