I get really irked with the way Dusty chooses to call out his players
"This club here (the Phillies), you can’t give them any extra outs or make mistakes," Baker said. "You’ve got to play perfect baseball. They’ve got a lineup that’s unbelievable -- speed and power at the top, power in the middle. (Dickerson) was spectating and not backing up. When that ball’s hit out there, everybody’s got to move. Roenicke was late getting to the bag. That cost us three runs."
What about the way Taveras grossly misplayed the ball off the wall? He did the same thing a few days ago if I remember it correctly and Carlos Ruiz got a triple out of it. I have never heard Dusty say anything to single out the singularly awful way that Taveras has played baseball these past 3 months.
I'm ok with calling out Roenicke on that non-cover. I understand that Dickerson should have been backing up on the play. But Taveras misplayed the ball too. And what about Hernandez' passed ball? And the way the entire offense has been sucking hind tit outside of Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips? It seems to me that Dusty has his favorites and he will never say a word to disparage them. Same thing happened with Corey Patterson last year. Do you remember a time when Dusty said anything bad about him?
Jay Bruce had the whole day off yesterday to clear his head
"It's learning, especially since never in my life have I struggled with anything and in the long run it is going to help me," Bruce added. "From time to time, it's ugly. But it is all about making adjustments and learning what it takes to be successful. I'm still very confident in my ability."
The Fay chimes in on the Garrett Atkins rumor
Seems like the Rockies called the Reds to see if they were interested him. Fay sites two reasons why they arent: a) Atkins is owed $3.4 million for the rest of the year; b) he plays first or third. He also says the Reds have the depth in the bullpen to deal a reliever, but Nick Masset isnt that guy.
The Toronto Sun says the Reds have talked about Scott Rolen
who is significantly better than trashcan Garrett Atkins. Rolen would be an upgrade over Edwin Encarncion at 3B, but would come at a significant cost. He makes $11 mil this year and next. You would have to think that any deal to get Rolen would likely include EdE and prospects. Walt had Rolen on his champion Cardinals team back in '06.
Bow down to our new robot overlords!
We're not far from being able to track everything that happens on a baseball field. Now the real issue is, what matters and what doesn't? (watch the video on the lower left side of the page to get a demonstration)
Doug at RML continues his look at Reds rookie pitchers with Pitch F/X
today is Matty Maloney. He has excellent control of that changeup.
Baseball America lists their top 25 prospects at the season's midway point
and Yonder Alonso comes in at #15, even though he's missed significant time to injury. I like this.
As has been said a few times around here, Kip Wells signed to a minor league deal and is with Louisville
the Reds just made it official yesterday. This could be a precursor to trading a bullpen arm. My list of most-likely to be traded relievers: David Weathers or Josh Roenicke.
Chad at RLN thinks Corey Patterson would be a better alternative to Willy Taveras
man, I have a headache.
Beyond the Box Score was featured in the Wall Street Journal
That's pretty cool.