Wednesday, March 13, 2013

A midweek roundup of Reds news and notes

It was all smiles for these guys Tuesday night

Don't look now, but after beginning the spring 2-11, the Reds have now won three games in a row with their victory over the Dodgers Tuesday night. Dusty Baker's bunch will go for four straight when they play host to the Giants at Goodyear Ballpark Wednesday afternoon.

Now, some Reds news and notes...

+ The United States dominated from start-to-finish in their 7-1 win over Puerto Rico in the second round of the World Baseball Classic Tuesday night. Brandon Phillips and the Americans will take on Reds reliever Alfredo Simon and the Dominican Republic on Thursday in what is sure to be a classic.

+ Billy Hamilton is currently listed as day-to-day due to a strained hamstring. The speedster did not play Tuesday and is not expected to play Wednesday, either.

+ In case you missed it, the Reds made 12 roster cuts yesterday. Tony Cingrani and Daniel Corcino were the two biggest names who were dropped.

+ Self-admitted Reds fan and Yahoo! Sports contributor Andrew Roth says that Aroldis Chapman is more valuable as a starter than he is as a reliever. In other news, the sky is blue, the grass is green, and baseball is awesome.

+ Cincinnati won 97 games and the division title in 2012 despite not having Joey Votto for a couple of months. A healthy Votto likely means continued success in 2013.

+ Legendary beat writer Hal McCoy ponders the likelihood of an all-Ohio World Series (i.e. Reds and Indians). It has never happened before. See if McCoy thinks that it ever will.

+ Check out this post by the Bleacher Report which highlights some of the Reds players on fire and others that are slumping. Shin-Soo Choo is one player who is lighting it up right now.

+ Are you a gambling man? Here are some odds on the Reds. The site lists the over/under on win total this year at 90.5. I believe majority of Reds nation would take the over on that in a heartbeat.

+ As a sign of protest, the Towson University baseball team placed black tape over their chest logo after learning that the school had decided to cut their program. The team did this for all three of their games this past weekend against Delaware.

+ Mike Trout's high school has decided to rename its baseball field in his honor.

+ The Nationals have announced Stephen Strasburg as their Opening Day pitcher. Strasburg was shut down early last season in fear of taxing his arm in his first year back from Tommy John surgery.

+ Opening Day is a mere 18 days away, folks.

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