Drew Stubbs is showing off some of that light-tower power he's always been fabled to possess
hitting 4 dingers so far in his 72 major league PAs. "I was doing the things I was asked to do (in the minors), get on base and score runs and that sort of stuff," said Stubbs. "I hit my share of doubles and for me home runs are icing on the cake. They've always been more of my game than I've shown this year."
Good news on the injury front
Jay Bruce and Ryan Hanigan will begin rehab stints today. Fay says Bruce should be back with the Reds sometime on the road trip, and Hanigan should be back in the lineup when he is eligible on Sept 9.
Aaron Harang is again the Reds nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award
He was also nominated in '07. He's a good guy.
RJ at FanGraphs is just as giddy as you are about Poz's new book "The Machine"
so he's breaking the team down with advanced metrics. He takes a look at the offense today (hint: they were better than this year's vintage). Joe Morgan was consistent.
The Reds called up Frank Viola to bolster the bullpen
after the rigors of last week. They dont have an off day for something like 2 weeks, so expect Viola to see some action. Dusty says they want to bring more guys up from Louisville, but with the AAA playoffs coming up they dont want to gut the team. Not that that hasnt happened already.
Will Carroll says the Reds have been reasonably cautious with Johnny Cueto
concerning his return from the DL and the mess he was in before that. I was on the fence about whether or not he should pitch at all again this season, but as long as they keep him on a reasonable pitch count (he threw 85 the other day) I'll be ok with it.
Tommy Bennett over at Beyond the Boxscore wonders if a grand all-encompassing value stat
is really a good thing for baseball and sabermetrics. Good read.