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Tuesday, March.26/2013

In his 1st half season during last year, Joey Votto clubbed for a 3 Slash Line of ..348/.471/1.124 with 35 Doubles, 14 HRs and 48 RBI.  He was the leading candidate to pull in his 2nd NL MVP Award.  Once he returned from injury, he was not the same - only plating 8 RBI and HRs in the last 28 games he played in

In his 1st half season during last year, Joey Votto clubbed for a 3 Slash Line of .348/.471/1.124 with 35 Doubles, 14 HRs and 48 RBI. He was the leading candidate to pull in his 2nd NL MVP Award. Once he returned from injury, he was not the same – only plating 8 RBI and HRs in the last 28 games he played in.  The Canadian still led the NL in OBP for the 3rd straight season.  He also led the NL In Walks despite missing 51 games.  Votto has a Career 3 Slash Line of .316/.415/.968.  He is signed through the 2024 year in a 13 YR/.$263 MIL deal.

MLB Reports:  Welcome to our newest Kids writer  Jason Alpert-Wisnia – for being selected to join our MLB Reports Kids Writing team.  We are pleased to present the readers with a youthful look to the game of baseball.  Moms and Dad’s – if you have a young kid who loves baseball and wants to write about the game, please email us at mlbreports@gmail.com.  We will be selecting three more kid writers for our website this year. 

By Jason Alpert-Wisnia  (AKA “JAWS”): (MLB Reports Kids Writer – visit his website here )

The Cincinnati Reds last season had a 97 Wins and 65 Losses Team Record, scoring them 1st place in the NL Central last season. The team could have made it even farther in the Postseason, maybe even beating the Giants and becoming the NL representatives, BUT, they missed their chance in losing 3 straight tries to eliminate the club from the BAY after taking a commanding 2 – 0 lead in the Series.

During the year Joey Votto injured his knee and was out for a while along with the manager Dusty Baker having a stroke, and you have to wonder about these two incidents not factoring in them feeling less than 100% heading into the Playoffs. 

You throw in Johnny Cueto‘s injury moving up all of the depth on the Starting Pitching versus the Giants in the 2012, and you can see that things spiraled downward.

Joey Votto Highlights – Mature Lyrics so Parental Guidance is advised:


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. In his 68 Appearances in 2012, Chapman fanned 122 hitters in just 71.2 IP for a K Rate of 15.3 Per 9 IP.  He has Struckout 212

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. In his 68 Appearances in 2012, Chapman fanned 122 hitters in just 71.2 IP for a K Rate of 15.3 Per 9 IP. He has Struckout 212 batters in just 135.0 Career Innings Tossed.  After starting Spring Traing in the rotation, Chapman has been smartly placed back into his spot as the franchises Closer for the year just like he did in 2012.

The Reds were not resting on the laurels of the 2012, when they traded for Shin-S00 Choo – in order to improve the numbers out of the Leadoff spot for OBP, in comparison to the struggles Drew Stubbs had their last year.

In addition to this, the club tried experimenting with Aroldis Chapman as a starter to start Spring Training this year,  before a change of heart place him back in his familiar role as their main Closer to start the year.

The thought process behind this was to enhance the dominance of the Starters with a bonafide flame – thrower.  Chapman showed signs that he was ready for the task as a Starter in the 2012 Spring Training before the club lost Ryan Madson days prior to the regular season starting in 2012.  This ended the Southpaw’s stint there and brought him back to the Bullpen

His fastball is incredibly good, averaging at 98 MPH, but his changeup is not used to MLB players, which is something he really needs to work on.

But if you’re having any sort of doubts about the Red’s starting pitching, you are SO wrong. The team consists of many great Starting Pitchers to compliment the man from Cuba, such as RH Johhny Cueto, prospect Southpaw Tony Cingrani, Veteran Hurler Bronson Arroyo, Mike Leake and Mat Latos.

Johnny Cueto has been on the team for a while now, but in the last year, has he truly become the star the Reds knew he would become. His amount of players walked per inning dropped extremely as well as gained lots of stamina, which is a BIG change in his ability.

With his stats from lasts season, such as 19 Wins and 9 Losses Pitching Record and a 2. 78 ERA, as well as 170 Strikeouts, if you didn’t believe this before, maybe now you’ll believe he truly is one of the best pitchers in the MLB, maybe now you truly will begin too.

Last season, RHP Mat Latos had a 14 Wins and 4 Losses Pitching Record – and had a 3. 48 ERA and 185 Strikeouts. He’s a good pitcher, and is a big part of the starters in the Pitching Rotation. He’s good, it’s just the team doesn’t let him play for too long, but if he improves his pitching, than combines it with his young as well as fast arm, he will be seeing a lot more Innings Pitched in the 2013 season

But overall, he’s a good pitcher, but he just needs to mature since he has only played on the Reds for one season and needs to get used to the ballpark size.

The Reds brought up Southpaw Tony Cingrani from Rice in 2011. He last season debuted in the MLB, but didn’t get to fully show off his skills. In the minors last season, he had a 10 Wins and 4 Losses Pitching Record and a 1. 73 ERA.  

Cingrani also had 252 Strikeouts in only 26 games, which is an amazing set of stats, with an average of 11 Strikeouts per 9 Innings he plays. He’s being used by the Reds as a starter, but he’s more of  mid-rotation player, so he needs to get used to being used as a Starter.

