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Sweet Sixteen: The No – Hitter History Of The Cincinnati Reds

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Saturday July 13th, 2013

Homer Bailey took a long time to fulfill expectations in the Reds Starting Lineup.  At age 27, he has now thrown 2 No hitters in under a calendar year.  Bailey has a Career Record of 43 - 40, with a 4.38, but has hovered around a 3.70 ERA over the last 2 years.  In a team filled with history - including the only man ever to throw back to back no hitters (Johnny Vandermeer) - he has put his name up on that mantle.

Homer Bailey took a long time to fulfill expectations in the Reds Starting Pitching Rotation. At age 27, he has now thrown 2 No hitters in under a calendar year. Bailey has a Career Record of 43 – 40, with a 4.38, but has hovered around a 3.70 ERA over the last 2 years. In a team filled with a deep no – hitter history – including the only man ever to throw back to back no hitters (Johnny Vander Meer) – he has put his name up on that mantle.

By Matt Steinmann ( MLB Reports Reds Correspondent)

The No-Hitter is a very special moment for any pitcher, any fanbase, and of course any franchise in baseball. It’s a rare feat; only 280 of them have been pitched since 1875, with 23 of them being Perfect Games.

Nolan Ryan’s 7 career No-Hitters is the Major League record, and he is one of 31 players in Major League history to throw more than one.

In 1991, the No-Hitter was officially defined by MLB’s Committee For Statistical Accuracy as follows: “An official no-hit game occurs when a pitcher (or pitchers) allows no hits during the entire course of a game, which consists of at least nine innings.”

This definition took off the books many previously recognized No-Hitters that failed to meet the definition.

Homer Bailey No Hitter 2013

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Out In Left Field: The Reds Injury Stricken Situation

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Wednesday, June.05/2013

ong will Ludwick be out? Early optimism suggested that Ludwick could be back around the All-Star break. However, in the last week or so, it’s been made clear that it’s going to be longer than that. “People seem to be under the impression that I’ll be back in the middle of July and that’s a complete lie,” Ludwick told the Cincinnati Enquirer. “I can’t even resume baseball activities until July 3, so it’s at least the middle of August. I can’t even throw a baseball or swing a bat until July. I’ve got a whole lot of stuff to do. I’ve got to get in baseball shape as they call it. You take three, four months from throwing a baseball, it’s going to take a while to get your arm back in shape.”  The OF hit for a 3 Slash Line .275/.346/.877 - with 26 HRs and 80 RBI in just 422 At-Bats in 2012.  Ludwick signed a 2 YR deal with the Reds worth $15 MIL over the winter.

How long will Ludwick be out? Early optimism suggested that he could be back around the All-Star break. However, in the last week or so, it’s been made clear that it’s going to be longer than that. “People seem to be under the impression that I’ll be back in the middle of July and that’s a complete lie,” Ludwick told the Cincinnati Enquirer. “I can’t even resume baseball activities until July 3, so it’s at least the middle of August.I can’t even throw a baseball or swing a bat until July. I’ve got a whole lot of stuff to do. I’ve got to get in baseball shape as they call it. You take three, four months from throwing a baseball, it’s going to take a while to get your arm back in shape.”

By Matt Steinmann (Reds Correspondent)

On Opening Day 2013, when Reds left fielder Ryan Ludwick went down with a shoulder injury, it was a rather sinking feeling. After having overall good luck with health last season, it was clear that the Reds weren’t going to have quite that luck this season.

Then the bigger questions arose, will Chris Heisey finally prove he can play everyday, and how long will Ludwick be out? 

Unfortunately, the bad luck didn’t stop there. Chris Heisey, after 17 starts (in 23 appearances) in Left Field, ended up on the DL at the end of April with a right hamstring injury.

Although his batting average was a measly .173, his defense was solid, 37 Put Outs in 38 Chances, and 0 errors. He looked to be close to returning a couple of weeks ago, before re-aggravating the injury on a rehab assignment at AA Pensacola.

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Arroyo’s Last Stand: Revisiting The Trade That Brought Him To Cincy For Wily Mo Pena

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Wily Mo Pena was the classic 'tease' power hitter for several MLB clubs.  The Reds sold high on him - as he only hit 34 HRs and drove in 105 RBI fiun 827 AB for 4 different clubs over 7 seasons.  With Cincy, He hit for  51 HRs and drove in 134 RBI during his 830 AB with them.  I would say that the Trade has worked out well for the Reds - in receiving a top of the Rotation Starter for almost a decade in exchange.

