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Show notes: Ready to talk Bengals?


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3:05, ESPN 1530
6:05, Inside Pitch, 700 WLW
Marvin Lewis, news conference, 3pm
Andy Dalton, news conference
Tom Groschen, Enquirer, UC football, 3:20
Clifton Brown, CSN Baltimore, 3:40
Brad Jackson, former Bearcat, NFL LB, CSN Baltimore studio analyst, 5:20
Dan Hoard, 5:45
Bengals: Is the '14 version better than the '13 version?
I've got to tell you.....I think we've covered ever imaginable Bengals storyline during camp/preseason. Anything left we have not discussed?
I've talked to just about every local/national media member imaginable about the Bengals.
Maybe we open lines to fans today at 3:05?

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The AFC North is up for grabs

The AP Pro32
T10. Cincinnati Bengals

CINCINNATI, OH - AUGUST 28: Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals warms up prior to the start of the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Paul Brown Stadium on August 28, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Dalton one of AFC North's most compelling story lines
Cleveland Plain Dealer
CINCINNATI, Ohio – Andy Dalton is a red-headed Rorschach Test.
Some see a quarterback who's guided the Bengals to the playoffs in each of his first three years. Others view Dalton as a major reason the club is 0-3 in postseason games since 2011, despite ample talent surrounding him.

Green has driven Ravens safeties crazy
Consider this: the Ravens allowed seven completions that traveled at least 40 yards in the air last season and Green accounted for three of them. 


A peek inside every NFL playbook
Wall Street Journal
Cincinnati Bengals: 
Star wideout A.J. Green will line up just beside another receiver. Both will be to the left of quarterback Andy Dalton. Green and his colleague (usually Marvin Jones) will sprint as if they are running straight "go" routes, and Jones actually will. But about 20 yards downfield, Green—one of the best deep threats in the league—breaks character and cuts back toward the quarterback. The overcompensating cornerback will leave Green wide open.


BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 02: Catcher Devin Mesoraco #39 and pitching coach Jeff Pico #56 talk with starting pitcher Mat Latos #55 of the Cincinnati Reds after Latos gave up a run to the Baltimore Orioles (L) during the first inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 2, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Comeback falls short, ends in another one run loss
Mark Sheldon,
Baltimore jumped to a 4-0 lead through one inning and led, 5-0, after two. It took a Jay Bruce grand slam in the eighth inning to get Cincinnati back in the game before ultimately enduring its Major League-most 34th one-run loss of the season.

Reds 1-run losses/year/record
41: 1946 (28-41)
41: 1916 (26-41)
39: 1907 (22-39)
36: 1937 (14-36)
34: 2014 (20-34)
34: 1932 (19-34)
34: 1914 (22-34)




DH: Doesn't hit?
DH for Reds this season: 4 for 28 (.143), 0 HR, 0 RBI, 10 K.
The Reds are 1 of 2 ML teams (Braves) without an RBI by a DH this season.

Billy: The Ying and the Yang
Billy Hamilton leads NL rookies in:
RBI, multi-hit games, R, H, TB, 2B, SB and EXBH. Among all NL players he ranks second in SB and T5th in OF assists.
Hamilton stole his 55th base last night, setting the franchise record for a rookie.
The 55 SB's are most by a Red since Deion Sanders stole 56 bases in 1997.
Hamilton was also thrown out stealing for the 21st time last night, most in MLB, and the most since Jose Reyes (21) in 2007.
Hamilton is 55 for 76 in SB attempts: 72%.
The ML average is 73%.
Hamilton has been thrown out stealing more than 5 ML teams.
Hamilton's OBP batting leadoff is .303, worst in MLB, among qualifying players. 
Hamilton has been on base 160 times, but thrown out stealing 21 times.
If you factor caught stealing into his OBP, he's been on base 26.5% of the time.
Hamilton has 98 K to just 27 BB.

BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 02: Jimmy Paredes #38 of the Baltimore Orioles tags out Billy Hamilton #6 of the Cincinnati Reds trying to steal third base during the first inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 2, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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Fixing the Reds no easy task
The Sporting News
I would try to sign Nelson Cruz to play left field and smash balls over fences, particularly in my home ballpark that is conducive to doing so. Melky Cabrera also could be a neat fit in Cincinnati. I would probably fail to get either, and wind up trying something like a Nate Schierholtz/Jonny Gomes platoon.

BP 3rd?
Dusty Baker, I mean Bryan Price, has run Brandon Phillips out in the 3rd spot for 11 straight games. Results: 6 for 42, .143-.200-.190-.390, 1 BB, 4 RBI.
Just make it stop.
Overall, since BP returned: 14 games, 8 for 54, .148-.207-.185-.392.

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