Monday, May 13, 2013
Reds off day quotes and notes
The Redlegs took care of business this weekend by sweeping the Brewers in a three-game series at Great American Ball Park. It was a great showing by Dusty Baker's club as they smothered Milwaukee with timely hitting, excellent defense, and good pitching. They will look to build on the positive momentum when they visit Miami beginning Tuesday night.
The Marlins are reeling (pardon the pun) right now as losers of five of their last six. If it wasn't for Houston (10-28), the Fish's 11-27 record would be the worst in baseball. So, as eager as the Reds are to get a crack at the league's doormat, they will have to get through Monday's off day first, which I'm sure is completely fine with them. Off days are more precious than gold for MLB teams this time of year.
In the meantime, enjoy some notes and quotes...
+ Entering Monday's games, the Reds held sole possession of second place in the division with a 22-16 record. They are two games back of the Cardinals for first place.
+ Cincinnati's 16 home victories are the most of any team in baseball. San Francisco is second with 15.
+ According to coolstandings.com, the Reds have a 48.8% chance of making the playoffs. I'm no mathematician, but I believe those odds are severely low.
+ If the playoffs began today, the Reds and Pirates would be included via the Wild Card, which would essentially give the National League Central three of the five postseason teams in the league. However, it's inevitable that Pittsburgh will eventually revert back to their losing ways (20 straight losing seasons).
+ No team in the league has produced more runs than the Reds (180).
+ Brandon Phillips is tied for the league lead in RBI (31).
+ Johnny Cueto is scheduled to make his second injury rehabilitation start Tuesday for Single-A Dayton. Cueto has been on the DL since April 15 with a strained muscle in his upper right arm.
+ Chris Heisey and Manny Parra are expected to start rehab assignments with Double-A Pensacola on Monday.
+ "It was awesome. My mom and grandma were watching (on television). I'm sure they were pretty excited."
[Donald Lutz on hitting his first career homer Sunday]
+ "That was a big home run by big Lutz. His first home run, so we were just afraid to slap hands with him, because he's got some heavy hands."
[Baker on Lutz]
+ "Give the `W' to the offense. They deserve it. I felt all right. I didn't allow myself to have my best stuff. I was aggravated with myself. It was a poor performance."
[Mat Latos (4-0) on his start Saturday]