But if the Reds really want him to be the certain best he can, they should hive him a little more time in the minors for practice getting used to being a Starter. But overall, he’s a player the Reds should use as a reserve backup just in case.

Walt Jocketty re-signed the team’s other closer, RHP Jonathan Broxton – who hopefully will be able to replicate stats like he did last season. In the past, his ERA was a pretty bad amount of over 4. 00 between 2010 and 2011, but in the last season, he changed it around.

With last season’s career best of 2. 48 ERA, plus his 2nd most amount of Saves in one season at 27 (in 2009 had 36). But, his amount of Strikeouts in each season has plummeted extremely, and if he doesn’t get more, he may be dropped.

The Reds overall have ALL the pitchers for the Pitching Rotation they need, so pitching looks just about perfect for the time being.

The Reds star 1st baseman Joey Votto has shown star-level ability and capabilities when it comes to defense as well as offense in the recent few years, but with his not-to-old injury, it’s unsure what may happen this season. Will he be the NL MVP candidate or just an average player at First Base?

Last years totals featured a  . 337 Batting Average and he dished out 126 Hits, scored 59 Runs, hit 14 Home-Runs, and raked in 56 RBI. With his great hitting and ability to get on base with Walks – he is one of the best Left Handed Hitters in the game of baseball. HOPEFULLY, Joey Votto will be in MVP condition, if the injury doesn’t come back to haunt him.

Also, I’m unsure about Left Fielder Ryan Ludwick. Last season he was really good,  however I’m unsure if that was a random happening or a newly hatching player. But either way, he’s a unsure bet on what he may be able to do this season.

Jay Bruce, the Reds right fielder is one of the star hitters of the team, but more in the Homer hitting part. In his future, I see him getting into the Home Run Derby, and maybe even nailing down the Crown.

His  amount of Home Runs in the past few seasons have been able to increase each year. But, although he has had increases in Home Runs–there’s a downside to it as well.

His Strikeout rate has increased over the past few seasons, so hopefully he can lower his rate. He last season had an OK . 252 Batting Average and had 99 RBI, 89 Runs, clubbed 141 Hits, and hit 34 Home Runs. Although he’s not the top hitter in the NL, he’s one of the best hitters in the NL.

Also, the Reds picked up right fielder Shin-Soo Choo from the Cleveland Indians. He in 2011 was plagued with LOTS of injuries and was in a horrible condition, but last season, he was able to get passed it and come back to playing. But, the injuries took away some of his power-hitting and ability, but hopefully, the Reds can help him get back his capabilities to the max.

He last season had a . 283 Batting Average and smacked 169 Base Hits, had 88 Runs, plunked 16 Home Runs, and knocked 67 RBI. But overall, if the Reds can get his already good speed and hitting to what it used to be, he could be what the Reds hoped him to be when signing him.

Brandon Phillips is the most underrated player in the MLB.  The ALL – Star Second Baseman should be considered as an MVP candidate every season with his all around game.

Todd Frazier will take over for the departed Scott Rolen.  He was in the Rookie Of The Year conversation until he faded in September while Bryce Harper took over.

But overall, the Reds will probably get 1st in the NL Central yet again, and will maybe get far into the Post Season as long as the Aroldis Chapman can duplicate his brilliant 2012 year this year. 

Joey Votto and Shin-Soo Choo and Dusty Baker aren’t affected by their past injuries, and Tony Cingrani does as good as he’s predicted to do. But overall, I have expectations for the team to get 1st in the NL Central.

Shin-Soo Choo was acquired over the winter by Cincinnati.  He has 20/20 capability, along with a Career 3 Slash Line of .289/.381/.847.  Will he be the guy to bring them over the top in the Post Season this year?

Shin-Soo Choo was acquired over the winter by Cincinnati. He has 20/20 capability, along with a Career 3 Slash Line of .289/.381/.847. Will he be the guy to bring them over the top in the Post Season this year?  As a guy with one year remaining before he is eligible for Free Agency, it could be a monster year for the 30 Year old from South Korea.  He will be a welcomed addition to the top spot in the order, where the Reds have been near the bottom of the Majors for production.

*** The views and opinions expressed in this report are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of mlbreports.com or their partners.***

A big thank-you goes out to our ‘MLB Reports Kids Writer’ Jason Alpert-Wisnia for preparing today’s featured article.  Jason is the son of our Boston Red Sox Author Saul Wisnia.  He is 12 years old and loves the Red Sox too.  His dad tells him routinely that he has been spoiled as a Boston fan ( 2 World Series before the age of 7).  He has designed, performed the layout and edited his own written work at his personal website http://baseballpinchhitter.blogspot.com/ .

Jason is the 2nd kids writer for us at the MLB Reports (1st is Haley Smilow).  You can find everything he posts on the MLB Reports on a page we call ‘JAWS Of Wisnia’ here   Jason likes the nickname of ‘JAWS’ because his initials are JAW.  Feel free to comment on all of his work (especially positive ones) or leave a comment for his dad to pass on to him via Twitter

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About saulwizz

I've been a member of Red Sox Nation since long before the term was coined, and currently work 300 yards from Yawkey Way. I've written for The Washington Post, Sports Illustrated, Boston Globe and Boston Herald, and have authored numerous books, including Fenway Park: The Centennial and For the Love of the Boston Red Sox. I'm currently working on Miracle at Fenway, an oral history of the 2004 Red Sox season, so if you have a story to share please shoot me an email.

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