Monday, June 8, 2009

6/8- This Week in Reds Baseball

* Still no official word on Joey Votto and the reason why he is on the DL for "stress related issues." Votto would be due to come off of the 15 day DL today but that will be extended for an unkown amount of time. Thus far this season Votto has only played in 38 games at 1B, Catcher Ramon Hernandez has now started 19 games at first, and Adam Rosales 7.

* Matt Maloney had a very solid MLB debut in front of a huge crowd of Cubs fans at GABP on Saturday night. Although he didn't get the decision Maloney allowed just two runs on six hits over six innings. He walked one, struck out four and collected his first career hit.

* This week the Reds will play an revised version of the Jim Bowden era Reds in Washington. The Nationals, who are led by former Red Adam Dunn's 17 HR and 44 RBI, also inlcude former Cincinnati "stars" Ron Villone, Austin Kearns, and Dmitri Young (DL).

* The Reds will travel to Kanasas City this weekend for an interleague series with the Royals, lucky for the Reds AL pitching ace Zack Greinke is scheduled to pitch Thursday against Cleveland. Greinke is 8-2 this season with a 1.55 ERA and 91 K's.

* One of the bright spots on this team so far has been Ramon Hernandez. Practically exiled from Baltimore Hernandez has stepped up to provide clutch hitting for the Reds and has managed the staff of pitchers as good as any catcher that I have seen in a Reds uniform in some time.

* Throughout the season the Reds have kept their games pretty close. They have played in 56 games so far this season and 15 of them have been one-run games with the Reds going 6-9 in one run games. 6 games have gone extra innings where the Reds are 2-4. There have been 18 blowout games where the lead is over 5+ runs and the Reds are 10-8.

Brewers 33-24 (-) .579 Lost 1
Cardinals 31-26 (2) .544 Lost 3
Cubs 28-26 (3.5) .519 Won 1
Reds 29-27 (3.5) .518 Lost 1
Pirates 26-30 (6.5) .464 Lost 1
Astros 25-30 (7) .455 Won 1

This Week's Schedule
Tuesday- 7:05 @ Washington
Wednesday- 7:05 @ Washington
Thursday- 4:35 @ Washington
Friday- 8:10 @ Kansas City
Saturday- 7:10 @ Kansas City
Sunday- 2:10 @ Kansas City

Reds Statistical Leaders
AVG 0.276- Phillips
HOME RUNS 14- Bruce
RBI 41- Phillips
STEALS 12- Taveras
ERA 2.43- Cueto
WINS 7- Arroyo
SAVES 14- Cordero

1 comment:

Brandon said...

Not only has Hernandez helped with the bat and calling games, he has also played a really good first base. He can pick balls out of the dirt as good as any first basemen on the roster.

This team needs Joey Votto! Whatever it is, he needs to get back to his teammates, its a different club with out him in the lineup.