Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Midweek Reds news and notes

With roughly five weeks to go before the regular season as we know it comes to an end, the Reds aren't exactly in the best position to earn a playoff spot. But that doesn't mean they are technically out of it quite yet. According to fangraphs.com, Bryan Price's crew has only a 3.5 percent chance of playing in October. With 31 games to go, trailing by 10 games for first place, and lagging 5.5 games behind for the second Wild Card spot, I would say 3.5 percent sounds about right.

For most fans, the 2014 season came to an end for all intents and purposes when the club suffered the catastrophic doubleheader meltdown in Colorado a couple weekends back. And then followed that cringe worthy performance with another stinker in St. Louis. Although the Reds are riding a modest two-game winning streak, rumblings around the organization seem to suggest ownership and the front office are already looking to 2015.

 + Ken Rosenthal wonders which starting pitcher(s) the Reds will decide to part ways with this offseason. Johnny Cueto, Mat Latos, Mike Leake, and Alfredo Simon are all entering their final year of tam control. And the small market Redlegs won't be able to sign them all to long term deals. Especially if Latos and Cueto will demand more than the whopping $105 million deal given to Homer Bailey last season. Which pitcher from this group would you let go?

+ It seems as though general manager Walt Jocketty will be around for at least one more year in the Queen City. Multiple reports have been published in the last several days that suggest such is true. Overall, I think Jocketty has done a bang-up job handling the GM duties for the club. However, the lack of activity lately spells a rash of indecisiveness, in my opinion, and that's not what I want out of my GM. Whether or not a plan of action pans out successfully is one thing. But I'll take a guy with a plan over one without any day. Does Jocketty have a long-term vision for the Reds at this point?

+ It's been over a quarter of a century since Pete Rose received a lifetime ban from baseball. And you can sense a growing contingent from the baseball community to have him reinstated. Especially with the changing of the guards at the top of Major League Baseball. For what it's worth, I think Rose will eventually get welcomed back into the sport. However, the only variable is time. Let's hope it's sooner rather than later so the all-time hit king can enjoy his redemption before it's too late.

+ Many have criticized Joey Votto's absence from the team since he's been shelved with an injury. But Richard Justice of Sports on Earth says those people need to give Votto a break. Justice's comments stem from previous remarks made by Votto apparently trying to defend his absence by telling C. Trent Rosecrans that he "didn't elect to get injured." Where do you stand?

+ Atlanta's Craig Kimbrel called Aroldis Chapman "ridiculous" (in a good way). As a guy who doesn't have such a bad arm himself, I think Chapman should take kindly to Kimbrel's kind words.

+ Lastly, congratulations to Mat and Dallas Latos for the birth of their first child, Landon Marshall Latos. Perhaps the little guy is the next star pitcher in the making?

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