Just like the title suggests we are resurrecting WWPRD this season for the show!
Petes been incredible to us (see the previous article in defense of Pete rose) and answers questions about baseball and life for us weekly!
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I started watching Arrested Development tonight and have found it really really funny. I feel bad that I have never watched this before. I should have watched it from the beginning or really at any point in the last decade and I caught it here and there since then, but today finally started from square one. Really funny stuff.
Todays Reds game was interesting. The Reds won and thats all that matters. They won in convincing fashion.
Mike Leake was incredible having thrown 7 innings of no run baseball and only 3 hits. 3 FRIGGIN HITS! Leake gets a lot of crap from Reds fans, he was a rookie “Phenom” never having played in the minors (he has now) before getting a spot in the rotation. He has really pitched well this year lowering his ERA to 3.25 and he finally seems to have it together.
I want to make this really really clear. The 5th pitcher in the Rotation has a 3.25 ERA. He doesnt have the pitch speed to be a #1 starter, but then again Bronson Arroyo shouldn’t be a top couple starter and until last year he was regularly one of the top 2 pitchers on the staff*. Mike Leake has the ability, he’ll never blow away guys with a 100 MPH fastball or even a 93 MPH fastball, but neither will RA Dickey and he’s not exactly a bad pitcher.
So next time Leake gives up a run and you’re friends are like “Why’d we bring this guy back up, we should have kept Cingrani, or Volquez or Ramon Ortiz”. Help them to see the potential of a pitcher who is just starting his 4th year in the league at the age of 25 and is already running a low 3′s ERA.
The game today should be ridiculous. Harvey V Latos in a helluva pitching matchup that could be for the ages. Mat v Matt over under on # of K’s? I’m going with 18 overall. What are your thoughts?
*(For more on that have you read The 2013 Redleg Annual put together by Joel Luckhaupt and friends? http://www.redlegannual.com/ it has a great article in appreciation of Bronson Arroyo….shameless plug as it has a few Special Edition Podcasts by Head First Slide!)
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Well I’ll admit we havent had quite a much content as I would have liked over the last few weeks, to be honest its my fault. I’ve been super busy between work and doctors appointments and today I’d like to change that. As much as I can until the baby comes (then a minor break, followed by some late night blogging) I will try to post something here every day.
the Reds won game one in New York there was some drama involved. Johnny Cueto came back and threw 5 innings which other than a rough 3rd inning went very well. The Mets seemed to have issues with every call made by either the home plate or the 1B umpires. This came to a head when Latroy Hawkins and Terry Collins were ejected following the 6th inning.
The one thing that does astound me is that usually when a manager gets ejected it fires up the team. It seemed to instead just convince the Mets even more to argue and glare at umpires. At this rate I think that The Mets bench will literally just stare at the umpires all of tomorrows game.
Why did no one tell me that R Lee Emery was in “The Watch”? The rest of the movie has been mediocre to at times hammy as Vince Vaughn is doing his overacting best here, but R Lee Emery makes anything watchable if even for just a moment.
We’re at a maximum of t-10 days until the baby comes. I am so excited I just cannot wait.
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This next series should be an interesting one for many reasons.
A Reds team that for the most part has been smoking hot takes on a Mets team whom has definitely not been.
The Mets are 3-7 in their last 10 while the Reds are 7-3 in their last 10.
Whats intriguing? Johnny Cueto re-debuts tomorrow! JOHNNY FRIGGIN CUETO! How will he pitch? How did he do? Does he pitch to the quality that we expect? Is he back to full strength? Will he change his delivery as has been rumored?
Aside from that theres also intrigue by the pitching matchups. The Rotation we are running out for this series has potential for both disaster and for greatness.
The Matchups are as follows:
Cueto Vs Shaun Marcum
Cueto could be incredible, but all he needs to do tomorrow is be mediocre. If he is mediocre the Reds offense should pound Marcum. Marcum is having a bad year, hes running a 0-4 Record with a 6.75 ERA. Now knowing this Reds team he will probably shut them out for 6 1/3 innings haha. No really, this should be a glorified batting practice for this team, even when Marcum was a well regarded pitcher the Reds would still often find a way against him, hes got a 1-1 Record with a 3.42 ERA against the Reds. Know who hits him hard? Joey Votto. The dude is hitting .556 against Marcum. I expect that to continue.
