Attending the now-annual RedsFest reinforces the fact that the Cincinnati Reds do a lot of things correctly.
It’s in a great venue, there are things for kids to do, and a perfect mix of current Reds and former Reds in attendance. The Reds, especially since Bob Castellini took over, do things like this the [...]
We love watching Aroldis Chapman’s slender frame walk through that bullpen door. You can judge the intensity of the passion by the wild applause that accompanies his run to the mound even when there isn’t free pizza at stake. There are nights if you squint hard enough at the “54″ on his chest, you’d [...]
For the Reds to play a best-of series in the 2013 playoffs, they’ll have to win the 2nd Annual National League Coin Toss game, otherwise known as the Wild Card game. There’s the obvious disadvantage to the non-division winners in this format. However, there is one wrinkle to this playoff game that makes its roster decisions unlike those made in other playoff series.
PLAYOFF ROSTER RULES
The playoff rules allow teams to set their 25-man roster for each round of the playoffs from their playoff roster pool. The Wild Card game is considered its own round. In the other rounds, teams will typically carry 4 starting pitchers. In the Wild Card game, you would not need to carry a full starting rotation. You may not carry as many relievers as you would in other rounds. This change would seem to make it an almost certainty that Billy Hamilton makes the Wild Card postseason roster. SI.com writer Joe Sheehan pointed out last year that it means that teams, which would normally have a few dead roster spots in a postseason series that go to starting pitchers just used or ones scheduled to be used, or perhaps slots for emergency backups in case of injury, could instead craft a bench on which every player has a specific role in winning one do-or-die game.
As I wrote last year, an organization’s postseason player pool is comprised of players who were on the 25-man roster or on the disabled, bereaved, suspended or miltary lists on August 31. For any player in this group who cannot play the post-season because of injury, the club can replace him with any player who was in the organization on August 31. Even players not on the 40-man roster can be added through this process, so long as they are added to the 40-man for the playoffs.
REDS PLAYOFF ROSTER ELIGIBILES
Those rules provide us with the following 31 players in the Reds playoff player pool:
– Starting Pitchers (7): Mat Latos, Homer Bailey, Bronson Arroyo, Mike Leake, Greg Reynolds, Johnny Cueto (DL), Tony Cingrani (DL)
– Relief Pitchers (10): Aroldis Chapman, Sam LeCure, J.J. Hoover, Manny Parra, Alfredo Simon, Logan Ondrusek, Zach Duke, Sean Marshall (DL), Jonathan Broxton (DL), and Nick Masset (DL)
– Starting Position Players (9): Ryan Hanigan, Devin Mesoraco, Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips, Zack Cozart, Todd Frazier, Ryan Ludwick, Sin-Shoo Choo, and Jay Bruce
– Bench Position Players (5): Cesar Izturis, Jack Hannahan, Chris Heisey, Xavier Paul, and Corky Miller (DL)
Of those 31 players, we know that Jonathan Broxton and Nick Masset are still on the disabled list and are not available to play in the playoffs. The Reds could substitute any player, including Billy Hamilton. The substituted player does not have to be a pitcher.
Continue reading 2013 Wild Card Roster Decisions
The Reds have pitched the 2013 season with 20 different arms (compared to just 17 last year.) Eight different pitchers have made at least one start this year while another 12 were used exclusively in relief appearances.
The table below summarizes the season’s statistics (through 8/17) for these 20 pitchers, ranked by WAR. Some items worth noting:
– After having five different starters make all but one start last year, the Reds still had 4 different pitchers make at least 30 starts this season.
– Looking at all MLB pitchers, Mat Latos and Homer Bailey rank 9th and 17th, respectively, in fWAR.
– The pitching staff is still very young.
– If you extrapolate LeCure’s and Hoover’s WAR out to the number of innings the starters threw, they’d have a WAR slightly better than Mike Leake.
– Adjusted for innings pitched, Aroldis Chapman has the best WAR on the team.
– Manny Parra has struck out more than 11 batters per nine innings, the highest rate of his career.
