Baker says he won't use Chapman in 8th
John Fay, Enquirer
Reds manager Dusty Baker made it very clear before the question about Aroldis Chapman was asked again:
“I’m not going to use Chapman in the eighth,” Baker said. “It’s too early. Something happens to Chapman, you’re stuck with the people everybody wants you to stay away from. The days of the eighth-, ninth-inning closers . . . That’s kind by is by the wayside.
From listener Jeff
4/01 - 4/24: 21 games, .392 BA, .534 OBP, 12 multihit games, 4 hitless games.
4/25 - 6/13: 44 games, .224 BA, .379 OPB, 10 multihit games, 19 hitless games.
Season: 65 games, .279 BA, .430 OBP
Career: .288 BA, .386 OBP
Tweet of the day
Next-best teams over the last 365 days behind the A's at 108-60: Cincinnati (103-65), Atlanta (99-66), Detroit (95-69) and Yankees (95-71).— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) June 14, 2013
Carpenter better than Phillips?
St Louis Post Dispatch
“He has established himself as the best second baseman in the league,” Matheny said. “The rest of the baseball world is overlooking what he’s been able to do offensively and defensively, all the way around. He’s been a difference-maker for us.”According to Bill James Online, Carpenter has saved six runs this season in the field, the fourth-most at second base. Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips, widely regarded as the overall best at his position and likely All-Star starter, has saved four runs.
Even Cards face difficult decisions
St Louis Post Dispatch
Another Thursday, another series win by The Team That Will Not Lose. The Cardinals arrived in Miami having won 18 of their last 23 road games without losing a series away from Busch Stadium since the season’s first three games.
They’re on breakneck pace for 105 wins. They own a 97-65 record in their last 162 games. Mike Matheny owns a 131-97 managerial record, a .577 percentage.
The Cardinals address questions of excess while other organizations desperately try to fill holes. The Detroit Tigers need a bullpen. The Washington Nationals need an offense. The Arizona Diamondbacks need an anger management course.
Cubs 6-5 in 14 innings
C. Trent gets answer to questions: Let’s start with the most popular scapegoat - the non-use of Aroldis Chapman, the only Reds reliever not to pitch in the game for Cincinnati. Reds manager Dusty Baker said he didn’t want to use Chapman for two innings. Chapman hasn’t pitched in multiple innings since spring training and Baker has shown he doesn’t like his closer to have to get more than three outs in any game. That was the case again on Thursday.
*That's another kick to the groin, compliments of the bullpen.
*5 hours, 7 minutes.
*Reds did not score in final 8 innings.
*Reds struck out 19 times and walked 5 times, 1 extra base hit among 13 hits (Bruce double). *Bruce 4 hits, Cozart 2, Mesoraco 2.
*6th time Reds have lost a game that they led going to 8th, that happened seven times all of 2012.
*Dusty used 7 pitchers, who threw 237 pitches, over 13.2 innings and none of the pitchers were named Chapman. Was Chapman worn out from the 8 pitches he threw Wednesday?
*Dusty opted to use a "sore" Broxton, over Chapman?
*Broxton was "sore", three days after his last appearance?
*Instead of matching the Cards win, Reds fall 3.5 games back. Red do take 3 of 4 from Cubs.
*Latos wasn't his best: 6 IN, 8 H, 4 R, 4 K, 1 BB, 1 HR. 3rd time in 14 starts Latos allowed more than 3 runs.
*Latos saw his pitch count climb early, sitting at 47 after 2 innings, 69 through four innings and 84 after five.
*23rd no decision for Latos in 47 starts....8 in 14 this season. Unreal.
*5th blown save by bullpen in start by Latos this year.
*Latos has not lost decision in 21 consecutive starts and has just one loss in last 28 starts (August 24 of last year vs St Louis).
*Since being acquired in the trade with San Diego, Latos has made 47 starts and is 20-4 3.31 with 23 no decisions. The Reds are 10-4 when Latos starts this year, and 33-14 since the trade.
