Reds vs. Astros: Eyewitness Report

This was the last game of my little trip.  The highlights:

  • The story of the game: Aaron Harang and Homer Bailey look much, much better than last year.  I don't think anyone needs another confirmation of this, but yes, Aaron Harang looks much thinner than last year.  It's noticable.
  • Harang was spotting his fastball for called strikes all over the place, and I could tell his breaking stuff was working, even sitting on the 3rd base line.
  • And, after seeing Homer pitch his two innings, I'm starting to get anxious about this rotation.  Notice that when I say that, I say "rotation", because if he keeps pitching like that, I think he's forcing their hand to put him in the rotation.  They told him going in to ST that he had to earn his rotation spot, and well, he's getting it done.  He gave up a few hits, but unlike he would have last season, he stayed calm, buckled down, and made pitches to get out of it.
  • That being said, his line wouldn't have been nearly as great as it was without a fantastic diving catch in RF by Jonny Gomes.  I think watching him the last 4 days has really gone to confirm the fact that I think he's still the favorite for the last bench spot.  Dusty seems to be auditioning all of his backup OFers for 1B spots to back up Votto if needed (Exhibit A: Jacque Jones played a few innings there today), and Gomes showed the other day that he can handle it if needed.  He's hitting, he's playing D, he's hustling, he's on the team.
  • Another guy who I think has to head north is Chris Dickerson.  This guy keeps hitting, and keeps stealing bases, and is another guy with the attitude you want out of a major league ballplayer.  How they'll be used is anybody's guess at this point, but I think they both go north.
  • Does that mean Hopper is the odd man out here?  I don't think he's done much to help his cause so far, even with a hit today.
  • Arthur Rhodes looked pretty darn masterful on the mound.  The first two hitters he faced both struck out on 3 pitches.  Glad to see him and Weathers bouncing back from rough outings in the early spring in the last few days.  Cordero, you're up next.
  • Burton looked meh, and Roenicke looked good.
  • Oh yeah, and Laynce Nix hit a shot over the wall in CF in the 8th.  He's yet another guy who really really wants to make this team.  Will there be enough spots for all these guys?  Whoever said it yesterday said it best, we're going to have a tough AAA team this season (and hell, AA too).
  • Darnell McDonald was 2-for-2 with a SB.  I don't think there will be room for him out of spring training, but he keeps sounding like the type of guy to get a midseason callup after hitting somewhere in the .330s in the IL this year.
  • Francisco looks pretty good playing D at 3B.  Janish looked better.  If he could hit, his defense is good enough to play anywhere in the infield.

Pics of the day are after the jump.

Img_1228_medium

Roar.


 

Img_1223_medium

Daryle Ward batting.


 

Img_1221_medium

Harang throwing a pitch.

 

 

Img_1229_medium

Homer getting it done.

 

Img_1232_medium

Jonny Gomes.

 

Img_1233_medium

Roenicke throwing heat.

 

Img_1226_medium

These girls were walking around the concourse, so I got a pic.  This one's for you, Madville.

 

 

Img_1234_medium

And this one belongs to the Reds!


Img_1227_medium

Name that Red!

 

 

 

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Red Reporter

You must be a member of Red Reporter to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Red Reporter. You should read them.

Join Red Reporter

You must be a member of Red Reporter to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Red Reporter. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker