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Just as the title says, I collected a bunch of the suggestions from a whole bunch of Reds fans earlier this afternoon. Put together a little jam session for everyone to get them through until first pitch! Get it cranked! LETS GO REDS!

A Week In September….

This week, in my opinion, is going to give you the best representation of what you should expect from the Reds come October. Now, obviously they have not clinched a berth, but I am going to go out on some sort of limb and say that they’ll at least clinch a wildcard spot. Will the Reds win the division? I certainly think they can. But to me, it all depends on what they do this week. I’m not looking at this weeks W-L record directly effecting it, as much as the momentum we can gain from beating two of the best teams in our league. Yesterday’s performance by Mat Latos is exactly what we’ve all grown to expect from him. And he sure didn’t disappoint. I could talk your ear off about how good the Cardinals are, but honestly, Thom Brennaman has done that enough during Fox Sports broadcasts of the games. Yesterday’s game is the ultimate teaser of how good this Reds ball club can be. Dominant starting pitching with bats that just don’t stop. It’s actually what we all probably expected most of this year. I want a double sweep in the worst way possible. Do I think it’s realistic? You bet your bottom dollar I do. There’s no telling what kind of roll this team can get themselves on if they play up to their potential. So, you heard it here first. REDS SWEEP CARDS. REDS SWEEP DODGERS. And if I’m going to get really crazy, I’m calling 3 walk-offs out of the next 6 wins.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT…

Ryan Ludwick – .368/.368/.632, 1 HR and 5 RBI’s in his last 5 games.

Zack Cozart – .395/.447/.535, 1 HR and 10 RBI’s in his last 12 games.

Brandon Phillips – .400/.500/.750, 1 HR and 4 RBI’s since moving to the 2-hole against the Cardinals last week. (and his extremely offensive tirade)

So, the boys have some momentum going into tonight’s game with Homer on the hill. I expect nothing less than another great performance from him and this offense.

Cards – 1 Reds – 5

As always, comments are welcome. Questions may be answered. Concerns may be looked over.

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THE CINCINNATI BRANDON PHILLIPSES STAVE OFF ELIMINATION! (and other silly comments)

 

THE CINCINNATI BRANDON PHILLIPSES STAVE OFF ELIMINATION!

 

That’s the rumor as many fans would like you to believe after last night’s extra inning breakdown against the division/league/world leading St Louis Cardinals.  As Twitter erupted with bad news about the Reds season being over in June, the Reds made the trip to Chicago where Brandon Phillips took over the offensive duties with six RBI, including a hard-to-see grand slam, and Homer Bailey kept the Cubbies bats (mostly) silent as the Reds took a 6-2 win at a very foggy Wrigley Field.

I was hoping this game would turn out this way, but the game of the series that I am most interested in watching is tomorrow night’s matchup where Matt “Loudmouth” Garza heads to the hill for the Cubs.  If he decides to back up the silly rant from a few weeks ago when he mouthed off about Johnny Cueto, he won’t last more than an inning as he should be plunking Joey Votto. I doubt that happens, but if it does, I don’t see Garza walking off the field with his jersey in tact – just my opinion.

 

 

SPEAKING OF SILLY COMMENTS…

 

A buddy of mine recently made a comment that the Reds should trade Jay Bruce.  I know we all hear some off the wall things like this throughout the season, but he’s a pretty smart guy super genius and he was being honest about his thought.  His defense was that Bruce wouldn’t be difficult to replace with his .270-something batting average and $7.5 million contract.  I’m hoping this comment was a result of frustrations with the Reds losing a bunch lately and Jay Bruce being a fairly easy target.  I don’t think any organizational plan to win the World Series in the next five years is rationally thought out without Jay Bruce in the fold unless a Hershel Walker-type deal is presented to the Reds. My first comment back to my buddy was that I was glad that he didn’t run the Reds, but perhaps I should’ve reminded him that the baseball season is a marathon.  Maybe the Cardinals continue their record-shattering offensive production, but my guess would be they come back down to Earth a little bit.  When that happens, I hope the Reds have their ducks in a row and can take advantage of StL’s losses.  This Reds team has the potential to do great things when healthy, which brings me to another point…

 

 

SEAN MARSHALL IS BACK!

