Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Wednesday notebook: Some links & notes

Here's a plethora of Reds-related links and notes to help get you over the hump today:

- Ryan Hanigan should continue to get most of the playing time over rookie Devin Mesoraco, writes David Schoenfield of ESPN's SweetSpot blog. See his reasoning here.

- Schoenfield also pegs Mat Latos as one player who's seat may be getting a bit hot.

- The race for baseball's weakest division looks like a two-way heat between the AL and NL Central.

- See where the Reds rank in ESPN's latest batch of MLB Power Rankings. Hint: They moved up four spots from last week.

- Is ex-Red Edwin Encarnacion the real deal? fantasy expert Eric Karabell examines the current Blue Jays' hot start to the season in this post.

- Aroldis Chapman is finding success by slowing things down, writes Reds beat writer Mark Sheldon.

- Amir Garrett, the Reds' 2011 22nd round draft pick, continues to be torn between playing NCAA basketball for St. John's or pursuing his pro baseball career.

- I couldn't disagree more myself, but one writer from the Bleacher Report suggests that the team should consider trading prospect Billy Hamilton soon. Why? See for yourself here.

- Jamie Ramsey of Better Off Red will be hosting a #VoteReds Twitter luncheon on Wednesdsay. Check out all the details by following this link to his post.

- The Reds are currently in a stretch of playing 29 games in 30 days. That's right, they'll get only one off day over the next four weeks -- this after getting four off days in the first 26 days of the season.

- Of those 29 games, only 12 come against foes currently sporting a losing record. Coincidentally, all 12 of those games come against teams hailing from the division.

- Cincy's 11-11 April mark is their first non-winning opening month since the 2008 season (12-17).

- Bats shortstop Paul Janish was placed on the disabled list Monday with a broken wrist. John Fay speculates that the team could promote Double-A SS Didi Gregorius to take his place on the roster. Meanwhile, Single-A SS Billy Hamilton would be the likely candidate to take Gregorius' spot in Pensacola.

- In case you missed it, Jay Bruce picked up National League Player of the Week honors on Monday. It's the fourth time in his career that he's won the award, tying him with the immortal Barry Larkin for the second-most on the team's all-time list.

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