Our recent Cubs series provided our Opponent's Feed™ archives with some tasty info on the Reds that you may have missed if you were sequestered in Brenneland™ (a fully-owned subsidiary of Condescension Enterprises). These include another media lunchroom story, insight into Votto's current batting adjustments, and a pretty badass tattoo.
LET'S START OFF WITH THE TATTOO
It's on Cubs Manager Dale Sveum's right bicep. It is badass, and is likely good for +0.65 wRC per year.
CATCHER TURNS DROPPER
The Cubs TV broadcast team of Bob Brenly and Len Casper is a very good one...on the mic. It turns out that Bob Brenly was struggling with balancing a full-size cafeteria tray in the Reds Media Lunchroom, as there are allegedly only half the number of rails upon which to set your tray as you glide it along past not just the spectacular entrees, but also the glimmering Jell-o as it wiggles on eggshell-colored coffee saucers. In front of Bob Brenly in line was Hal McCoy, our veteran beat writer who, over time, has lost most of his vision and a fair chunk of his judgment over the last decade. Hal was about to drop his tray off this hazardous cafe parapet when Bob reached over to save the visually-impaired scribe's vittles from a tumble. On doing so, Bob dropped his own tray to the ground in a cacophonous clatter. Everyone gave Brenly a good-natured hard time about it. Secretly, tHom thought to himself, "Why in the WORLD would you go after the first tray?!?"
THE BEST REDS DEFENSE EVER?
The Wrigleyville pair also noted the incredible dfensive lineup that the Reds employed on Wednesday, May 2nd. As their compliments danced in my ears, I wondered to myself, "Is this the best defensive lineup the Reds have EVER fielded? Is it perhaps the best defensive lineup of all time? Dickcuss:
LF Chris Heisey
CF Drew Stubbs
RF Jay Bruce
3B Scott Rolen
SS Zack Cozart
1B Joey Votto
THEY LET US KNOW THAT THE REDS MADE A MINOR LEAGUE DEAL
LUDWICK LEFT OUT OF RIGHT
According to Bob Brenly, Ryan Ludwick plays the best RF defense at Wrigley Field of any visiting outfielder. Of note: He has not played RF in Wrigley Field as a Red.
ANY CHANCE WOULD YOU EVERS TINKER WITH VOTTO?
Brenley spotted that Votto is tinkering with his stance in order to get out of his .939 OPS "slump." Joey was barely moving his front foot during his first AB in the 5/2 game, then reverted back to a front foot timing step thereafter. "If I'm Joey Votto, I'm not changing a thing."
After this was noted, I was able to spot the major flaw in J.J. Hoover's delivery: He is not striding directly toward home plate. His front foot is landing somewhere new far too often when he throws. But me likey his stuff.