Posted on June 7, 2013 by Jonathan C. Mitchell
On May 7th the Cincinnati Reds slugging right fielder Jay Bruce was hitting a paltry .246/.296/.345 with a single home run in more than 150 plate appearances. His unintentional walk rate (after subtracting the two plate appearances) was 5.3% and he was striking out in nearly one-third of his plate appearances. Needless to say, Bruce was not off to a good start.
Luck is not to be blamed for Bruce’s poor start due to his .370 BABIP which is well above his sub-.300 career mark coming into the season. Bruce seemed to be too aggressive at the plate, seeing 3.79 pitches per plate appearance.
Bruce’s power outage was likely due to his “all-field” approach. Usually, when a player starts using the entire field, the result is a better triple-slash. In Bruce’s case, it appeared to only give him a few more singles and a higher BABIP. Take a look at his spray chart from Opening Day to May 7th: (more…)
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Posted on February 20, 2013 by Daniel Marino
Dan Marino continues his trek through each division in the major leagues and giving you one player he thinks is the: Rookie to Watch, Breakthrough Player, The Party’s Over, Non-Roster Invitee Most Likely to Stick, and Just Not Seeing it.
Now, in part four of six, he brings you the National League Central:
Part 1: AL East Players to Watch.
Part 2: NL East Players to Watch.
Part 3: AL Central Players to Watch.
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Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Alfredo Simon, Billy Hamilton, Bobby Crosby, Brandon Inge, Brent Lillibridge, Brett Jackson, Carlos Gomez, Carlos Marmol, Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, Clint Hurdle, Ian Stewart, Jake Westbrook, Jameson Taillon, Jeff Locke, Jon Jay, Josh Vitters, Martin Maldonado, Mat Gamel, Matt Garza, Michael McKenry, Miguel Olivo, Mike Leake, Milwaukee Brewers, Oscar Taveras, Pittsburgh Pirates, Rafael Furcal, Rickie Weeks, Ryan Braun, Scooter Gennett, St. Louis Cardinals, Zack Cozart | 2 Comments »
Posted on January 4, 2013 by Andrew Martin
The Cincinnati Reds have had success cultivating young pitchers in recent years, with Aroldis Chapman, Homer Bailey and Johnny Cueto all making major contributions to the big league team. This bodes well for one of the Reds’ most recent draft picks, right-hander Dan Langfield.
Langfield was a high school star in Somerset, Massachusetts. He was part of the 2006 Somerset High School team that won the 2006 Division II State title. He peaked as a senior, going 5-2 with a 0.85 ERA. He struck out a ridiculous 118 batters in 57.1 innings, earning a scholarship to the University of Memphis. (more…)
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Posted on December 12, 2012 by Jonathan C. Mitchell
The Cleveland Indians, Cincinnati Reds, and Arizona Diamondbacks completed a three-way trade yesterday that sent Shin-Soo Choo to the Reds, Trevor Bauer, Drew Stubbs, and Bryan Shaw to the Indians, and Didi Gregorious to the Diamondbacks.
The key components of this trade were Choo, Bauer, Gregorious, and Stubbs, for obvious reasons. Choo is an All-Star caliber player, Bauer is a top pitching prospect, Gregorious was highly coveted by Kevin Towers, and Stubbs in a plus defender in center. But Bryan Shaw, who has been completely overlooked, may be a better part of this trade than many people realize. (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Arizona Diamondbacks, Bryan Shaw, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Trades | 2 Comments »
Posted on December 11, 2012 by johnczech
In an offseason that has saw the Tampa Bay Rays dump off frontline starters, Jeffery Loria selling anyone in a Miami Marlins jersey making any kind of money to the Toronto Blue Jays, the madness continued on Tuesday night.
According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Cleveland Indians, Cincinnati Reds and the Arizona Diamondbacks have completed a three team trade.
The Indians will acquire Trevor Bauer, Matt Albers and Bryan Shaw from the D-Backs and get Drew Stubbs from the Reds. The Reds receive Jason Donald and Shin-Soo Choo, and the Diamondbacks will get Tony Sipp, Didi Gregorius, and Lars Anderson. (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Arizona Diamondbacks, Bryan Shaw, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Didi Gregorius, Drew Stubbs, Jason Donald, Lars Anderson, Matt Albers, Shin-Soo Choo, Tony Sipp, Trades, Trevor Bauer | 1 Comment »
Posted on October 16, 2012 by Jonathan C. Mitchell
Last night’s NLCS game was full of action including a leadoff homerun, both pitchers hitting doubles, and the slide that no one would shut up about.
