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Re: Cincinnati Reds Discussion
« Reply #1225 on: April 02, 2012, 12:05:39 PM »
Wow...

Joey Votto, Reds agree to 10 year extension

First baseman Joey Votto has agreed to a 10-year, $225 extension with the Cincinnati Reds, the USA Today reported Monday.

Earlier Monday, Votto declined to get into specifics when asked how close the two sides were to completing a deal.

"Ask Walt about that," Votto said, referring to general manager Walt Jocketty, after Monday's 2-1 loss to the Cleveland Indians.

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Re: Cincinnati Reds Discussion
« Reply #1226 on: April 02, 2012, 12:11:41 PM »
Wow is right!!!  I never thought the Reds could swing this kind of deal with Votto.  This deal is in the Pujols and Fielder neighborhood!
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Re: Cincinnati Reds Discussion
« Reply #1227 on: April 02, 2012, 04:08:36 PM »
We could have two streetcar lines for the price of one Votto!

Glad he is sticking around, though. Let's bring home a trophy!

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Re: Cincinnati Reds Discussion
« Reply #1228 on: April 02, 2012, 09:39:31 PM »
Where's the dough for Phillips?  Votto is their top player, but Phillips is #2.  I don't understand why the GM would say that an extension for Phillips would be done by Opening Day when he really meant Joey Votto.  They have treated Brandon with so little respect throughout this process of negotiation that its not even funny, even for guys that are making millions.

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Re: Cincinnati Reds Discussion
« Reply #1229 on: April 10, 2012, 06:51:03 AM »
Reds extend Brandon Phillips

Cincinnati Reds Gold Glover Brandon Phillips left the below tweet on his page earlier today, which could mean that his contract with the Reds is done.

Jim Bowden, the Reds former GM also tweeted the following quote from a “Reds source”…. “We have agreed in principal to a 6-year $72.5m deal with Brandon Phillips pending ownership approval”

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Re: Cincinnati Reds Discussion
« Reply #1230 on: April 10, 2012, 07:16:39 PM »
Win one, lose one, win one, lose two....

Oh the Reds...

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Re: Cincinnati Reds Discussion
« Reply #1231 on: April 19, 2012, 02:29:01 AM »
Man the Cardinals are just destroying the Reds. Awful display. The Reds has scored only 1 run in 6 of the 12 games so far. What the hell happened????

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Re: Cincinnati Reds Discussion
« Reply #1232 on: April 19, 2012, 03:36:39 AM »
This is a depressing start, exemplified by the fact that I got cable TV just to watch the Reds.  The bats will wake up at some point.  Hopefully they don't fall behind too far too quickly, though.  5 games back is a lot to be back already.

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Re: Cincinnati Reds Discussion
« Reply #1233 on: May 04, 2012, 04:18:27 AM »
Interesting trivia tidbit from yesterday's Reds/Cubs game:

It was the first time in major league history that both starters were celebrating a birthday, according to information provided by the Reds, citing the Elias Sports Bureau. Both pitchers signed baseballs for the Hall of Fame.
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Re: Cincinnati Reds Discussion
« Reply #1234 on: May 08, 2012, 01:47:20 AM »
The offense is finally starting to wake up, and it's hard to complain about the pitching at all at this point. 

Now, if Dusty would just bat Bruce 4th behind Votto.  I hate the stupid "have to break up the lefties" mentality.  They would both benefit from it. 

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« Reply #1235 on: May 08, 2012, 02:10:54 AM »
^ At least Dusty's leftie issues are shaping up elsewhere.  They sent Willie Harris to Louisville, finally, now that Miguel Cairo is back.  Harris was batting .086. 
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Re: Cincinnati Reds Discussion
« Reply #1236 on: May 09, 2012, 03:00:26 AM »
Yeah, I was pleasantly surprised that they did not ship Frazier down. 

They really need to do something about 3B and LF.  I hope that Heisey starts hitting--I have no faith in Ludwick--but perhaps Frazier playing out there would be good.  I'm very concerned about Rolen.  He's been a great player for a long time, but it may be the end of the line. 

