Thursday, May 23, 2013

A collection of Reds off day quotes, notes

The red-hot Redlegs return home this weekend feeling pretty good about themselves after completing one of the most successful road trips in recent memory. They wound up going 7-2 against the likes of Miami, Philadelphia, and New York, and could have very well gone 8-1 if it hadn't been for the blown save by the usually steady Aroldis Chapman last Sunday.

Nonetheless, I'm sure fans will gladly take that kind of road trip everytime. Cincinnati now turns its attention to the Chicago Cubs as they host their rivals for a three-game series at Great American Ball Park beginning Friday night.

Until then, kill some time by reading quotes and notes.

+ After this weekend, Chicago won't return to GABP until September 9-11.

+ On Monday, ESPN tabbed the Reds No.3 in their updated MLB power rankings. On Thursday, the Reds landed the No. 2 spot on the Sports Illustrated list. The only team standing between them and the top spot was those pesky St. Louis Cardinals.

+ In case you missed it, Jerry Crasnick of penned a great feature piece on Joey Votto earlier this week. Be sure to check it out if you haven't already. There are tons of great tidbits in there.

+ Entering play on Thursday, the Reds stood 1.5 games back of the division-leading Cards. However, if the playoffs began today, the Reds would still be in contention thanks to the Wild Card. So would the Pittsburgh Pirates. Wait, what?

+ Brandon Phillips continues to rip the cover off the ball with runners in scoring position. The Gold Glove second basemen may be having his best individual season of his career and currently leads the league in RBI with 40.

+ Speaking of leading the league, Votto leads all National League hitters with a .358 batting average. Additionally, Votto also leads the majors in Wins Above Replacement (3.0).

+ No team in the league is getting on-base at a higher rate than Cincinnati (.336). The fact that Votto and Shin-Soo Choo are 1-2 in that respective category is probably a huge reason why.

+ The Reds "Outplayed and Outclassed" the Mets earlier this week, writes one writer.

+ The Joe Morgan statue seems to be coming along quite nicely.

"I understand what Ike Davis was trying to do. It just went in my favor. Things happen. This game is crazy. But I'll take it, hands down." 
[Phillips on his unusual two-run double on Wednesday]

"I couldn't get the guy at home. Choo runs really fast, and it was really slow to my backhand side, plus I was trying to get off the bag to get in the hole because it was a right-handed hitter. They don't usually hit it down the line like that. But the second that, right before it bounced, I thought it bounced foul. In my head, I can't catch it, touch the bag and then throw it to second and get the guy out, because then it's a tag play and the guy scores anyway."
[Davis explaining the bizarre ninth inning play which cost NYM the game]

+ "Everybody has been talking about how we haven't been winning on the road. It's baseball, and you still have to play the games. Just because we're playing teams -- record-wise -- that weren't as good, we have to take care of business, and we did that."
[Zack Cozart on a 7-2 road trip]

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