In case you missed it or did not hear about it, in the top of the first inning Matt Holliday slid well over the second base bag in an attempt to try and break up a potential double-play. During his slide he took Giants infielder Marco Scutaro out at the knees and then Twitter and Giants fans everywhere blew up. (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Bruce Bochy, Cincinnati Reds, Hunter Pence, Joe Morgan, Marco Scutaro, Matt Holliday, MLB Playoffs, NLCS, Oakland A's, Oakland Athletics, Playoffs, San Francisco Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, Will Rhymes, World Series | 8 Comments »
Posted on October 12, 2012 by Andrew Martin
With the focus in baseball being on the fantastic matchups being waged in the playoffs, the intense debate about the end-of-season awards has been tempered for the time being. It’s a temporary lull that will heat up again once the announcement of the award winners near, as many will try to get in their opinions in the form of parting shots, in the attempt to support the various candidates. There have been some truly incredible performances this season, and there are literally no categories without multiple candidates having legitimate chances to have their name drawn from the proverbial envelope. That being said, here are my picks for the 2012 baseball awards. (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Arizona Diamondbacks, Bob Melvin, Buster Posey, Cincinnati Reds, Cy Young Award, Detroit Tigers, Dusty Baker, Justin Verlander, Los Angeles Angels, Manager of the Year, Mike Trout, MVP, New York Mets, Oakland A's, Oakland Athletics, R.A. Dickey, Rookie of the Year, San Francisco Giants, Wade Miley | 6 Comments »
Posted on October 9, 2012 by Jonathan C. Mitchell
The 2012 American League Cy Young Award was really only a race between two pitchers but the National League Cy Young Award will likely have up to five different names listed at the top of voter’s ballots.
The National League Cy Young Award race is one that went down to the wire and an argument can be made for multiple pitchers. But, for this voter, there is one pitcher who rose above the rest and his stats clearly dictate that he should be hoisting hardware his excellence in the 2012 season and that pitcher is Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw. (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Atlanta Braves, BBA, Cincinnati Reds, Clayton Kershaw, Craig Kimbrel, Cy Young Award, Gio Gonzalez, Johnny Cueto, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, R.A. Dickey, Walter Johnson Award, Washington Nationals | Leave a Comment »
Posted on September 24, 2012 by Andrew Martin
With the regular season winding down there are few playoff spots or post season awards that have been definitively decided. One of the most interesting sprints to the finish is that of the National League Cy Young Award. There are two relievers very much in the hunt for the award, but the top starting pitcher candidates are not as easy to sort out. News that Clayton Kershaw may miss the final few weeks means that the starting pitcher candidates are likely down to three; Gio Gonzalez (Washington Nationals), R.A. Dickey (New York Mets), and Johnny Cueto (Cincinnati Reds). Closely examining the body of work for each shows who is best NL starting pitcher Cy Young hopeful. (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Cincinnati Reds, Clayton Kershaw, Cy Young Award, Gio Gonzalez, Johnny Cueto, New York Mets, R.A. Dickey, Washington Nationals | Leave a Comment »
Posted on April 30, 2012 by Andrew Martin
Particularly in the earlier days of the game, baseball had a well-earned reputation for hard drinking and living players. Because the players often socially mingled with the press, and because the writers depended on access to teams to sell their papers, the vast majority of the more salacious happenings failed to make it to the public. Even so, catcher Rollie Hemsley, whose drunken exploits while a major leaguer in the 1930’s were so ridiculous and legendary, that everyone knew about his reputation. His story has a happy ending however, as Hemsley was able to persevere and beating his drinking problem, and along the way became a major reason for the international explosion of Alcoholics Anonymous. (more…)
Filed under: Baseball History | Tagged: AA, Alchoholics Anonymous, Bob Feller, Bob Gil, Bob Wilson, Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Cy Slapnicka, Dr. Bob Smith, Ossie Vitt, Pittsburgh Pirates, Rogers Hornsby, Rollie Hemsley, St. Louis Browns | Leave a Comment »