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Re: Cincinnati Reds Discussion
« Reply #1237 on: May 10, 2012, 09:13:35 AM »
Wish the damn Cards would start losing.

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Re: Cincinnati Reds Discussion
« Reply #1238 on: May 10, 2012, 10:14:16 AM »
Well it's early. Just keep winning 2 of every 3 games.

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Re: Cincinnati Reds Discussion
« Reply #1239 on: May 14, 2012, 03:45:46 AM »
Joey Bats earning his big bucks.  3 HR's and 6 RBI's in yesterday's rain delayed game.  The first two home runs were solo shots.  And the last one was a walk-off grand-slam!  BOOM!
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« Reply #1240 on: May 14, 2012, 03:56:36 AM »
That was positively thrilling!

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« Reply #1241 on: May 14, 2012, 04:11:32 AM »
Joey Bats earning his big bucks.  3 HR's and 6 RBI's in yesterday's rain delayed game.  The first two home runs were solo shots.  And the last one was a walk-off grand-slam!  BOOM!

It was great.  (Psst....Joey Bats is the nickname for Jose Bautista in Toronto--I prefer Vottomatic....)

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Re: Cincinnati Reds Discussion
« Reply #1242 on: May 22, 2012, 07:27:28 AM »
Reds are on a mini-roll.  Winning the final two games of last weekend's series in Yankee Stadium.  And winning last night's game at GABP on four solo home runs - three of them hit back-to-back-to-back from Leake, Cozart and Stubbs (who hit another for 2 total in the game).

But did they have a better game then Caleb Lloyd?  Who's Caleb Lloyd?  He's the guy sitting in the left-field seats who caught two of the home run balls.  On back-to-back at-bats!  And then gave both of the balls away!

Here's the story from Yahoo Sports: Reds fan catches two home runs in same inning — and then gives both balls away
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So why did Lloyd give the baseballs up? And who did he give them to?
 
From MLB.com: "I gave the Cozart one to my buddy since his uncle got us the tickets," Lloyd said. "He was the reason I was here. The Leake ball, I gave it back, because I knew it was Leake's first Major League home run. I just want to meet him and shake his hand."
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Re: Cincinnati Reds Discussion
« Reply #1243 on: May 22, 2012, 08:26:41 AM »
Ha, that's awesome.

Yeah, the Reds are definitely on a roll. So glad they won the series with those damn Yankees. Now they're only half a game back, which could possibly turn into half a game up this evening.

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Re: Cincinnati Reds Discussion
« Reply #1244 on: May 24, 2012, 04:37:54 AM »
Five in a row!  The offense needs to pick it up, but the pitching has been lights out.  I'm going tonight, which means they will probably lose.  I think they've lost the first three games I've been to this year.  :(

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Re: Cincinnati Reds Discussion
« Reply #1245 on: May 24, 2012, 04:48:48 AM »
I am tired of having the Cards in first. It needs to change.

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Re: Cincinnati Reds Discussion
« Reply #1246 on: May 24, 2012, 05:20:15 AM »
Just give it a week, the reds play the Rockies and the Pirates
The cards play the Phillies, and the Braves.
 

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Re: Cincinnati Reds Discussion
« Reply #1247 on: May 25, 2012, 12:50:50 AM »
Well, thanks to the Phillies holding on (10-9) over the Cards, the Reds are back in first by a half game. 

Pitching has been great so far.  I'd like to see the team start hitting, and I think it's going to happen.  Playing Frazier and Heisey more is the right move; if Votto and Bruce get out of these slumps they are in, look out.  I am concerned about Phillips, though. 

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Re: Cincinnati Reds Discussion
« Reply #1248 on: May 25, 2012, 12:51:31 AM »
By the way, I was at the game last night.  Pretty good crowd--23,000--but I would like to have seen more.  It was great when Meso hit the grand slam, though. 

