Injuries and the recent changes on the big club have caused a bit of change to the top level roster.   Let’s look at roster movements and check in on a few pitchers from each of the teams. AAA Louisville Bats The Michael Lorenzen call up left an open spot in the pitching rotation.  That spot […]

Bryan Price entered the spring with two giant holes in his pitching rotation. Mat Latos and Alfredo Simon were traded away. Then Homer Bailey had offseason elbow surgery and was slow to return. Walt Jocketty gave the Reds six candidates to fill out the rotation: Left-handers Tony Cingrani, David Holmberg and Paul Maholm; right-handers Anthony […]

Discussing expectations for 2015, Brandon Phillips said, “Our goal coming to spring training is to win the World Series, and if we stay healthy and go out there and play small-ball and do the right things, I feel like we can achieve our goal as a team.” We know the Reds didn’t stay healthy in […]

Final R H E Cincinnati Reds  (7-10) 4 11 1 Chicago Cubs  (5-11) 8 11 1 W: Jackson (1-1) L: Cingrani (1-2) Box Score  |   Play-by-Play    |    Stats    |    Depth Chart    |    FanGraphs Win Probability Positives Devin Mesoraco had a good day at the plate. His second double of the game plated our first run. Its early, but if he keeps […]

Final R H E Cincinnati Reds  (2-5)  3  10  1 St. Louis Cardinals  (4-3)  5  9  0 W: Wacha (1-0)   L:  Cingrani (0-1) Box Score   |   Play-by-Play    |    Photos    |    Depth Chart    |    FanGraphs Win Probability The Good Brayan Peña had three hits. Ryan Ludwick had two hits. Nick Christiani pitched two shutout innings of relief. The Reds scored […]

Final R H E St. Louis Cardinals  (2-1)  7  11  1 Cincinnati Reds  (1-2)  6  10  0 W: L. Lynn (1-0)   L:  H. Bailey (0-1)  S: T. Rosenthal (2) Box Score   |   Play-by-Play    |    Stats    |    Depth Chart    |    FanGraphs Win Probability The Good Downtown Todd Frazier had a monster game, […]

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.

# Name (Age) G/GS IP ERA FIP’ WHIP BABIP HR/9 BB/9 K/9 WAR’
1 Mat Latos (25) 30/30 197.2 3.14 3.24 1.21 .301 0.5 2.5 8.2 4.2
2 Homer Bailey (27) 30/30 198.1 3.40 3.16 1.11 .291 0.8 2.1 8.8 3.9
3 Mike Leake (25) 30/30 190.2 3.21 3.97 1.22 .277 0.9 2.3 5.7 2.7
4 Bronson Arroyo (36) 30/30 192.1 3.56 3.99 1.13 .270 1.2 1.5 5.6 2.5
5 Tony Cingrani (23) 23/18 104.2 2.92 3.65 1.10 .241 1.2 3.7 10.3 1.9
6 Aroldis Chapman (25) 64 59.2 2.56 2.28 1.04 .287 1.1 3.9 15.8 1.7
7 Johnny Cueto (27) 10/10 53.2 3.02 3.41 1.08 .252 1.0 2.5 7.7 1.0
8 Sam LeCure (29) 59 57 2.84 3.18 1.21 .290 0.6 3.6 9.8 1.0
9 J.J. Hoover (25) 63 61 2.95 3.70 1.12 .245 0.9 3.5 9.3 0.9
10 Manny Parra (30) 51 41.2 3.46 3.02 1.25 .317 1.1 3.2 11.4 0.5
11 Alfredo Simon (32) 58 78 3.23 4.05 1.08 .243 0.9 2.4 6.8 0.4
12 Sean Marshall (30) 12 8 2.25 1.98 0.75 .211 0.0 2.3 10.1 0.2
13 Nick Christiani (25) 2 3 0.00 6.53 0.67 .000 0.0 6.0 3.0 0.1
14 Zach Duke (30) 9 5.2 1.59 3.39 0.71 .188 1.6 0.0 6.4 0.1
15 Justin Freeman (26) 1 1 18.00 11.61 2.00 .250 9.0 0.0 0.0 -0.1
16 Logan Ondrusek (28) 46 48 4.13 4.07 1.31 .284 1.3 3.0 7.7 -0.1
17 Greg Reynolds (27) 4/3 20.2 5.66 4.88 1.4 .307 1.3 1.3 3.5 -0.2
18 Jonathan Broxton (29) 34 30.2 4.11 4.60 1.27 .261 1.2 3.5 7.3 -0.4
19 Pedro Villarreal (25) 2/1 5.2 12.71 9.27 2.82 .429 6.4 4.8 6.4 -0.4
20 Curtis Partch (26) 13 21.1 6.75 7.83 1.55 .161 3.4 6.8 6.3 -0.7

All statistics above are from either Baseball-reference.com or Fangraphs.com.

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Games Played on 09/02/13

Minor League Player of the Day: Bakersfield RF Juan Duran: He went 3 for 3 with 3 HR (20) and a BB.

AAA

Louisville 7 – Indianapolis 5

Denis Phipps slugged a walk off Grand Slam HR with two outs in the bottom of the 9th to give the Bats the victory. Phipps went 2 for 5 with a HR. Mike Costanzo went 2 for 4 with a 2B and a BB. Mike Hessman went 1 for 3 with a 2B and 2 BB.

Yohan Pino got no decision as he went 4 IP and allowed 2 R on 6 H and 0 BB with 3 K. Nick Christiani added 1 IP of scoreless relief. Trevor Bell got the win allowing 1 R over 1 IP of relief.

The Bats completed the season with a 69 – 75 record in 3rd place in the International League West.

AA

Mobile 10 – Pensacola 1

Corey Wimberly went 1 for 2 with a BB. Devin Lohman and Juan Silverio each doubled.

Robert Stephenson got the loss as he went 1 IP and allowed 3 R on 3 H and 2 BB with 1 K. Parker Frazier added 3.1 IP of scoreless relief.

The Blue Wahoos completed the season with a 59 – 79 record in 5th place in the Southern League South.

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Games Played on 8/25/2013 Minor League Player of the Day: 35 year old Mike Hessman went 3-4 with 2 homers and drove in 5 runs with a walk. On the season, Hessman slashline is .240/.326/.496 and hit his 24th and 25th homers. AAA Louisville 8 – Indianapolis 4 Mike Hessman went 3-4 with 2 homers […]

Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle…. FINAL Cincinnati 4 Milwaukee 6 W: R. Wooten (2-0) L: A. Simon (5-4) S: J. Henderson (20) BOX SCORE POSITIVES –Brandon Phillips was 2-4 with a solo homer, two runs scored, and an RBI. Ryan Ludwick had two hits, a walk, and a run scored. Zack Cozart had a two-run […]

Games Played on 08/19/13 Minor League Player of the Day: Billings 2B Avain Rachal: He went 3 for 4 with a HR, a 2B, a BB, and a SB. AAA Rochester 7 – Louisville 0 Five different players singled to account for all of the Bat’s offense in the shut out. Chad Rogers got the […]

Games Played on 8/11/2013 Minor League Player of the Day: 21 year old Billings right hander, Jose Guzman, threw 5.1 innings of strong relief, allowing only an unearned run on 5 hits. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out 5. Guzman is having a roller coaster season for hte Mustangs either being very good […]