It's a light day today after an off-day, but there is still good news in the air:
- What we all thought would happen has been confirmed: Joey Votto is with Reds and will be activated today.He's been on the DL since May 30, but will make his return in his hometown tonight. His return could not come soon enough. Since he went on the DL, the Reds have batted .217/.295/.340, averaging just 3.4 runs per game. Votto's not going to fix all of that, but his presence will hopefully take some pressure off of guys like Jay Bruce and Ramon Hernandez, hopefully making things easier for them as well.
- Speaking of the upcoming series against the Blue Jays, I answered some questions for Bluebird Banter about the Reds.
- Votto's return is well timed, especially because I can already see the Reds playoff chances slipping away.
- Then again, these guys think the Reds are close to being the class of the NL Central and should consider buying, if they can do it without mortgaging their future too much.
Justin has a Q&A on WAR and what it is good for. Absolutely something.
- Reds Minor Leagues previews the GCL Reds and Billings Mustang.
- Redleg Nation has some great pictures from the Carolina Mudcats game over the weekend.
- This is kinda late, but here is the Casual Fan’s Guide to the College World Series.