OMGReds wanted to get to a couple of Reds Winter Caravan stops this year, and heading to Athens – home of Ohio University, where former Red Frankie Baumholtz, 9-year MLB veteran Steve Swisher and Hall of Fame third baseman and Reds Killer Michael Jack Schmidt (.608 slugging percentage against the Reds was his best against any opponent … he had 55 homers in 630 at-bats vs. Cincinnati) once starred – was a no-brainer.
There was a Q&A with fans; biggest news to emerge from that is that Dusty sees Jay Bruce in the mix for leadoff hitter consideration. Wha? I was a little surprised that didn’t get more of a reaction from the crowd.
Shortly after the Q&A started, Chris Welsh seized the mic and told attendees to start forming the line for autographs. He discouraged fans – in the interest of moving things along – from posing for pictures while going through the line. This reds.com article said that “at most visits, the groups will take time to participate in question-and-answer sessions, pose for pictures and sign autographs.” (I had wanted to get a picture with Dusty for my wife’s grandmother who is a big Dusty fan, but Welsh was sitting next to Dusty and I was afraid he’d muster up the strength in his recently surgically repaired shoulder to reach over and slap me if I did, so I just stuck to autographs.) But I figure Athens was one of the visits with no photo opportunities, so that was definitely no biggie.
What did bother me – through no fault whatsoever of the Reds – was people around me in line a) asking where Homer Bailey was (the website CLEARLY stated all along that Bailey was only doing Saturday and Sunday on the Northern Tour) and b) going all Jay Cutler on the Cowboy and complaining that he wasn’t there. It was announced just before the others arrived that Brantley was under the weather and wouldn’t be able to attend. And I heard people bitching about not being able to get their Brantley stuff signed. THE POOR GUY (it turns out) HAD STREP THROAT! Have you ever had strep throat? The remedy is plenty of fluids and rest – not signing autographs and interacting with fans. And it’s highly contagious, so people should be glad he didn’t try to tough it out. Geez. Give the Cowboy a break, people.
Good time. Was I jealous when I saw that Joe Morgan was at the Air Force museum today? You betcherass. But then again, the fans who were in Dayton couldn’t go down the street after their Reds Caravan stop and have a beer at the Maplewood Inn like I could.
I always considered the Texas Rangers my favorite American League team; I lived in Dallas for 3 years when I was a kid and they don’t really have much history with the Reds nor have they ever really posed a threat to the Reds. One of those teams we don’t pay much attention to because they play in the other league. But are you like me and starting to get a little annoyed with “The Ryan Express” and his team after they got an ALMVP (.359/32/100) effort out of our buddy Josh Hamilton (No. 2 on last month’s ones that got away list), lured away Arthur Rhodes last week and then reportedly edged us out for the services of free-agent pitcher Brandon Webb, despite the fact that there was much buzz over the weekend about the Reds being a mystery NL Central suitor, the fact that Webb is from Kentucky and went to UK and his friendship with Reds pitching coach Bryan Price, who was Webb’s pitching coach in Arizona for five years.
What’s next? Are they going to try to steal away Homer Bailey, Sam LeCure, Jay Bruce, Drew Stubbs or any other players of ours who have Texas ties?
What about Webb? How bad did you want him? Guess the Reds have some money to spend but maybe not THAT much.
To clinch on Tuesday, the Reds will have to beat Wandy Rodriguez (or the Astros’ bullpen). While Wandy’s numbers at the surface – 7-7 with a 4.22 ERA in 19 starts – don’t make him a Reds Killer, he does enjoy striking out Reds. Rodriguez has 119 strikeouts in 106.2 innings against the Reds – by far his biggest total against any opponent. By comparison, he’s only struck out 73 against the Cardinals in 105.1 innings.
This season, the Reds have faced Wandy three times. On May 28 at GABP, they chased him in the 4th inning; he gave up 8 runs, all earned, on 8 hits (including 2 homers) and 2 walks and struck out 5 in 3 1/3 innings. On July 25 in Houston, he threw seven shutout innings, allowing just 1 hit and striking out 7 in the Astros’ 4-0 win. And just 11 days ago in Houston, Wandy struck out 10 (but also walked a season-high 6) in 6 innings, allowing 3 earned runs and 3 hits in Houston’s 5-3 win.
Wandy has won 8 of his past 10 decisions since starting the season 3-10. Also, his ERA on June 18 (when he was 3-10) was 6.09; now it’s 3.67. The guy enters Tuesday with a string of 12 consecutive quality starts, with 6 or more strikeouts in all but one of those and 9 or more Ks in 5 of them!
