Saturday, September 1, 2012

Reds: So what else is new?

Other than being 81-52, quite a bit has changed since this morning. Someone in the Reds front office is probably shopping for champagne in preparation of the clinching the division. Thanks to a little help from our Eastern Division brethren, the Reds own a 9.5 game lead on the St. Louis Cardinals.

The roster expansion brings up pitcher Logan Ondrusek, infielder Didi Gregorius, infielder Henry Rodriguez and outfielder Dennis Phipps. All of which should be in Houston for tonight's 7:05 match up. Devin Mesoraco will most likely join the Reds on Sunday.

Votto, still not feeling quite 100% worked another game with the Dayton Dragons and will not being joining the Reds tonight.

It looks as though Votto will be rejoining his teammates once they return home for a three game series with the Phillies.

The Reds didn't call up young star Billy Hamilton; it wasn't surprising news, they don't want to start the clock on this kid while he still needs a lot of time in AAA to work on his defensive game. Dusty will have Hamilton working as a center fielder during the fall.

Aroldis Chapman recently broke a club record for consecutive saves. Once owned by Dibble and Franco, Chapman seized the lead and continues towards Jeff Brantley's most saves in a season of 44. Chapman would have to earn at least one save per series for the rest of the regular season.

The Cincinnati Reds retired recent HOFer Barry Larkin's number 11 at Great American Ball Park last week. His number placard seen here last week during Sunday's loss to the Cardinals.

Homer Bailey is set to pitch tonight against the worst team in baseball, the Houston Astros. Bailey is 10-9 with a 4.24 ERA. He is coming off a tough loss and seems to be losing steam as his innings pitched numbers are higher than they have ever been.

Bailey's warm up picture below from last Sunday's loss to the St. Louis Cardinals were Bailey gave up 5 runs on 9 hits. Though he didn't walk a single batter and fanned three, he gave up a long ball to Allen Craig that went to the upper deck of the Kroger bleachers.

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