03/05/2005

The arms

Aaron Harang and Brandon Claussen each threw two scoreless innings yesterday. That’s a good thing, especially since they are among five pitchers vying for the last two spots in the rotation (the other three are going to be Paul Wilson, Eric Milton, and Ramon Ortiz).

John Fay breaks down the competition here.

I can’t imagine that Harang won’t make the rotation. At times, he was very good last year, so he has to do something pretty bad to get eliminated from the rotation to start the season, in my opinion. That leaves Claussen fighting with Luke Hudson, Josh Hancock, and Jeriome Robertson for the fifth spot.

First, someone needs to explain why Robertson is even in camp, much less competing for a spot in the rotation. Hudson and Hancock are intriguing, especially Hudson with that fastball, but you’ve got to think Claussen has the inside track. He’s the one that was tagged long ago with the “prospect” label, and you’d think they’re going to give him every chance to stick.

Out of that group, Harang and Claussen are probably the best choices. We’ll see if the Reds agree.

Blame Chad for creating this mess.

Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, “The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds” is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad’s musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine.

You can email Chad at chaddotson@redlegnation.com.

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  1. I think Hudson will make it. He is out of options, isn’t he? And he takes to long to get loosened up in the bullpen, that works in his favor. Plus he was great at the end of last year. I think he has the upper hand so far.

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About Chad Dotson

Blame Chad for creating this mess. Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, "The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds" is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad's musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine. You can email Chad at chaddotson@redlegnation.com.

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