It was looking like 2010 might be a nightmare for him, but barring a disaster against the Reds or in his final start of the season, he’ll finish with a sub-4 ERA for the third consecutive season, which is pretty impressive.
Did it seem like Troy Tulowitzki hit twice as many home runs as the entire Reds team in that four-game nightmare in Colorado? That’s because he did. He hit four in the series; the Reds hit two (one by Gomes on Tuesday and one by Stubbs on Thursday).
So now Tulowitzki has as many home runs (5) in 75 career at-bats against the Reds as he does in 246 career at-bats against the Dodgers.
Not easy to find a silver lining in a 12-0 loss at home. But on Tuesday the Reds kept a Reds Killer from what would’ve been an impressive and fairly rare achievement.
When he stepped to the plate in the 9th, Reds Killer Rafael Furcal was one hit shy of a 6-hit night (in a 9-inning game) – a feat only accomplished four times in the National League in the past decade (and I believe this would’ve been the first one in the Majors so far this season). But it was Jordan Smith (who – wearing No. 62 – is sandwiched between Bronson Arroyo and our main man Sam LeCure) – in his Major League Debut – who kept Furcal from notching the elusive sixth hit of the game.
Furcal did, however, go 5-for-6 to improve his career average against the Reds to .346 in 263 at-bats. Ouch. That’s his best against any NL opponent.
Manny Ramirez spent a long time in the American League but he’s done his best to become a Reds Killer in just 86 at-bats against us. After Tuesday’s 3-for-4 effort, Manny is now hitting .430 in his career against the Reds. Eleven of his 37 hits against the Reds have been home runs.
Not to be outdone is first baseman James Loney, who went 4-for-5 Tuesday to raise his career average against the Reds to .415 (34-for-82).
So our offense goes to sleep against a guy who entered Sunday’s game with an 0-7 record and 5.08 ERA. After listening to the first part of the game on the radio, I blame our beloved Hall of Fame broadcaster Marty Brennaman. Somebody must’ve tipped off Felipe Paulino that Marty was disrespecting him by repeatedly calling him Ronny Paulino. To review, Ronny is a catcher for the Marlins (and former Bucco). Felipe is the guy who surrendered just four hits in eight scoreless innings.
And it had to be Berkman, right? Even when the biggest Reds Killer (next to Oswalt and Pujols) is only hitting .234, he has to be the guy to beat us.
One other random thought: Won’t it be a shame if run support is what keeps Mike Leake (assuming the mighty Jason Heyward slows down, of course … settle down, Braves fans) from winning the NLROY? They’ll give it to Heyward anyway if Leake only ends up 7-1 with a 2.45 ERA and 35 quality starts! Can we PLEASE put up 11 or 15 runs for this guy?
Last thing: Seg Dennison is great, but he’s the latest 700 WLW personality who refuses to acknowledge that the Reds have experienced ANY success since 1990. Kept talking about how this Reds team (and the way it has started this season) is responsible for the most excitement the Reds have generated since the 1990 squad. Not quite as egregious as Scott Sloan saying the Reds have been REALLY BAD for 20 years, but … we still won a playoff series against the Dodgers in ’95, didn’t we?
… to celebrate the fact that the Reds Killer was held without a hit today by Bronson Arroyo (and actually only had two hits in the entire three-game series, though one was a homer) and to celebrate that he’s leaving town and we don’t have to face him again for 15 entire days.
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He actually turned 30 on Saturday, but if you look at his filthy numbers, it’s hard to believe he’s only 30. He has more home runs at 30 than Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Babe Ruth or Barry Bonds had. And he shows no signs of slowing down at all (he had 700 plate appearances last season, which matches his career high).
Why do we bring this up? (Last I checked this isn’t OMGCardinals.com.) Well, because he’s just about the biggest Reds Killer around. Pujols has hit exactly 40 home runs against three different teams: the Cubs, the Pirates and the Reds. His 118 RBIs against the Reds are his second most (to the Pirates – 122) against any team. His 127 runs scored against the Reds are his most against any team. And the Reds have struck Albert out a lot less (only 37 times) than any other team in the NL Central.
Against National League teams, he’s only got a higher batting average (.373) against Pittsburgh. He’s hitting .361 in 623 career at-bats against the Reds. That’s more at-bats than he’s ever had in a season (because he walks a ton) but it’s better than he’s ever batted in a season (he hit .359 in 2003 and .357 in 2008).
In 2009, we did a little better against Albert. He only hit .310 against us (though his 5 home runs and 16 RBIs against the Reds were both tied – again with the Pirates – for his most against any team).
