Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle….

FINAL
Cincinnati 6
Houston 4
WP: Leake (2-0)
LP: Paulino (0-3)
BOX SCORE

POSITIVES
–What more can we say about Mike Leake that hasn’t already been said? Leake pitched seven strong innings, giving up only one run on five hits. He was in command the entire night. It’s just a joy to watch this kid pitch.

–The offense scored six runs, but Drew Stubbs was the only player with multiple hits. Unlike last night, however, fully half of the Reds hits were of the extra-base variety. Joey Votto had a triple, and Stubbs, Scott Rolen, and Ramon Hernandez each doubled.

NEGATIVES
–Nick Masset is a dumpster fire. He’s just a mess right now. CoCo Cordero was terrible too.

ETC.
–Wow, the Astros are BAD.

–Are we sure that Mike Leake isn’t a ten-year veteran? He doesn’t act or pitch like a rookie.

–Stubbs’ OPS shot up all the way to 555 after his two-hit night.

–Reds go for the sweep tomorrow, with Bronson Arroyo on the hill. Unfortunately, Reds-killer Roy Oswalt pitches for Houston.

–Okay, it’s a quick and dirty photoshop job, and I’m certainly an amateur…but here’s the introduction of the Mike Leake Sombrero!

15 Responses

  1. Kevin

    I want to see a Mike Leake sombrero picture more than anything.

  2. Steve

    We need a new statistic for our pitchers, something along the lines of C-ERA – which is ERA adjusted for Cabrera’s lack of defense.

    I was on the phone with someone a while ago who had been unable to watch the game. I told him that Leake had given up one run, but it was a Cabrera Run, which led to our discussion of the stat.

    Basically, one would calculate how many runs the pitcher would have given up if a league-average SS were playing the position. That’s the adjustment, it subtracts the Cabrera Runs from Earned Runs.

    C-ERA.

    Mike Leake’s would have been 0.00 tonight.

  3. BJ Ruble

    How can you not LOVE Mike Leake? I have no ideas on what to do with Masset…he is a complete mess and he has no options remaining. Tonight was a very low pressure situation he made look bad, real quick.

  4. BJ Ruble

    @Steve: I made a similar statement earlier in the year with the Duty-o-meter, that one should be made for Cabrrera and how many extra runs he allows with his crappy defense.

  5. mike

    How much is Reds management paid??

    they are PAID (lots of $$$$) to see what we see

    WE ALL see Cabrera’s lame defense. (not that his bat has been very good…go ahead someone post that stat from the beginning of man-kind, the, what is it called? R….B….I or something?).

    Step 1: before we put Cabrera at the end of the bench I just want/have to know. Does Reds management see hat the rest of the world sees?

    Step 2: get rid of him

  6. pinson343

    I was at the game tonite. It got scary in the 9th, to say the least. If you were watching on tv, it may have been apparent that Bourne’s ball was going to be caught by Bruce, but at the park the crowd roared when the ball leaped off Bourne’s bat and I didn’t know Bruce would run it down until he did. I almost had heart failure.

    One hilite: for the first time ever, I got my hands on a game ball. I had a great seat right behind the Astros dugout, and after the top an inning, Lance Berkman flips the ball near to me. An older guy with a first baseman’s mitt drops the ball so it rolls toward me and I pick it up. He’s giving me a pathetic look, so I gave him the ball.

    The Astros fans are mild mannered and friendly. They were asking me a lot questions about the Reds, in particular about Mike Leake. A number of them said he looks like a college kid, I had to explain. Even a couple of young guys who follow MLB closely somehow didn’t know that Leake had skipped pro ball. They’re impressed by the Reds’ collection of young starters.

    Watching a game in person is a long ways, of course, from listening on the radio or following on GameDay, which is what I generally do. But some things are obvious no matter what. Yes, Leake and Rhodes were outstanding, and Masset and Cordero were awful.

    Got to do some work tonite, will give my “live” impressions tomorrow.

  7. Kevin

    @Chad Dotson: It’s a dream come true!

    @Steve: I wish I could watch more games (I don’t have cable and blacked out for Reds games on mlb.tv)…but it seems like every game I get to see a ball or two will roll slowly under his glove and into the outfield. I have to say, though, I had a chance to watch the 8th tonight when things slowed down at work, and he made a really good looking out that inning, when he snagged that grounder and had to make the throw in the air. Dude’s apparently got an arm, but his range factor has got to be abysmal right? Or I am just going on anecdotal evidence with that?