 

Well, kinda.  As reported on the Reds post game show, Marshall has been doing strengthening exercises and began long-tossing today.  Marshall commented that he can bring leadership to the lockerroom, which implies that he’ll be traveling with the team from here on out.  That’s a good thing.

 

 

COMMITMENT IS KEY

 

I’ve always been told you should finish what you started.  Tonight I took that to heart as I lit up the grill and cracked a cold one.  It wasn’t until I dropped the chicken on the grill that the thunder rolled and before too long I was a Kingsford commercial – grilling in the rain.  I didn’t quit and the chicken was delicious.

 

 

BEST LINE OF THE NIGHT

 

The best line of the night didn’t come from the Reds game.  If you’re married (or have an always-around girlfriend), you have probably watched a few segments of the Bachelor/Bachelorette.  Tonight, a guy was dismissed and made the comment “I can’t even cry. I’m all out of tears.”  That alone was worth the disgrace of having to watch a part of the show…

 

 

 

Thanks for reading!  If you want to make fun of me for watching some chick show or make a comment for me to pass on to my buddy with poor trade ideas, leave a comment or find me on Twitter at @GeoffreyHoman.  Thanks!

2013 First Quarter Reds Awards

 

Remember when we all couldn’t wait for the season to start?  Well, with 40 games under their stirrups and a 24-16 record, it’s now about 25% complete already! What the…?

I don’t expect many surprises from the game tonight in Miami.  Mat Latos is pitching. Against the Marlins. Yes, anything can happen in any game, but on paper, this should be as easy of a victory as they come in the majors.

So, let’s look back on the 2013 season and see who would win a few awards, you know, “if the season ended today”:

 

Surprise of 2013:

This one is fairly easy – Tony Cingrani.  I think a lot of people knew of Tony and some knew how good Tony could be, but for him to translate that into his performance at the Major League level after Cueto went to the DL was more than anyone really expected.  In 28 innings, Cingrani has posted a sub-3 ERA and a K/9 stat of more than 11.  Plus, Cingrani is the only pitcher on the Reds (with more than 6 IP) with a WHIP of under 1. Will those stats hold up if he comes back from Louisville and relieves his shoulder soreness? That’s not for me to say, but it IS for me to declare him as my pick for the SURPRISE OF 2013!

 

Cingrani

 

 

Disappointment of 2013:

Sorry folks, we here at Head First Slide are a positive-thinking group.  You can fill in your own name if you want, but you won’t get one from me…

 

Dugout

 

 

Cy Young:

Man, the possibilities… Mat Latos, Homer Bailey, Tony CingraniAroldis Chapman… It is impossible to have “too much” good pitching, but the Reds have been pretty close to that reality.  Their starting pitching staff ranks fourth in the majors with a 3.38 ERA and fifth in the majors in innings pitched, which is clutch for the bullpen guys to stay fresh. On an individual level, I’m going to tab Mat Latos as the first quarter Cy Young guys on the Reds because of the numbers he’s put up.  He’s the team leader in wins and quality starts, has an ERA of just a touch over 3 and gets the fans fired up for his pitching days. Homer Bailey is right there on most aspects, and has a cool nickname with “Batman”, but for this non-realistic award for the quarter-season Cy Young goes to Mat Latos.

 

Latos

 

 

MVP:

Another category with an embarrassment of riches:  Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips, Shin-Soo Choo, Mat Latos, Homer Bailey, Aroldis Chapman, Head First Slide…  You could throw up a legitimate argument for any of these guys and stand a fighting chance in the debate.  At this point, I’m going to go with the guy who leads the majors in on-base percentage and is second in the majors in on-base-plus-slugging – Shin-Soo ChooJoey Votto has walked 34 times so far this season and most of them have been intentional passes.  Choo has walked 27 times, and very few of them have been freebies.  Choo leads the team in getting on base for the big hitters behind him and when he feels like a run is needed RIGHT NOW, he gets it done himself, leading the team in home runs.  Yes – the Reds leadoff hitter has more home runs than Joey Votto and Jay Bruce – COMBINED. Shin-Soo Choo: Your 2013 first-quarter Reds MVP.

 

Choo

 

 

 

 

 

Thoughts?  Arguments?  Want to discuss the “WOO!” some more?  Leave a comment below or find me on Twitter at @GeoffreyHoman. Thanks for reading!