BTW, According to Yahoo, he’s 16-for-49 (.327) against Arroyo, 3-for-8 (.375) against Homer, 3-for-9 (.333) against Cordero, 2-for-8 (.250) against Cueto, 16-for-54 (.296) against Harang and 3-for-7 (.429) against Volquez.
The team here at OMGreds would like to welcome our newest addition – West Coast Correspondent, Mike.
Our good friend Mike is out in LA these days, listening or watching the Reds every night, just as any displaced, die-hard Reds fan would do. He’s also a bigger Reds Killer than the Bill Hall. We’ll have to confirm his record while attending Reds games out west, but we do know it ain’t pretty. Mike did redeem himself this year by attending a few games in Arizona when the Reds swept the Diamondbacks early in the season. So, things are looking up.
Mike will be throwin’ down all three Reds games in Los Angeles this week and will be taking the helm here at OMGreds. We have no clue what he’s going to post… just the way we like it.
1. (Former Red) Felipe Lopez. .389 in 72 at-bats. And his .463 OBP against the Reds is his best against any opponent.
2. Doug Davis. 6-3, 3.46 ERA in 96 1/3 innings. The Reds are the only team Davis has pitched two complete games against.
3. Brandon Webb. 6-2, 2.52 ERA in 71 1/3 innings. Only 2 home runs surrendered. One complete game shutout.
Also, in a smaller sample …
4. Justin Upton. .381 in 21 at-bats.
5. (Former Red) Scott Schoeneweis. 1-0, 1.42 ERA in 12 2/3 innings.
Really not bad at all, especially compared with the Cardinals. No All-Reds killers candidates here. In fact, several Diamondbacks are anti-Redskillers.
Chris Snyder – .190 in 58 at-bats Chad Tracy – .190 in 84 at-bats Eric Byrnes – .173 in 75 at-bats Stephen Drew – .171 in 41 at-bats Dan Haren – 5.49 ERA and 5 homers allowed in 19 2/3 innings Jon Rauch – 0-2, 6.92 ERA in 13 innings Tom Gordon – 0-3, 5.94 ERA in 16 2/3 innings
1. Pujols. .367, 35, 102. .367 is his third best average against a National League opponent. Reds are one of just three teams Pujols has 100+ RBIs against. Pujols has scored more runs (114) against the Reds than any other team.
2. Chris Duncan. .355 with 7 homers. The 33 hits he has collected against the Reds are five more than he has against any other team (Cubs, Brewers). His OBP in 103 at-bats against the Reds is .417. His slugging percentage is .613.
3. Ryan Ludwick. .344 with 9 homers and 26 RBIs in 93 at-bats. .344 is 79 points higher than his average against any other team he has 100+ plate appearances against. 9 is most HR vs. any opponent and 26 is 6 more RBIs than he has against any other team. His slugging percentage against the Reds: .753. OPS: 1.155.
And to a lesser extent …
4. Joel Pineiro. 3-0, 2.22 ERA in 4 starts. 19 Ks, 7 BBs.
5. Chris Carpenter (who’s on the DL). 3-3. 2.47 ERA in 9 starts. .883 WHIP. 8.9 Ks/9.
6. Ryan Franklin. 2.18 ERA in 20 2/3 innings.
7. Blaine Boyer. 0.00 ERA in 7 1/3 innings.
On a more positive note, Skip Schumaker only hits .233 against us. And former Red Jason LaRue is only 3-for-24 (.125) against Cincinnati.
OMGreds.com west coast correspondent mike_r whipped up this bad-boy after Marty and Thom discussed how good Mr. Brantley must look in a beret. I missed that action on the radio… but I can only imagine it was some good stuff.
mike_r is also single-handedly the Reds’ west coast Reds Killer. He has personally attended… I think… 9 Reds losses to teams on the other side of the country. Zero wins. He even got to take in 14 of 18 innings of that last game in San Diego. Ouch. Regardless, he’s got some photos and commentary for your enjoyment. Sorry we didn’t post sooner. I guess it was tonight’s loss to the Buc-Ohs and Mr. Dumatrait that inspired us.
