Don't look know but the Reds have won 12 of their last 14 games and continue to hold down the second-best overall record in the league. Cincinnati will look to make it 13 out of 15 with a sweep over the Chicago Cubs Sunday before they welcome the Cleveland Indians to town for an Interleague series beginning on Memorial Day.
Until then, immerse yourself into some notes and quotes...
+ Former Reds utilityman Wilson Valdez has signed on with a new team. However, it isn't any team in Major League Baseball, but rather the Camden Riversharks of an independent baseball league, instead. Best of luck to Valdez in his trek to make it back to the big show.
+ Reds RHP Jose Arredondo has been issued a suspension by the team in what GM Walt Jocketty referred to as a disciplinary action. Jocketty said it will be a short one, though.
+ On Friday, Sean Marshall was put on the disabled list for the second time this year due to a sore shoulder. Manny Parra was activated from the DL to take his place on the roster.
+ Todd Frazier decided to use part of his coveted off day on Thursday to watch a local high school baseball game.
+ The original timetable for Ryan Ludwick's return from the disabled list was rumored to be around mid-July. That isn't going to happen, according to Ludwick. He thinks a mid-August return is much more likely given the fact that he can't even swing a bat until July 3.
+ Joey Votto is stuck in the middle of a debate arguing his productivity from an old school and new school point of view. Entering Saturday, Votto had just 22 RBI, which puts him on pace for 75 for the season. This has traditionalists scoffing. Meanwhile, the new wave of baseball thinkers point toward his excellence in nearly every other offensive category (OBP, OPS, AVG) as a way to measure his success. It's an intriguing discussion and one Paul Daughtery of Sports Illustrated takes a stab at in this article.
+ "That was a really bonehead pitch. With the pitcher on deck, I threw the one pitch he can hit for a three-run homer. That one stings a little bit."
[Cubs RHP Scott Feldman on Ryan Hanigan's 3-run home run Friday]
+ Miguel Cabrera is pretty good at hitting.
Have a safe Memorial Day, everyone!