Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Wednesday's Reds notes: Rose graces cover, three players with most to prove and more


+ C. Trent Rosecrans has the latest from Las Vegas regarding the World Series odds for every team in baseball. The list also includes odds to win the pennant and division.

+ Mark Sheldon has a recap of the action from Tuesday. Cincinnati took one on the chin from the Royals, 9-5, despite jumping out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first. Oh well. Top right-handed prospects Robert Stephenson and Michael Lorenzen were impressive by whistling fastballs in the mid-to-high 90s.

+ Pete Rose is on the cover of the March 10 edition of Sports Illustrated. The magazine is said to have an excerpt from a new book authored by Kostya Kennedy which profiles Rose's interesting life.

+ As fate would have it, I just happened to come across that aforementioned excerpt and have provided a link for you to read it right here. Enjoy.

+ Here are three Reds players who I believe have something to prove in 2014. Yes, that argument can be made for any player, but I think Billy Hamilton, Ryan Ludwick, and Brandon Phillips are the ones with the most to prove this time around.

+ Speaking of Ludwick, he's apparently feeling pretty good about where he's at physically this spring, and is using the criticism from naysayers to fuel his motivation.

+ The Reds will use defensive shifts more under Bryan Price, writes John Fay. From my time as a player and from my own observation of watching games, these shifts seem to work out for the defensive team more often than not, so count me in favor of implementing such a strategy.

+ Mike Leake is scheduled to make his start on Friday. This is notable because he was scratched from his most recent start last weekend.

+ In case you missed it, news and notes from Tuesday.

+ We're only 26 days away from Opening Day.

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