Didn’t get to post the Padres’ Reds Killers, so here they are as well as the Pirates’ …
Kevin Kouzmanoff .441 (15-for-34), 4 HRs, 10 RBIs Jim Edmonds .280 (105-for-375), 31 HRs, 84 RBIs (most against any team) Brian Giles .307 (110-for-358), 26 HRs, 73 RBIs Greg Maddux 24-16, 3.43 ERA in 361 2/3 innings, 8 complete games, 3 shutouts Randy Wolf 7-2, 3.20 ERA in 84 1/3 innings Jake Peavy 5-0, 2.08 ERA in 56 1/3 innings Shawn Estes 7-2, 3.63 ERA in 86 2/3 innings
Scott Hairston .224 (11-for-49), 13 Ks Luke Carlin .143 (2-for-14), 8 Ks Wil Ledezma 0-1, 13.50 ERA in 5 1/3 innings Glendon Rusch 1-6, 5.78 ERA in 71 2/3 innings
Jason Bay .363 (94-for-259), 20 HRs, 66 RBIs, 94 runs (all most against any team) Freddy Sanchez .358 (68-for-190) Xavier Nady .333 (44-for-132) Jack Wilson .294 (121-for-411), 40 RBIs, 53 runs (both most against any team)
Adam LaRoche .219 (28-for-128) Nate McLouth .209 (18-for-86), 20 Ks Jose Bautista .195 (22-for-113) Luis Rivas .167 (3-for-18) Ian Snell 5.18 ERA in 48 2/3 innings Matt Capps 6.50 ERA in 18 innings
Paul Byrd 4-1, 3.04 ERA in 50 1/3 innings C.C. Sabathia 2-0, 2.68 ERA, 44 Ks in 43 2/3 innings Rafael Betancourt 1-0, 3.27 ERA, 13 Ks in 11 innings Jake Westbrook 1-1, 3.05 ERA in 20 2/3 innings Joe Borowski 2.35 ERA, 35 Ks in 30 2/3 innings
Casey Blake .219 (16-for-73) David Dellucci .187 (20-for-107), 24 Ks Cliff Lee 5.60 ERA, 6 HRs in 27 1/3 innings Jeremy Sowers 0-2, 9.60 ERA, 6 HRs in 15 innings
Tough to pinpoint one. I’d probably give it to Moises Alou, only because his 31 HRs are his most against any team. Although he’s also struck out more times (78) against the Reds than anyone else.
Alou .311 (164-for-528), 31 HRs, 98 RBI, 92 runs
Former Red Brady Clark also tears us up … .352 (63-for-179) … 16 doubles and 38 runs, both most against any opponent.
And Pedro’s numbers against the Reds (7-2, 2.11 ERA, 106 Ks in 93 2/3 innings and 1 of 3 career saves) are pretty impressive.
Luis Castillo .338 (80-for-237), 42 runs David Wright .338 (24-for-71), 5 HRs Raul Casanova .342 (13-for-38) Billy Wagner 2-3, 39 saves, 2.19 ERA, 88 Ks in 65 2/3 innings
And to a lesser extent:
Oliver Perez 8-3, 107 Ks in 88 2/3 innings Jorge Sosa 2-0, 3.33 ERA, 24 Ks in 24 1/3 innings Scott Schoeneweis 1-0, 1.93 ERA in 9 1/3 innings
ANTI REDS KILLERS
John Maine 0-2, 10.00 ERA, 15 hits, 3 HRs, 6 BBs in 9 innings Johan Santana 6.14 ERA, 9 hits in 7 1/3 innings Nelson Figueroa 5.29 ERA in 17 innings Aaron Heilman 5.60 ERA in 17 2/3 innings Duaner Sanchez 0-1, 9.00 ERA in 8 innings Marlon Anderson .235 (32-for-136) Damion Easley .210 (13-for-62)
Sorry for the delay … wanted to give Zambrano a chance to pad his stats a little. This was a fun one. If you thought the Braves’ starters had great Reds Killer numbers, check these out …
Geovany Soto .371 (13-for-35), 7 RBI Derrek Lee .285 (107-for-375), 29 HRs, 77 RBI (29 HRs are 9 more than he’s got against any other team) Mark DeRosa .433 (45-for-104), 24 RBIs Aramis Ramirez .326 (143-for-439), 23 HRs, 87 RBI Ryan Theriot .359 (37-for-103), 3 HRs, 14 RBIs (both most vs. any team) Alfonso Soriano .314 (38-for-121)
Carlos Zambrano 12-9, 3.19 ERA in 166.1 innings Kerry Wood 13-4, 2.88 ERA, 180 Ks in 144 innings
Other than Zambrano and Wood, Cubs pitchers are pretty average against us. Bobby Howry (2.00 ERA in 27 innings) and Carlos Marmol (2.70 ERA, 18 Ks in 16 2/3 innings) have been tough against the Reds.
Anti Reds Killers? The only thing going for us is Fukudome is only hitting .211 against us so far. Mike Fontenot hits .119 against us. And Michael Wuertz has given up 5 dongs in 22 2/3 innings against the Reds.