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Reds (Leake, Chapman) vs. Angels

Per Mark Sheldon. Reds lineup vs. Angels, our Opening Day opponent. The game is on now.

Choo DH
Hamilton 8
Votto 3
Ludwick 7
Bruce 9
Frazier 5
Cozart 6
Mesoraco 2
Rodriguez 4
Leake 1

Leake to throw three innings and Aroldis Chapman two. Not exactly sure how to describe Dusty Baker’s use of Leake and Chapman on the same day, with Leake pitching first. Five day rotation, blah, blah, blah. Doesn’t matter much, but Chapman should be starting.

42 thoughts on “Reds (Leake, Chapman) vs. Angels

  1. Fay has Bryan Price with this quote:

    “We need to find if Chapman can be a quality, top-of-the-rotation type pitcher,” Price said. “That’s the question. We know what we get with him as a closer. We’re testing the waters with him as a starter. It’s a fascinating question. . . Is that in best interests of our club (to use him as a starter)?”

    http://cincinnati.com/blogs/reds/2013/03/05/leake-chapman-both-pitching-today/

    (Leake saws off Pujols.)

    • Opposite field home run for Jay Bruce.

      This is a very good sign. It could be my imagination, but I remember Bruce, when he first broke in, using left center much more than he has recently.

  2. Jeff Brantley and can’t seem to stop raving about how much better Devin Mesoraco looks in all aspects of his game… compared to last season.

    • Jeff Brantley and can’t seem to stop raving about how much better Devin Mesoraco looks in all aspects of his game… compared to last season.

      And I said that BEFORE Mike Trout got caught stealing on a great throw by Mesoraco.

  3. The game is on tv on the Angels network. Its interesting sometimes to hear what other broadcasters have to say.

    • The game is on tv on the Angels network.Its interesting sometimes to hear what other broadcasters have to say.

      If you use the MLB At Bat app on a phone (like I’m doing now at work) it always gives you the option to listen to another team’s broadcast. It can indeed be interesting sometimes.

  4. Jeff Brantley says that Devin Mesoraco almost looks like a different player after all the improvements he’s made this spring. They just keep raving.

    It sounded like he spent the winter looking over every video of every at-bat he had all year. Interesting approach, and it looks like it might have paid off.

  5. Kendrick isn’t exactly the biggest homerun threat in that lineup… but oh well. It took Chapman one batter to have a worse day than Mike Leake.

  6. I sure enjoy the updates from you guys while I am at work. I check in from time to time to see how the game is going. Looks like Mesoraco this winter turned from a boy into a man. Every spring there is at least one player who has a jump-out-at-you spring training, and by all you guys’ accounts, it looks like this year it will be Mesoraco. It’s a great story.

  7. It’s nice when Dusty can avoid making controversial decisions (like Mesoraco vs Olivo) because of an impressive performance by a young guy. At least so far it seems like so far Dusty’s choice will be obvious.

    Mesoraco knew he’d have to compete for a catching job, but maybe he got the wrong idea… maybe he set his target to beat as Ryan Hanigan rather than Olivo.

    • Mesoraco knew he’d have to compete for a catching job, but maybe he got the wrong idea… maybe he set his target to beat as Ryan Hanigan rather than Olivo.

      Ha. Yep. Was thinking the same thing.

    • **It’s nice when Dusty can avoid making controversial decisions (like Mesoraco vs Olivo) because of an impressive performance by a young guy.** At least so far it seems like so far Dusty’s choice will be obvious.

      Mesoraco knew he’d have to compete for a catching job, but maybe he got the wrong idea… maybe he set his target to beat as Ryan Hanigan rather than Olivo.

      Said every Reds fan ever last season when Frazier had a .291/.339/.691 line in spring training, while leading the team in HRs, RBI, Runs, and Slugging…. and then he didn’t even make the major league roster while Cairo, Harris, and Valdez all did.

      Moral of the story? Just because it’s a clear and easy decision for almost all human beings in existence.. doesn’t mean it’ll end up being the decision Dusty will make.

    • …..
      Mesoraco knew he’d have to compete for a catching job, but maybe he got the wrong idea… maybe he set his target to beat as Ryan Hanigan rather than Olivo.

      Ha. Yep. Was thinking the same thing.

      It is early but I hope Meso can keep it up. Also I hope if he does he gets the chance to become the more equal of the two catchers because if he gets put back into the role he was in last year, the odds are he will backslide performance wise.

      I’ve been tough on Meso but I think it is emerging that he didn’t like the Mesoraco he was last year any more than some of us did. Hopefully the lessons have been learned and firmly imprinted in his mind.

  8. Jeff Brantley was disappointed to see Jay Bruce removed from the game after hitting two homeruns, but Jim Kelch told him not to become of the naysayers. Ha.

  9. Leake and Chapman are done, in comes Wilkin De La Rosa. Time for me to stop listening to the radio broadcast.

    Overall it was a good performance, albeit short, for both of them. And a great day for Bruce and Mesoraco.

  10. @ToddAlmighty: Not really a fair comparison, Mesoraco is a frontrunner trying to retain his job from a veteran with a minor league contract who has played worse.

    It’s harder for frontrunners to lose jobs in spring training than it is for newcomers to win them away. Last year Cairo was a frontrunner and Frazier was an outsider. This year Mesoraco and Jason Donald are frontrunners while Olivo and Izturis are outsiders trying to steal their jobs, and so far Mesoraco and Donald outperforming their competition has done nothing to put their jobs in jeopardy.

    I think if the frontrunner flat out wins the competition you an be sure he’ll get the roster spot.

  11. @ToddAlmighty: I think Henry Rodriguez is in the same spot this year as Todd Frazier was in a year ago. Henry Rodriguez is a challenger for a roster spot but he has little-to-no chance to win one from Frazier or Hannahan. Even if he does well he’ll get shipped back to AAA to play everyday – his only chance to make the team is if somebody gets hurt.