Wily Mo Pena was the classic ‘tease’ power hitter for several MLB clubs. The Reds sold high on him – as he only hit 34 HRs and drove in 105 RBI in his 827 AB for 4 different clubs over 6 seasons after he left Ohio – before packing up for Japan. With Cincy, He hit for 51 HRs and drove in 134 RBI during his 830 AB with them. I would say that the Trade has worked out well for the Reds – in receiving a top of the Rotation Starter for almost a decade in exchange.  Wily Mo Pena was still the best Batting Practice hitter in the Majors.  Clubbing 84 HRs in 1703 Career AB is just a little over 1 HR per 20 AB.  Just not worthy of  a Pitcher like Arroyo.

By Matt Steinmann (Reds Correspondent)

In March of 2006, the Reds completed a deal that sent outfielder Wily Mo Pena to the Boston Red Sox for Starting Pitcher Bronson Arroyo and cash.

Now, in 2013, Bronson Arroyo is in the final year of a contract with the Reds and Wily Mo Pena is in the Japanese League. With all the talk from fans for the team to sign Shin-Soo Choo to a long term deal, the name not being mentioned is Bronson Arroyo.

It almost seems like a foregone conclusion that he will walk at the end of the season, but is that the right move?

Wily Mo Pena Tribute in 2011 – Mature Lyrics So Parental Guidance is Advised

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Bridging The Gap Or Fixing A Leake?

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Monday, April.29/2013

Chris Heisey has struggled at the plate this season, only batting .173 in 23 games. Now with a hamstring injury, he is on the Disabled List He along with Xavier Paul have been filling the void left by Ryan Ludwick when he went to the DL after being injured on opening day.

Chris Heisey has struggled at the plate this season, only batting .173 in 23 games. Now with a hamstring injury, he is on the Disabled List He along with Xavier Paul have been filling the void left by Ryan Ludwick when he went to the DL after being injured on opening day.

by Matt Steinmann (Reds Correspondent)

Sometimes injuries can cripple a team and other times it can give players an opportunity. With Ryan Ludwick on the DL, Chris Heisey and Xavier Paul have been holding down the fort in Left Field. At the plate, Heisey is hitting .173, with 20 Ks in 23 games, and now finds himself with an injured hamstring.

In 20 games, Xavier Paul is hitting .297 with 10 Ks. On the mound, the Reds haven’t missed a beat with Johnny Cueto on the DL. Tony Cingrani, the 23 year old lefty, has stepped up, which will make the Reds decision even more difficult in when Cueto is ready to return.

So far this season, Mike Leake has a 4.34 ERA, and a 1-1 record. In 5 Game Starts, he’s gone 6 Innings twice, Seven Innings twice, with his last outing being his shortest, 3 Innings. He’s given up Earned Run totals of 4, 5, 0, 2, and 3 respectively.

He’s given up 3 HRs so far this season. Leake is in his 4th season with the Reds, and has won 8, 12, and 8 games in his first 3 season respectively. Those numbers are perfectly fine for any 5th starter in baseball.

Tony Cingrani Highlights April.25/2013 vs the Cubs

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Sean Marshall Injury: Has It Created A Chink In The Armor?

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Saturday April 13,  2013

Sean Marshall was acquired by the Reds in Dec of 2011 in a trade with the Chicago Cubs. In 74 games and 61 Innings Pitched, in 2012 he struckout 74 batters and carried a 2.51 ERA.  He is a guy good for 75-80 Appearances and a mid 2.00 ERA.  Outstanding numbers for a relief pitcher looking to lock down holds for the later inning guys.

Sean Marshall was acquired by the Reds in Dec of 2011 in a trade with the Chicago Cubs. In 74 games and 61 Innings Pitched in 2012 – he Struckout 74 batters and carried a 2.51 ERA. He is a guy good for 75-80 Appearances – and a mid 2.00 ERA. Outstanding numbers for a Relief Pitcher looking to lock down holds for the later Inning guys.  The Reds are happy that they have Chapman back in the Bullpen to solidify the Relief Core – plus shorten games,  but who will take over in the 7th Inning Role while the LHP is out?

By Matt Steinmann (Reds Correspondent):

Injuries, as we know are part of the game. Every team will have to overcome them, some more than others. In Cincinnati, the Reds are already dealing with their second key injury.

Left Fielder, Ryan Ludwick went down on Opening Day after doing his best Pete Rose impression into Third Base, resulting in a torn labrum. He won’t be back anytime soon.

Now, Reliever Sean Marshall is on the mend, placed on the 15 Day Disabled List  this past Wednesday with shoulder tendonitis.

Sean Marshall Interviewed after the Trade to the Reds Last Year:

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Aroldis Chapman – Starter Or Closer: Perhaps 2013 Will Solve The Answer?