I think it is pretty clear that the pitchers on the playoff roster come from the top 12 on this list. As Steve posed yesterday, if the Reds go with 11 pitchers (in the NLDS/NLCS/WS rounds) there is a tough decision to be made about who is left off the roster.
||Mat Latos (25)
||Homer Bailey (27)
||Mike Leake (25)
||Bronson Arroyo (36)
||Tony Cingrani (23)
||Aroldis Chapman (25)
||Johnny Cueto (27)
||Sam LeCure (29)
||J.J. Hoover (25)
||Manny Parra (30)
||Alfredo Simon (32)
||Sean Marshall (30)
||Nick Christiani (25)
||Zach Duke (30)
||Justin Freeman (26)
||Logan Ondrusek (28)
||Greg Reynolds (27)
||Jonathan Broxton (29)
||Pedro Villarreal (25)
||Curtis Partch (26)
All statistics above are from either Baseball-reference.com or Fangraphs.com.
Continue reading Cincinnati Reds Pitching WAR
Question: Which major league teams haven’t made a trade in the past month or so?
Answer: The Colorado Rockies, Philadelphia Phillies and Cincinnati Reds.
One of those teams is not like the others. Colorado and Philadelphia are more than 15 games out of first place in their division. That means the complete list of [...]
Games Played on 8/22/2013
Minor League Player of the Day: Robert Stephenson allowed just one unearned run and struck out 8 over 5 innings despite not having location of his fastball. Details below and in the milb.com front page news story.
Louisville 5 – Toledo 2
Daniel Corcino was pulled in the 4th inning of a 1-1 tie game with two on and two out. The runners did not scored, and Corcino’s final line was just 1 run allowed on 4 hits but 5 walks with 3 strikeouts.
I’m a little surprised that Zach Duke (24.2 IP in 23 games, 19 H, 4 BB, 27 K) was not the reliever to get the call when Jonathan Broxton hit the DL this week. Duke got the last out of the 4th inning and went on to pitch 2 scoreless innings with a hit, a walk and two strikeouts. Pedro Villarreal added two scoreless innings in relief with no hits, one walk, and three strikeouts.
Mike Hessman (2-for-4) hit his 23rd homerun of the year and also doubled. Billy Hamilton (2-for-4) stole his 73rd base of the season and scored twice. Neftali Soto (2-for-4) doubled, scored a run, and knocked in a run. Henry Rodriguez (2-for-4) also had a pair of hits, and continued his torrid August (.403/.457/.444).
Huntsville 2 – Pensacola 1
In his second AA start, Robert Stephenson made milb.com front page news for not having his best stuff. Stephenson allowed only one unearned run on 5 hits and 3 walks while striking out 8.
“Actually, things weren’t going too well,” the 20-year-old right-hander said. “I didn’t have very good control over my fastball, I was all over the place with it. I got kind of lucky, having my curveball tonight, that kind of saved me. My catcher [Tucker Barnhart] did an outstanding job tonight, and without him, I would have given up a couple of runs.
“It’s a good learning experience, especially learning how to deal with adversity. I think it’s very important. I think it’s a positive. It’s nice to have success, but I think the struggles are where you learn a lot.”
The full article is definitely worth the read and mentions Stephenson’s goals of reaching the major league team next year.
Stephenson and Redleg Nation Spotlight Player Tucker Barnhart combined to gun down the only Huntsville base theft attempt. Barnhart (1-for-3, BB) and Mike Costanzo (1-for-3, BB) were the only Pensacola players to reach based more than once. Ryan LaMarre tripled in the 6th inning and scored on Costanzo’s single for the only Pensacola run.
Continue reading Down on the Farm
Let’s recap today’s titanic struggle….
FINAL Arizona 1 Cincinnati 2 W: M. Latos (13-4) L: E. De La Rosa (0-1) S: S. LeCure (1) BOX SCORE
POSITIVES –Mat Latos. Mat Freaking Latos. That was a great start. 8 innings, one run, six Ks, and no walks.
–Sam LeCure answered the call today against the [...]