Shared enlightenment from the Twitterverse this morning, as we revel in the excitement of the Reds winning 9-of-12:

Todd Frazier is now one of the Top Ten players in MLB based on FanGraphs’ calculation of WAR. (Nick Kirby)

Keep in mind that WAR includes measures of defense and base running. Others in the top ten include: Troy Tulowitzki, Mike Trout, Giancarlo Stanton, Alex Gordon, Josh Donaldson, Carlos Gomez, Jonathan Lucroy, Andrew McCutchen and Jose Bautista. Notice the NL Central is well represented on that list, with four players. Frazier has more 2014 WAR than Miguel Cabrera, Paul Goldschmidt and Yasiel Puig, among others. Of course, if you read Redleg Nation, you knew the good news about Super Todd more than a month ago.

Before last night, the most recent Reds catcher to hit home runs in four consecutive games was Johnny Bench in 1980. (Joel Luckhaupt)

More on the Hot Mes: Fifty percent of his hits and twenty-one percent of his balls in play have been for extra bases. (Kerry Moss) Last night, he became the first player (at least since 1914) to walk twice, get hit by a pitch twice and homer in a game. (Christopher Kamka) Most important of all, Devin Mesoraco leads all major league players (at least 150 AB) in wRC+ with 185. (Nick Kirby) Let’s hope his days of batting seventh are through.

Doug Gray tweeted this …


… seconds before Mesoraco did this …

Gotta love how that ball ended up in the hands of a determined Reds fan at Wrigley.

And how about Frazier and Mesoraco providing those right-handed bats? They both belong in the All-Star Game.

Johnny Cueto and Homer Bailey are among the group of starting pitchers with the most plus pitches. (Eno Sarris)

Sarris looks at two benchmarks to define plus pitches: swinging strikes and ground balls. Pitches that meet his criteria in either category earn 1 point and 2 points for meeting both. Felix Hernandez has the most plus pitches by this criteria. Cueto ranks fourth and Bailey ninth. This measure doesn’t necessarily correlate with the “best pitchers” since it rewards pitchers who have multiple good pitches more than it values extremely good pitches. For example, Clayton Kershaw’s curveball should probably be rated infinity, but the maximum score here is 2.

The last game at Crosley Field was this date in 1970. (Todd Radon, h/t OMGReds)


The Reds had played there since 1912. (Sporting News MLB) I remember going to at least one game at Crosley. It was camera day, and fans could go on the field and take pictures of the Reds and their coaches. I remember Pete Rose. And how gigantic Ted Kluszewski’s arms were.

12 Responses

  1. Chris

    Great post Steve. Loved reading it. Who are the guys holding home plate in the Crosley photo?

    • Steve Mancuso

      Don’t know. Guessing from the shovels, probably just guys in the grounds crew. Doesn’t really look like players or front office. The crazy thing is all the people in the stands. Did they stay after a game to watch that?

      • Shchi Cossack

        Actually, from the Old Cossack’s recollection of the game (and everyone can atest to the unreliability of that), the event depicted was during the 7th inning stretch, ergo the large number of fans in the stands. It seems the home plate umpire was having a particularly bad day recognizing pitches over the plate as strikes, so the grounds crew opted to give him a better view of the plate during the break. The beat reporters were never able to discern who ordered such a dasterdly act, but the three offending members of the grounds crew were summarily ejected from the game.

      • Bill Lack

        I believe what happened, if memory serves, was that the plate was dug up, then helicoptered to the new site. The folks probably stayed around to see the helicopter land..and it was following an exciting Reds win (vs Giants, if I remember).

      • charlottencredsfan

        Didn’t Bobby Bonds make the last out? #26

      • lwblogger2

        @Charlottencredsfan – I think Bonds wore #25 for the Giants. He wore #26 with the Cards but that was later in his career.

      • charlottencredsfan

        Your probably right. My memory is not what it use to be. Mays was #24 thought, right?

      • lwblogger2

        Yes, Mays was #24… I don’t know Giants’ numbers so well so not sure how many more of those I’d get right.

  2. arizonareds

    Good read. I had to forcibly remove myself from twitter a few weeks ago because of my bad habits of checking in on twitter during games instead of talking to the real members of my family. Reds have a good following and I miss the timely stat nuggets from Luckhaupt. Maybe I should jump on the game thread on RLN to satiate my lust for discussing baseball with the anonymous interneters.

  3. BoldOD

    Didn’t they lift up home plate with a helicopter and fly it to Riverfront? I seem to remember seeing a picture of that.