Thursday, August 8, 2013

A massive collection of off-day Reds notes


On Thursday, the Reds enjoyed an off-day for the third time in seven days, which left fans of baseball's oldest professional franchise searching for how to cope without a game to watch yet again.

Do not fear, folks. I have searched the worldwide web far and wide for some interesting notes and links for you all to mull over as we wait for Cincy's upcoming weekend series against the San Diego Padres.

Sit back, relax, and enjoy.

+ Reliever Jonathan Broxton was activated from the disabled list before Wednesday's game versus the Athletics. Broxton had previously been sidelined since June 15 due to a strained elbow.

+ Aside from Broxton, the Reds are hoping they can get two more players off the disabled list by the end of the week. Ryan Hanigan (wrist) is expected to be back in action sometime during the series against the Padres while Ryan Ludwick (shoulder) could be activated as soon as Sunday. Both players will be welcomed with open arms back to the clubhouse, I am sure.

+ In case you missed it, Shin-Soo Choo was honored as the recipient of the club's Heart & Hustle Award on Wednesday. Given out by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association, the award is presented to one player on each team who "demonstrates a passion for the game and best embodies the values, spirit and tradition of the game."

+ The first 20,000 fans through the gates for Saturday's game will receive a free Reds hat made of recycled plastic bottles. Seriously, if you have tickets to this game, how can you not get down to the stadium early to make sure you snag one of these?

+ According to the Relative Power Index from ESPN, Cincinnati boasts the toughest schedule of any club in the National League (.505).

+ CBS Sports ranked the Reds 13th in its latest power rankings released Wednesday. Speaking of rankings, Sports Illustrated thought a little more highly of Dusty Baker's crew in its power rankings published on Thursday, SI tabbed the Reds 9th. One thing about SI's rankings which struck me as odd was the fact that they ranked the Cardinals 4th, one spot higher than the Pirates, who currently lead Mike Matheny's bunch by a full three games in the division.

+ Joey Votto and Choo continue to rank first and second, respectively, in the league in on-base percentage. Votto is getting on at a clip of .438 while Choo sits nicely at .418.

+ The Reds are about to get a break in the schedule as their next 10 games come against teams with losing records. They get the Padres for three at home this weekend, and then hit the road for a three-game set against the lowly Cubs, before finishing out the road trip for four in Milwaukee.

+ Entering play on Thursday, the Reds remained 6.5 games back of the Pirates for first place in the division, 3.5 games back of the Cardinals for the top Wild Card spot, and 4.5 games ahead of the Diamondbacks for the last Wild Card spot. If the season ended today, the Reds would be in the playoffs, but would face a one-game elimination scenario against the Redbirds in St. Louis.

+ Corky Miller and his 'stache says have a good weekend, everyone.

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