Saturday, March 24, 2012

Some weekend notes and links



March Madness continues to roll on. Here's a little reading material to help get you caught up on the latest Reds-related happenings:

* David Schoenfield of ESPN.com's SweetSpot blog breaks down what the team should do about their starting rotation in this piece from Thursday.

* Ryan Madson continues to be sidelined with a sore right elbow. He was scheduled to pitch in a minor league game on Friday, but that didn't happen. He has yet to pitch in a game all spring, but did throw in a simulated environment on Tuesday and by all accounts looked pretty good.

* Jeff Francis has no plans to opt out of his Minor League contract should he not crack the Opening Day rotation. The left-hander signed with the Reds this offseason with a clause that he could back out of the deal if he wasn't on the big league roster by March 28th. He's likely to start the season in Triple-A Louisville.

* The Baseball Tonight crew made a stop at Reds camp this past Tuesday. You can read what Tim Kurjian took away from the visit by following this link to his post.

* Seth Livingstone of the USA Today writes that the club is relying on Mat Latos to be its ace. Read his article here.

* Tim Daniel of the Bleacher Report calls Ken Griffey Jr. the greatest player he's ever seen in this piece. He goes on to briefly suggest how much more impressive his career numbers might've been had he not been constantly injured.

* Newcomer Sean Marshall is eager to start his first year with Cincinnati. Mark Sheldon has the scoop.

* Not including today's split-squad doubleheader, the Redlegs have nine games remaining on their preseason schedule. Opening Day is creeping ever so closer.

* In case you missed it, be sure to check out our post from Wednesday on the team's latest odds to win the World Series, the NL Pennant, the division and more. LINK.

* The Reds are sporting the league's third-worst team ERA this spring at 5.07. And rank 28th in MLB overall in batting average allowed (.291).

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