Tuesday, May 7, 2013
A mixed bag of Reds quotes and notes
+ If you had to take a straw poll about who the MVP of this Reds squad is through the first six weeks of the season, Shin-Soo Choo would have to be at the top of the list. The 30-year-old has been all that and a bag of chips since joining the organization. Anna McDonald has a nice little piece on him over at ESPN.com that I recommend for you all to read.
+ Johnny Cueto is making progress. He threw a 25-pitch bullpen session before Monday's game against the Braves. He still needs one more injury-free session before he can make a rehab start, writes C. Trent Rosecrans. Cueto has been on the disabled list with a strained lat muscle since mid-April.
+ The Mat Latos trade promises to be one which is reviewed constantly while he is playing for the Reds. After all, Cincinnati did give up four pretty solid players to acquire the right-hander. MLBTR.com recently provided a nice overview of how the deal has panned out so far for both the Padres and Reds. I think it is a relatively fair assessment.
+ On Sunday, Donald Lutz became the first German to ever record a hit in an MLB game when he lashed a single into center field in the seventh inning. Lutz also recorded his first ever run scored, run batted in, and stolen base in the Reds victory.
+ Alfredo Simon had a dominating outing Monday night. He struck out every batter he faced. The last Reds pitcher to fan six in a row was Aaron Harang in 2008.
+ Remember honorary bat boy Teddy Kremer? He and Todd Frazier presented us with one of the best moments of the season when he embraced Frazier after hitting a home run. Check out this video by FOX Sports to learn more about Kremer's awesome story.
+ "They have a really powerful lineup with a lot of threats, which makes you be a little more nitpicky. You end up throwing a lot more pitches than you normally would. You'd think the only guy you don't worry about hitting home runs is the eighth guy (Simmons), and he ends up taking me deep."
[Bronson Arroyo on Andrelton Simmons]
+ "He's only going to get, I think, better once he knows the league. Right now he's going on video and word of mouth from people until he forms his own book so to speak."
[Dusty Baker on Choo]
+ "The regular fan tomorrow is going to get up and read the paper and go, 'The Braves won by three, Kimbrel got the save and Simmons hit a few homers. But we got into some serious trouble. When you're facing Votto in the ninth in this ballpark with two people on and a two-run lead, it's hard. But we did well. We kept adding on and adding on, and you've got to do that because they have a history in this ballpark of coming back."
[Fredi Gonzalez on Monday's 7-4 win over the Reds]