  8. Travis G.

    I loved Leake’s demeanor when he had two men on in the fifth and a 3-0 count on the hitter. He didn’t look uptight at all, but instead was sort of scowling at the ball like, “What the hell kind of pitch am I going to throw here? You got any ideas, ball?” Of course, he threw the same slider he’d just thrown to a different spot for a fourth ball, but he wasn’t rattled at all.

    If I were Dusty, though, I would’ve gotten on him for trying to leg out that double. I would’ve said something colorfully appreciative about his effort and surprising speed, and then I would’ve made some sort of profane threat for the next time I saw him risk his million-dollar arm out there on the basepaths. See, managing’s easy!

  9. Matt WI

    All of a sudden this team has a chance to finish the month of April over .500. I’ll take one game under if we split the next two. Oswalt and the Cards are not our best matchups.

  10. pinson343


    Kevin:

    @Chad Dotson: It’s a dream come true!
    @Steve: I wish I could watch more games …but it seems like every game I get to see a ball or two will roll slowly under his glove and into the outfield. … I had a chance to watch the 8th tonight when things slowed down at work, and he made a really good looking out that inning, when he snagged that grounder and had to make the throw in the air. Dude’s apparently got an arm, but his range factor has got to be abysmal right?

    Reply

    I wish I could watch more games too, and look forward to Steve’s answer, but my two cents. Cabrera’s play in the 8th inning was a nice play on a tough out. It was a slowly hit ball, and Michaels has decent speed. Cabrera had to charge and make a strong throw. But the thing is, every ML SS makes tough plays. We used to dump on Kessinger as a bad defensive SS, and he made a nice play on a ground ball up the middle last nite.

    Cabrera looks very comfortable out there – he knows what he’s doing, has good hands and a decent, accurate arm. I can see why he’s a former Gold Glover. But his lack of range is evident. Last nite there was a not so sharp ground ball that went right over 2nd base, Cabrera didn’t even get close to it.

    On the play last nite where Pence beat out a routine ball to SS, Cabrera looked OK, he came in, fielded it smoothly, and made an accurate throw. I know how fast Pence is, but I was totally taken by surprise when he beat that out. But Cabrera should have known – given Pence’s speed – that he had to charge the ball more aggressively and put something extra on his throw.

  11. pinson343

    PS As mentioned above, last nite I was very close to first base.

  12. The Mad Hatter

    I’m just gonna pile on a little bit with the OC defense conversation. OC over the last 4 years has averaged about 740 chances/162 games. This year (small sample size noted) he’s on pace for 580ch/162g. Janish as comparison (extremely small sample size noted) has averaged around 775ch/162g and this year is on pace at SS not 3B to average 862ch/162g.

    I’ll be the first to admit these are small sample sizes but I would like to point the differences noted for the previous three or four years as well. How many extra baserunners turn into runs I don’t know but I think that OC’s contribution on offense is not outweighing his contributions on defense.

  13. pinson343

    More on last nite’s game from your on the spot reporter.

    Leake’s composure and confidence were very impressive.
    In the only inning (the 5th) where he had trouble, he had the same attitude, approach, and confidence as any other inning.
    His slider was nasty.

    Joey Votto looked awkward walking, as if his feet were hurting.
    Don’t know if he always walks like that. His energy level seemed low. Once again, don’t know if he always looks that way.

    Our old friend Brian Moehler gave up two shots and a line drive to get 3 quick outs in his first inning of work. Leake put a nice swing on his single where he was throw out going to second. Then Brandon Philipps hit one of the hardest drives by the Reds all nite – along with Rolen’s double – that Hunter Pence ran down in RCF.

    Carlos Lee is the worst defensive LFer I have ever seen. He makes Johnny Gomes and Adam Dunn look nimble and speedy.

    I haven’t actually seen Rhodes pitch much in recent years – I did see him live in Philly against the Reds in 2006. But in any case, I never noticed that he has such a pronounced hitch in his delivery. It seems to throw hitters off. The 3 hitters he faced literally didn’t manage a loud foul off him – for their strikes they’d either miss or hit a little squibbler a few feet from the plate. It was as though they just couldn’t see the ball.

    When Blum pinch hit in the 9th, he was doing his warmup thing – swinging his arms while holding bats – with exuberance. It got the crowd even more worked up. His body language said: “I’m going to drive the ball off this guy (Cordero).” Which he did.

    Up close, Brandon Philipps’s spread stance looks extreme. It looks as though the distance between his feet is about half of his height.

    Paulino didn’t pitch that badly, his defense failed him. Their bullpen didn’t pitch as well as the stats indicate, their defense picked it up and line drives weren’t falling.

    I already commented on the 9th inning fiasco, I nearly had heart failure.