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Thursday, February.07,  2013

Chapman was filthy dominant in the 2012 season, with a 1.51 ERA, WHIP of 0.809 and 38 Saves as the teams closer.  He made the ALL-Star Team, finished 8th in NL Cy Young Voting and 12th in NL MVP Voting.  Will moving him to starter be a mistake?

Chapman was filthy dominant in the 2012 season, with a 1.51 ERA, WHIP of 0.809 and 38 Saves as the teams closer. He made the ALL-Star Team, finished 8th in NL Cy Young Voting and 12th in NL MVP Voting. Will moving him to starter be a mistake?

By Matt Steinmann (Reds Correspondent):

The biggest question from Reds fans this offseason has been if the move from the bullpen to the rotation is the best move for Reds pitcher, Aroldis Chapman and the team. Why fix what isn’t broken? Does he have enough pitches? Can he pitch enough innings?….the answer to these and all of the questions you can think of is pretty simple; we’ll find out.

This plan wasn’t something the Reds came up with overnight, when he was signed to a 6 year $30 Million deal in 2010 it wasn’t to close ballgames. It was to eventually be a member of the rotation. In 2010, the rotation consisted of Aaron Harang, Edinson Volquez, Bronson Arroyo, Johnny Cueto, and Homer Bailey. Out are Harang and Volquez, in are Mat Latos and Mike Leake, who looks to be the odd man out in 2013 for Chapman. In his final season for his Cuban team, Chapman pitched 118 Innings as a Starting Pitcher, which won’t nearly be enough for the Major Leagues. The only taste of Chapman as starter against at least some semblance of Major League hitters came last year in Spring Training before closer Ryan Madson suffered a season-ending elbow injury. Chapman went 2-0 with a 2.12 ERA, striking out 17 in 18 Innings, walking only 2.

Aroldis Chapman – Fastest Pitcher ever recorded at 107 MPH:

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Cincinnati Reds Roster In 2013: State Of The Union

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Friday, January.04,  2013

The core is as solid as ever and they could potentially add Stolen Base Threat Billy Hamilton to the arsenal of attack next year.  The Reds will be a fast, entertaining team with lots of power from both hitting and defense.

The core is as solid as ever and they could potentially attack next year with more speed with some recent trades and Draft Picks. The Reds will be a fast, entertaining team with lots of power from both hitting and defense.

Matt Steinmann (Reds Correspondent):

97 wins. NL Central Championship. Knocked out of the playoffs by the eventual World Series Champion, San Francisco Giants in the NLDS. That’s the story of the 2012 Cincinnati Reds. Everything that was going so great in the summer of 2012 ended abruptly, leaving many people scratching their heads wondering what went wrong? How did this team, who went 2-0 in San Francisco in the NLDS, come home and lose 3 straight at Great American Ballpark? Having nobody on base when Joey Votto came to the plate didn’t help, but that was only part of the story. Lack of clutch hitting was another problem. You could point fingers at skipper Dusty Baker as well, who did not manage with the sense of urgency that San Francisco’s skipper Bruce Bochy did. Either way, it was a team effort to get where they got, and a team effort on why they didn’t get to where they wanted to be.

Cincinnati Reds:  Fan-Made 2012 NL Central Champions Video:

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Broxton, Marshall and Chapman: Modern Day Nasty Boys?

Sunday, December.9, 2012

a  a nasty boys

Matt Steinmann (Guest Baseball Writer and Reds Correspondent):

The resigning of Jonathan Broxton is an interesting one for the Reds. The feeling is that this paves the way for Aroldis Chapman to head to the rotation. It could also just be securing the back end of a dominant bullpen from this past season that many have compared to the 1990 Nasty Boys. The Reds haven’t said for sure, which isn’t surprising considering how close-to-the-vest they operate. Like last season, Chapman will likely go into Spring Training as a starter, and the team will go from there.

 The 1990 Nasty Boys were a dominant force. If the Reds had the lead after 6 innings, the trio of Norm Charlton, Rob Dibble, and Randy Myers could strike fear into even the best of hitters and close the door almost at will. Charlton struck out 117 batters in 154.1 innings (6.8 per 9 Innings). He also had 16 starts, an ERA of 2.74, and 2 saves. Dibble’s sparkling ERA of 1.74 and WHIP of 0.980 stands out among the trio. He saved 11 games as well, threw 98 Innings, striking out 136 batters (12.5 per 9 Innings). Randy Myers was the man to close the door. The hard throwing lefty converted 31 saves in 1990, had an ERA of 2.08, and struck out 98 batters in 86.2 Innings (11.3 per 9 Innings). Read the rest of this entry

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