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Re: Cincinnati Reds Discussion
« Reply #1249 on: May 25, 2012, 06:01:59 AM »
I am not as worried about Phillips--It appears BP is making progress from the injury..I have faith in him getting back to his normal level

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Re: Cincinnati Reds Discussion
« Reply #1250 on: June 15, 2012, 10:01:42 AM »
Nice week for the Reds, sweeping the team from Cleveland.  I was on a business trip down south in Mississippi so only got to watch highlights, although MLB Network showed a big chunk of the Thursday game after spending 20 minutes talking about the Dusty Baker/Lowe incident.  The 9 point lead in the fifth inning was a pleasant surprise during lunch.

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Re: Cincinnati Reds Discussion
« Reply #1251 on: June 15, 2012, 02:11:18 PM »
The Reds are looking awesome right now. Hope they can keep it up!

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« Reply #1252 on: June 16, 2012, 04:05:42 PM »
One more to sweep the Mets, then we get to pick up our brooms for the Indians for the second time in as many weeks.

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Re: Cincinnati Reds Discussion
« Reply #1253 on: June 18, 2012, 04:16:31 AM »
The Reds are really rolling. 

• Sweep of the Indians at home.
• Followed by a sweep of Mets on the road. 
• Six-game winning streak. 
• 11 games above .500. 
• Votto batting .366 - leading the NL and MLB.

... MLB Network showed a big chunk of the Thursday game after spending 20 minutes talking about the Dusty Baker/Lowe incident. 
I was surprised to hear about this history/feud between Dusty Baker and Derek Lowe.  Was unaware of it before this.  But it does answer a question I've had.  I've always thought a sinkerball pitcher like Lowe would have been perfect for the Reds and GABP.  I always wondered why the Reds never tried to sign him.  Now we know why!

The Reds go up north for another three-game series with the Tribe.  And Monday's starter for the Tribe is ... Derek Lowe.  Could get interesting.
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« Reply #1254 on: June 18, 2012, 10:36:33 AM »
The Reds are playing well...it's good to see after a couple of tough losses, especially the last one against Detroit.   I honestly do not care who they beat as long as they win, although the divisional games are more valuable as a win is a guaranteed loss for a rival within the division.   So far the Pirates are a real anomaly in that they are still 3 games over .500 with a -22 run differential.   It concerns me that the Cardinals are +55, but that appears to be coming down.
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Re: Cincinnati Reds Discussion
« Reply #1255 on: June 18, 2012, 11:27:48 AM »
Guess who just hit a homer.

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« Reply #1256 on: June 19, 2012, 03:43:57 AM »
^Boy that's a toughie. Did he recently sign a 10-year contant extension?  He wasn't the only one though.  Votto and Bruce each blasted a solo shot for the Reds.  But unfortanately the Tribe blasted three of their own.  Despite the loss, it was a pretty entertaining game.  19 runs, 27 hits, 5 HR's and 5 lead changes


Speaking of home runs:  The amount of HR's Mat Latos is giving up is downright alarming.  Three in this game, 16 for the year and 11 in his last 6 starts.  This was my biggest concern about acquiring Latos.  How would he transition from San Diego's cavernous park - where fly balls get caught at the warning track - to the GABP bandbox - where those same fly balls become home runs. 

I hope Latos doesn't turn out like Eric Milton.  Remember Milton?  The Reds signed in him 2005 after a great year with Philadelphia in the relatively expansive Veterans Stadium.  At GABP Milton gave up 40 HR's and had an NL-high 6.47 ERA in 34 starts.  He never recovered and became an epic bust for the Reds.
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Re: Cincinnati Reds Discussion
« Reply #1257 on: June 20, 2012, 01:25:01 PM »
The tables have turned. I knew something bad would happen after Latos gave up those 7 runs.

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« Reply #1258 on: June 20, 2012, 02:13:23 PM »
Yeah - I thought they should have won the first two of the series, but Latos really needs to start pitching like a number 2 starter.   I think Bailey has been better than him this year, and that Milton comparison give me chills.  Also, Chapman better learn to get his slider over the plate and mix up pitches a little.  It's a good time to come home for a weekend series.
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Re: Cincinnati Reds Discussion
« Reply #1259 on: June 20, 2012, 04:53:46 PM »
Masterson + run support = you never had a chance.  All time series is now at 42 tribe 39 reds