Saturday, March 24, 2012

Chapman dazzles as the Reds shutout the Padres

What will the Reds do with Chapman to start 2012?
Of course the big news of the day is that Ryan Madson will need Tommy John surgery and is done for the year. As if the Reds already didn't know what to do with Aroldis Chapman, now the situation is even more complicated. Should he remain a starter, and if so should he start in Cincinnati or Louisville, or should he just go back to the bullpen now? Chapman has made his case to start with a strong spring, including five shutout innings today, as the Reds claimed a 6-0 victory over the Padres.

Here's the good, the bad, and the notables from today's split squad action:

The Good:
-Chapman threw five scoreless innings, allowing just four hits, while also striking out five.
-Clayton Tanner and Travis Webb each threw a perfect inning, following Chapman.
-Andrew Brackman allowed two walks and two hits, as he struck out one in two scoreless innings to complete the shutout.
-Jay Bruce continues to light it up this spring, going 2-3 with a run scored
-Josh Fellhauer went 2-2 with an RBI, pinch hitting and filling at left field.
-Paul Janish had himself a nice game going 2-3 with an RBI, and a run scored, as did Miguel Cairo.
-Drew Stubbs chipped in with two RBIs on a 1-4 day.

The Bad:
-Though they put up six runs on 11 hits, the Reds were 3-16 with runners in scoring position, while leaving nine men on base.
-Wilson Valdez who is battling for a roster spot, went 0-3, with a walk and a run scored, bringing his average to .281 on the spring.
-Juan Francisco and Ryan Ludwick continue to look awful, and went a combined 0-6 today.

The Notables:
-As mentioned aboved, newly acquired closer Ryan Madson was lost for the season as he will need Tommy John surgery to reattach the ligament to his elbow. Sean Marshall is expected to be first in line for the closer role.
-5,092 fans gathered to watch the Reds and Padres on a lovely 82-degree day.

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