Leake Vs Jon Niese
Leake is coming off one of his best outtings of the season and to that point he relowered his ERA to below 4. He has a good chance to continue that this week and to gain another win. Mr Niese has been awfully nice to the Reds (haha see what I did there!) and I haven no reason to think this will not continue. Hes got a 3-4 record with a 5.40 ERA this year, but overall he is 1-2 against the Reds with a 5.61 ERA. Brandon Phillips and his .385 BA are licking their chops seeing him on the schedule.
Latos Vs Matt Harvey
Its the battle of the correct way to spell Mat(t)! who is right? shall evil triumph? I say nay nay!!
Mr Latos has a 2.91 ERA, but everything about his season has screamed ACE! He’s had a rough outting a couple of games back but overall has been nails. He’s also been nails against the Mets 2-1 with a 2.70 ERA. Frankly I think Mr Latos rises to the occasion against the incredible Mr Harvey. The man with the misspelled first name has been lights out against the league with a 1.55 ERA and in his one time against the Reds he won, because of course he did. Still I’m going to say Latos gets the win.
Overall this should be a helluva series from an intrigue perspective. I am very hopeful for the outcome and while I wont got out on the sweep limb again (still counting my blessings from calling those two last week!) I will say the Reds should win this series 2-1.
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So here we are in the city of brotherly love. The birthplace of Rocky Balboa. The home of the Broad Street Bullies! The Cincinnati Reds, however, are not facing an opponent that strikes fear into the heart of adversaries as they once did. I’m afraid that not even Eye Of The Tiger, or Burgess Meredith could convince this Philly team to fight. Although, seeing Charlie Manuel perform Meredith’s “Penguin” would be worth the price of admission along, the match ups this weekend have Cingrani facing Lee on Friday night, Arroyo squares up against Kyle Kendrick on Saturday at 4:05 EST, and then the finale will pit Batman against Pettibone with a scheduled 1:35 EST first pitch.
Friday nights game sees Cliff Lee take the hill for the Phils, and if we can rewind to April 15th, it was the Monday night game where Lee posted a respectable line of 7 ip, gave up 5 hits and allowed 2 ER. But the biggest moment that may stand out from his previous start against the Reds, was the walk that Jay Bruce(!) drew after the Reds notorious “Wild Pitch” offence pushed Votto across the plate. Lee has been effective against the Reds in his career, but with an ERA approaching 4, he’s also liable to give up a few runs to Cincinnati. Factor in that he’s also given up ten runs in 20 innings of work at home this year, and suddenly scoring 3-4 off of Cliff doesn’t seem like much of a stretch in the “hitter friendly” Citizens Bank Park. Interesting matchup to consider against Cliff Lee within the Reds lineup; Cozart is hitting .333 for his career against Philadelphia. Meanwhile, BRUUUUUUUCE! has absolutely raked the Phils pitching staffs over the years with an OPS nearing 1.000 and ten funkblasts in fewer than 150 AB’s.
This could, finally, actually, legitimately be the series that Bruce finds his power stroke. He has absolutely demolished the Phillies throughout his career, and I expect nothing less than a replay of that history this weekend against the pitching staff at CBP.
On the flip side Cingrani hasn’t faced the Phillies yet, but beyond Mayberry and Brown who hit left handed starters extraordinarily well, so long as Tony “Bunches Of K’s” can get ahead of their hitters early, the 2013 Phils are notoriously prone to striking out. None more so than Ryan Howard who also happens to be hitting a measly .190 against lefties this season, and only .260 for his career against the Reds. For performances from the Dark Side, I expect that Brown and Utley will do the majority of the damage, if any against the Reds starters this weekend. Arroyo sports an ERA of an even six in his career against the Phils, so if there’s a game that the Reds drop in this series, I personally expect it to be Bronson. Then again, he has had a string of decent starts, and Dusty also appears to have realized just how quick the hook must be when BronsOFF makes his sixth inning appearance. Coming off back to back sweeps against both the Fish and the Brew Crew, I certainly don’t see a third straight sweep, but posting a 2-1 record, and a 5-1 start to this road trip is a most welcome sight. And for those of us that were stressed over the previous months inability to win a game on the road, remain calm. If you’re still worried, the Mets are on the horizon, and a road trip that goes 7-2, by my logic anyway, is a pretty successful one.
TL;DR version of this series preview? Just like the Broad Street Bullies of the 1970′s, this current lineup for Philly looks an awful lot like Bobby Clarke