*B 7th: Alfredo Simon replaced Latos and walked Ryan Sweeney. With 2 outs, LHP Manny Parra was brought on to face LHB Anthoony Rizzo (Sean Marshall situation) and indcuded a groundout to end the inning.
*Sam LeCure, not Jonathan Broxton pitched the 8th. "Everyone that watches this team play, we are not a bunch of idiots. If something is wrong with Broxton, just say it,"-Marty, B, 700 WLW
*Broxton last pitched Sunday, back to back Sat-Sun, throwing 20, 19 pitches.
*Broxton pitched 5 times in 9 days between June 1-9.
*B 8th: Soriano singled off LeCure to begin 8th, but was gunned down trying to stretch into a double by Paul. LeCure then allowed a walk and single. Choo made a heck of a sliding catch to rob Castillo for 2nd out. RHB Barney singled to tie 5-5.
*LeCure's last 4 appearances: 3 IN, 9 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, HR, 18 batters faced.
*B 9th, 5-5, JJ Hoover on....Castro doubled, almost hitting it out, with one out, Rizzo intentionally walked, Soriano struck out, Schierzholtz lined out to end inning.
B 10th: Curtis Partch struck out Luis Valbuena for 1st out, he hit Castillo, gave up a single to Barney, struck out Hairston and got DeJesus on a ground out.
B 11th: Partch 1-2-3 inning.
B 12th: Partch 1-2-3 inning. I don't know about you, but I've always loved Curtis Partch.
B 13th: Partch gets line out, K, and ground out
*Will Reds have to make roster move prior to Friday to cover bullpen with Partch 4 innings and Broxton uncertainty? Ondrusek, Villarreall, Arredondo? Ondrusek hasn't been down 10 days.
T 14th: Cozart reached on Castro error, Bruce's 4th hit made it 1st and 3rd with 2 outs, Robinson struck out.
B 14th: Broxton entered, after Dusty bypassed him in 8th inning. Castro singled, Rizzo struck out, Castro stole 2B, Soriano grounded out, Schierholtz was intentionally walked, Julio Borbon singled to win it.
From Steven Sharp
The last time that the Reds had a relief pitcher pitch 4.0 or more innings in a game (regular-season or postseason) was October 6, 2012, when Mat Latos pitched 4.0 innings of relief for the Reds in Game 1 of the 2012 NLDS at the San Francisco Giants.
The last time that the Reds had a relief pitcher pitch 4.0 or more innings in a regular-season game was May 25, 2011, when Carlos Fisher pitched 5.2 innings of relief for the Reds at the Philadelphia Phillies.
The last time that the Reds had a relief pitcher pitch 4.0 or more scoreless innings in a game (regular-season or postseason) was April 15, 2011, when Matt Maloney pitched 4.0 scoreless innings of relief versus the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Curtis Partch threw 53 pitches in his relief outing today. That's tied for the second-most pitches thrown in a regular-season game this season by a Reds relief pitcher. Alfredo Simon has pitched two games in the 2013 regular season in which he threw 53+ pitches. On April 13, Simon threw 53 pitches (in just 2.0 innings). On April 27, Simon threw 54 pitches in 3.0 innings. These are the only three times that Reds relief pitchers have thrown 50+ pitches in a game so far this season.
There is one calendar month left until the All Star Break:
Cardinals: 21 of 27 games vs teams at least 10 games below .500, including 18 against 3 of the 4 worst teams in MLBb(Cubs,Mia, Hou).
Reds: 20 of 29 vs winning teams, including 16 vs teams in 1st or 2nd place and 4 Games vs Pirates who has the 3rd best record in NL.
Reds sign 31-year old LHP Zach Duke, assign to Louisville.
Duke with Nationals this season: 1-1 8.71, 12 G, 20.2 IN, 31 H, 20 ER, 8 BB, 11 K. Duke was relased by Nationals June 10.
He last pitched June 2: .2 IN, 2 H, 4 BB, 2, in relief.
MLB career: 50-75, 4.60 in 201 games, 169 starts, 9 seasons. Was All-Star in 2009 with Pirates. Best season: 11-16 4.06 in 2009.