- Extending Cordero an option
As has been discussed plenty around here, the Reds hold a $12M option for Francisco Cordero next year with a $1M buyout. The team is almost certain to reject it, seeing that Cordero would not fetch that kind of price in a crowded closer's market this winter. But according to Walt Jocketty, the two sides have discussed a contract extension "quite a bit. We haven't made a final decision. Hopefully, we'll address before the end of the season." No word on the length of an extension, or the numbers. Stay tuned.
- Baker balks at bloggers' bellyachings
There are few managers as likable as Dusty Baker when the going is good, but darker times bring out his ornery side. When asked by Fay about whether Mesoraco would catch Volquez on Sunday, Baker wanted to know who's driving the questions: "I get so tired of everyone wanting to know my lineup before I even print it. This coming from you, John, or is this coming from bloggers?" Does it matter?
The Reds start their final homestand of 2011 tonight
It's been a disappointment on the field, but even with a sluggish economy the Reds have drawn respectably. The team has averaged about 27,500 per game, their best since 2004. That's well behind Chicago, St. Louis and Milwaukee, but also ahead of Houston and the resurgent Pirates. Their per game increase of 1,747 is among the best in baseball, behind only the two 2010 pennant winners, Milwaukee, and three other clubs that had more room for improvement (Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Toronto).
- Still looking for the first win
Dontrelle Willis takes the hill tonight against the Cubs. He's made 11 mostly cromulent starts, walking too many but also keeping the ball in the park and generating a decent number of groundouts and strikeouts. He'll match up against Rodrigio Lopez, who the Reds saw just last week in L'affaire LaHair.
Dragons Fall 4-3 in Playoff Eliminator
The season is unfortunately over for the Dayton Dragons after dropping Games 2 and 3 of the league's quarterfinals to Lansing over the weekend. They lost the deciding game 4-3 on Saturday. Billy Hamilton went 3 for 4, and Tucker Barnhart and Theo Bowe chipped in with two hits. Kyle Lotzkar got the loss, allowing four runs (three earned) in five innings. He struck out six but walked five and allowed a home run.
Rockin' Redlegs is back to school
And has drawn up a syllabus for Redlegs U. Though I'm not sure if Bronson will be invited back, after repeatedly giggling at convocation whenever "cum laude" was uttered.
BtB - My Hopes and Fears for ESPN's Numbers Never* Lie
Apparently ESPN debuts a new stats-based show today. I don't know who the hosts are, but I'm not holding out much hope that the show advances the dialogue. To paraphrase Vin Scully and probably several others, "statistics are used much like a drunk uses a lamp post: for support, not illumination."
Hal must have rented High Fidelity last week, because he's making Top 5 lists like they're going out of style
Here are his Top 5 reasons for optimism in 2012. This list is a bit more interesting - Hal's top five toughest interviews. Who knew Joe Morgan had such a temper! Hal probably should've tried an interview in the steam room.