Sunday, March 16, 2014

Sunday's Reds news and notes

+ Saturday saw the Reds put on an impressive offensive display as Bryan Price's crew scored a whopping 16 runs in a win over the Brewers. It marked the most runs the team has scored in a spring training game since also plating 16 against the Yankees in March 2002.

+ Chris Heisey smacked his MLB-leading fifth home run of the spring in the rout. He's certainly making a strong push for more playing time (You can view video of his blast right here). Roger Bernadina, Chris Nelson, and Neftali Soto also went deep in the onslaught in Arizona.

+ Homer Bailey was scratched for his scheduled start on Saturday after experiencing a strain in his right groin. No worries though. The injury isn't serious and isn't expected to cause him to miss more time than Saturday's start.

+ Mat Latos threw a batting practice session on Friday and all reports were positive. The big right-hander could see live game action as soon as Wednesday if all goes well. Latos is still recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery as the result of slipping on the mound early in February.

+ Doug Gray over at Blog Red Machine highlights some spring training surprises he's seen out of Reds camp. Hint: Billy Hamilton's ability to get on base is one of them.

+ Speaking of Hamilton, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer chronicles how the youngster's speed still continues to surprise people, even his own teammates.

+ A fantasy baseball preview of the 2014 Reds can be found here. The post is full of sleepers, busts, breakouts, and value picks.

+ Price has still yet to name an Opening Day starter. But Johnny Cueto is making a bid to fill that role for the third time in his career. The right-hander hurled five innings of scoreless ball in Cincy's 2-1 win over the Rangers on Friday. The Reds also set a new club-attendance record at Goodyear Ballpark by attracting over 8,000 fans through the turnstiles.

+ Anyone who is frustrated with Cincinnati's win-loss record (7-12) this spring should be reminded that preseason performance historically has no bearing on the regular season. For example, the Reds sported losing records in each of the last three springs in which they wound up going the playoffs (2010, 2012, 2013). Furthermore, the Rangers, Dodgers, Red Sox, Braves, and Cardinals, all teams expected to be postseason contenders in 2014, are also currently carrying losing records right now. The moral of the story is to not sweat what happens in the preseason when it comes to wins and losses.

+ Price won't play matchups with his bullpen this season.

+ A Cardinals fan got the team logo shaved onto the back of his head.

+ Only 15 more days until Opening Day. It's getting close!

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