by Brian Dill
Posted In: baseball
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Clubs sits in second place at 11-11 after slow start
Maybe what Joey Votto said after the Reds' latest victory
rings true: “I think a losing record early in the year can be a good
thing."The Reds have reeled off three straight series wins and a
fourth is not out of the question as the last-place Cubs come to the Queen
City. Votto ended a homerless streak in game three versus the Astros and drove
in four runs as the Reds came from behind to clinch a 6-5 win. The Reds have won seven of their last 10 games and face three division foes in their next
three series’.After the Cubs, the Reds travel to Pittsburgh and Milwaukee,
the two teams nipping at the Redlegs (pun absolutely intended). Series
victories can put some distance between the Reds and their division rivals and
with some outside help could even see the Reds jump over the Cardinals for
first. Jay Bruce has been paramount in the Reds' recent run, as he has
hit a home run in four straight games and leads the Reds in nearly every
offensive category.The hot bat of Bruce along with continued solid performances
from Votto, Zack Cozart and a recently more effective Drew Stubbs are a must.
Now the tail end of the Reds' starting rotation has to bust out of their slump —
Homer Bailey and Mike Leake have a combined record of 1-5. The two can start a positive trend against an
inept Cubs offense sans shortstop Starlin Castro (.333).Look for the Reds to win six out of their next nine and keep
in touch with St. Louis before a huge series with a surprisingly good
by Jac Kern
Happy May Day! The holiday has various meanings
across cultures with Christian, pagan and labor-related celebrations. Today in
the U.S., the holiday is widely known as International Workers’ Day and
observed by labor unions. The local Occupy movement will celebrate this
tradition by demonstrating to raise awareness about the importance of increasing
the minimum wage. Meet at Senator Rob Portman’s office (36 E. Seventh St.,
Downtown) from 4-5:30 p.m. today to show your support and learn more about
the various benefits of fair living wages.
The Reds take on the Cubs at 7 p.m. tonight in
the first of three games against the Chicago crew. Bronson Arroyo looks to
continue his strong performance against the last-placed Cubs. Find
last-minute tickets here.
Antonelli College hosts a free seminar tonight
featuring tips on getting the most out of social media. Learn secrets from the
pros as a panel discusses simple ideas and insider tricks on benefiting from
Facebook, Twitter and other social media services. The discussion runs 6-7:30
p.m. at the West Chester campus.
The Cincinnati Metropolitan Orchestra teams up
with the College of Mount St. Joseph tonight for a special concert, Simple
Gifts. Students will perform a variety of work, including "Porgi Amor," "O Mio
Babbino Caro," "Fanfare for the Common Man" and "Variations on a Shaker Melody." The
free concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at Mount St. Joe.The infamous Second City comedy troupe returns to Cincinnati this week with more locally-inspired sketches. Catch a preview show of Less Pride...More Pork tonight at Playhouse in the Park and be sure to bring your sense of humor — remember, they're laughing with us. Also at the playhouse tonight, one of our Critic's Picks, Thunder Knocking on the Door.
And since it is May Day, stop by the Northside bar of the
for trivia night. Round one begins at 9 p.m.; the second starts at 11 p.m.
by Brian Dill
Posted In: baseball
at 09:33 AM | Permalink
Team sits in second place despite anemic offense
With all the talent the Reds have on their roster the bats
just aren’t blazing like we all suspected they would. The Reds rank 27th or lower in four major offensive categories, including runs scored — a woeful
31 runs in 10 games. Luckily for the Reds, outside their current opponent — St.
Louis — nobody in the division can win games, either. The Reds sit in second
place along with Houston and Milwaukee. The one thing Dusty’s boys can’t afford is to
continue with the Drew Stubbs special — swinging and missing. If the Cardinals
sweep the Reds — which is looking probable — then they would be six games back,
not insurmountable but far from ideal.A healthy Brandon Phillips will go a long way in getting
putting runs on the board. Wilson Valdez and Willie Harris did a commendable
job in their time replacing Phillips, but any extended absence from Phillips
results in a significant drop in offensive production. In addition to Phillips
recovering from a hamstring injury, much of the starting lineup will have to
overcome a plague-like slump. Jay Bruce, Ryan Ludwick, Devin Mesoraco, Ryan
Hanigan, Drew Stubbs and Scott Rolen are all hitting .205 or worse. Production
from the cleanup spot is hurting badly; Rolen has no dingers and only two
extra-base hits. Joey Votto and Zack Cozart — the only to hitting worth a damn — need production behind them if the reds are going to reverse their current
run scoring trend.The Reds have Bronson Arroyo taking the hill tonight against
the only St. Louis starter without a win this year, Adam Wainwright (0-2.)
Wainwright enters the game with an 11.42 era, if the Reds can’t stop their
anemic offensive output against Wainwright it may be a long next couple of
0 Comments · Tuesday, January 24, 2012
For many years around here we’ve been
told to be patient, and now, seemingly out of nowhere, this team is no
longer patient. This team is going to win — this year and next. After
that, Joey Votto’s gone and who knows what happens.
The Cincinnati Reds look to repeat as Central Division champs
0 Comments · Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Cincinnati sports fans are justifiably skeptical of their teams’ yearly promises of greatness. Our recent sports history has left many with a “believe it when we see it” philosophy when it comes to local teams’ on-field success. But when Jay Bruce’s rocket-laser walk-off home run against the Astros on Sept. 28, 2010, caromed off the batter’s-eye pavilion in center field, Great American Ball Park exploded into the greatest celebration in its short history.
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Most people don't remember the dude from high school who drove a Volkswagen. Why would you? He's probably right now sleeping in someone's front yard adjacent to the site of his most recent driving accident. The AP reported today that the new leader of the German automaker will soon enter discussions with NASCAR about entering one of its dangerous little cars into a race.
0 Comments · Wednesday, September 29, 2010
The Cincinnati Reds today probably won their first Central Division championship since 1995 when the St. Louis Cardinals lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates and/or the Reds defeated the Houston Astros. Should this not have occurred, it is expected to happen the following day or the next. Barry Larkin is my favorite player.
0 Comments · Tuesday, September 14, 2010
The Cincinnati Reds today honored Hit King Pete Rose on the 25th anniversary of his record-breaking 4,192nd hit, only the second time Rose has participated in an on-field activity here since his lifetime banishment in 1989 for betting on baseball. Rose afterwards attended a roast in his honor, during which he gave an emotional speech and was subsequently reinstated to Major League Baseball.
0 Comments · Wednesday, July 28, 2010
The Reds' cap is No. 2 in a national ranking of gang-affiliated hats, which was reported today by an assumedly well-connected Web site called complex.com. The cap, which is red with a wishbone white "C" on it, is said to be repped by Chicago’s 4 Corner Hustlers, who add a "4" and a "H" to it, and Los Angeles' Bloods, who reportedly rock them strait out da box.
Why Reds players put time into choosing their 'walk-up music' at Great American Ballpark
0 Comments · Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Reds outfielder Jonny Gomes' entrance to the plate at Great American Ballpark is much like you'd expect: hard guitars, harder drums and completely lacking in subtlety or artistry. "Burn It to the Ground" by Nickelback plays as he walks to the plate and, sure, Nickelback sucks, but they put butts in seats and so do home runs.