    Sometimes the frontrunner gets handed the job when he doesn’t deserve it, which can be controversial. Other times the frontrunner beats out the competition, which Mesoraco has done so far.

    • @ToddAlmighty: I think Henry Rodriguez is in the same spot this year as Todd Frazier was in a year ago.Henry Rodriguez is a challenger for a roster spot but he has little-to-no chance to win one from Frazier or Hannahan.Even if he does well he’ll get shipped back to AAA to play everyday – his only chance to make the team is if somebody gets hurt.

      Sometimes the frontrunner gets handed the job when he doesn’t deserve it, which can be controversial.Other times the frontrunner beats out the competition, which Mesoraco has done so far.

      I think what hurts Henry Rodriguez’s chances for a roster spot over Hannahan (veterany-ness aside) is defense. Rodriguez has 4 errors already in 31 innings of spring training, while Hannahan has the same career fielding percentage as Scott Rolen.

  12. My buddy just reminded me of how awful Leake was for the first 2 months of the season last year so I’m really glad he is pitching well even if he has to start the year in AAA. I’m now a fan of the Medlan plan where Chap starts the year in the bullpen to save his innings. If we can avoid another slow start from Latos and Ludwick being Ludwhiff in April and May I think this team could easily win 100 games. Glad Dusty was able to get Bruce going too.

  13. Unfortunately for the Halos, Josh Ravin and Chad Rogers will not be on the mound at GABP for the openeing series of 2013.

    Can someone help me or confirm what I think I saw? Did Leake not throw a single pitch for a ball in his 3 innings of work, 100% strikes? What a great pitching staff this can be in 2013, and that could be with either Leake or Chapman in the starting rotation and all their blue chip starters waiting in the minor league wings.

  14. @ToddAlmighty: And it’s not just his FLD% either. Hannahan has excellent range as well. He is top-notch defensively at the hot-corner. Rodriguez isn’t even close to being there yet defensively. That said if he works at it, I think he can be an adequate defender.

  15. I didn’t catch the game. . . Was Chapman working primarily with offspeed stuff or did he increase the proportion of fastballs from his last start? . . . Also, what was his fastball and slider velocity? . . .

  16. Josh Ravin dropped to an 0-3 record this spring and raised his ERA to 40.50. Yikes. I think he should pack his bags.

    The broadcasters mentioned a few times that the scoreboard wasn’t working to tell them balls or strikes – so they had to watch the umpire’s fingers – I’m not sure if they even mentioned his velocity. Thom B, in this postgame show, doesn’t even seem to have any info yet about what he was throwing.

    • Josh Ravin dropped to an 0-3 record this spring and raised his ERA to 40.50.Yikes.I think he should pack his bags.

      The broadcasters mentioned a few times that the scoreboard wasn’t working to tell them balls or strikes – so they had to watch the umpire’s fingers – I’m not sure if they even mentioned his velocity.Thom B, in this postgame show, doesn’t even seem to have any info yet about what he was throwing.

      I suppose we know he was throwing baseballs. . . We’ve got that going for us. However, given the attention that the Chapman Plan has garnered, I was thinking that basic information (what pitches he was working on, velocity, etc.) would be available.

    • http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130304&content_id=42247874&vkey=news_mlb&c_id=mlb MLB network just came out with their “power rankings”. I’m just going to assume they are headquartered in Colorado or Washington because they must be high.

      Seems like pretty reasonable rankings to me. Those rankings are pretty close to what Vegas odds are, who are pretty good at this stuff.

      My fellow Reds fans are severely underrating how lucky the 2012 squad was in the injury department. Basically the Reds had Votto’s injury (at a relatively opportune time) and nothing else. Ain’t gonna happen again.

      The Dodgers were basically the opposite side of the coin.

  17. @athensRed: Thom Brennaman hosted the weekly Tuesday call-in show thingy and he talked about those rankings. He was particularly annoyed by the #6 Dodgers and he said something about how if they were ranking teams based on money spent the Dodgers would belong at the top, but that they don’t otherwise. I don’t blame people for being optimistic about the Blue Jays, although I think the Reds will eventually surpass them in the rankings. I’m not sold on the Angels’ pitching.

    At least those power rankings show that the Cincinnati Reds (#7) are the team to beat in the NL Central, not the Cardinals (#12). That’s the important thing.

  18. @athensRed: I have been on quite a roll as a sports analyst the past couple of years, I must admit. I didn’t think the Ravens were good enough to win the Super Bowl. Wrongo. The year before, I didn’t think that the (NYC) Giants would either. Oopsies!

    But I don’t watch football that much, I definitely watch baseball. I was flabbergasted that the Giants (SF) won last year. I looked at their roster and thought “decent, not great”. I thought that about the Cardinals the year before. To be honest, I think I thought that about the Giants the year before that! It’s the same case with the Giants this season. I don’t see a great team. Nor do I measure a great team. I think they are being rated on past achievements that make everyone in the baseball business say “well the champs got to be close to the top of this list”, not current talent. I don’t think that the Giants are as good as the Reds, not this year or last year. I think they got hot at the right time and beat a bunch of superior teams. Either I am correct, or I will never concede that I am wrong.

  19. @Jared Wynne I actually called a Baltimore-SF super bowl after the Ravens curb stomped the Bengals in week 1, wish I would’ve put money on that. I also have absolutely no idea how the Giants won it all last year, they have some good pieces but on paper their lineup doesn’t compare with the Reds this season and neither does their rotation. Posey is their only position player that would be a lock to start for the Reds, Sandoval is arguable. I know they play in a huge park but Bruce hit as many homers as their starting outfield, c’mon.

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