Reds rest of the way

The Cincinnati Reds are 35-33 and sit 3.5 games back of the Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Central division. Here’s how the Reds’ pitching staff, lineup and their roster in general sets up for the remainder of the season (in what looks like a three-team race with the Brewers and Cardinals leading the pack).


  1. Johnny Cueto
  2. Mike Leake
  3. Edinson Volquez
  4. Bronson Arroyo
  5. Travis Wood


  1. Homer Bailey
  2. Aroldis Chapman


  1. Francisco Cordero (closer)
  2. Nick Masset
  3. Bill Bray
  4. Logan Ondrusek
  5. Jose Arredondo
  6. Jeremy Horst
  7. Brad Boxberger


  1. Drew Stubbs – CF
  2. Brandon Phillips – 2B
  3. Joey Votto – 1B
  4. Jay Bruce – RF
  5. Scott Rolen – 3B
  6. Jonny Gomes/Fred Lewis/Chris Heisey – LF
  7. Ramon Hernandez/Ryan Hanigan – C
  8. Paul Janish/Edgar Renteria – SS


  1. Miguel Cairo – INF


  • As I blogged about earlier, it’s time to make Chapman a starter. Allow him to do it in the minors until he’s ready. This guy is not a reliever. Furthermore, if you have the fastest-throwing human being on the planet, might as well maximize his innings and make him a starter. It’s not even a legitimate debate in my opinion.
  • Now is the time to call-up Boxberger as the last man out of the bullpen. He has been excellent at AA Carolina this season – his first full year as a reliever. He was the Reds’ first-round compensatory pick in 2009, which has turned out to be quite a draft. It yielded Leake in the first round (No. 8 overall), Boxberger and then shortstop Billy Hamilton (who leads all minor leaguers with 50 steals at single-A Dayton). What else does Boxberger need to prove? He is clearly better than guys like Carlos Fisher and Jordan Smith that the Reds have been running out there this season as the “last” guy in the ‘pen.
  • Holy hell I hope the Reds end up trading for a legit left fielder. Heisey is the best current option … and he gets the least-amount of starts. And I’m not suggesting the Reds try and land one of the best left fielders in MLB – that is simply not going to happen. But there has to be an upgrade available out there that wouldn’t cost the Reds one of their top prospects like Devin Mesoraco or Yonder Alonso. Well, actually I wouldn’t mind if the Reds traded Alonso if they found the right deal. More on that later.
  • I would say the Reds need to trade for a shortstop too, but the Janish/Renteria platoon is undoubtedly what the team wants to do for the remainder of this season. Then I have to think Zack Cozart will take over as the starter next season. Since the Reds have a “SS of the future” in Cozart, they likely won’t look to trade for one. And don’t even bring up Jose Reyes. While it would be great to land the Mets’ shortstop, they are asking for an arm and a leg in exchange for him. And it doesn’t help matters that Reyes is having one of the best years of his career. I bet he either stays with the Mets, or another team trades for him. The Reds might be more aggressive in going after a top SS if they didn’t have Cozart waiting in the wings at AAA Louisville.
  • People might ask why Alonso can’t be the answer in left field. Well, honestly, I haven’t seen the converted first baseman play left field – so this is not a first-hand account – but I’ve heard from two people I trust that he’s very poor defensively. How bad? They say Gomes would be considered good with the glove in comparison. I’m glad Alonso is having a big year for the Bats, but my guess is that he would be used as a trading chip for the Reds before he would take over as the starting LF for the big club. To me, Alonso seems destined to be a first baseman … or perhaps going to an AL team and becoming a DH. It will be interesting to see what kind of offers the Reds get for their 2008 first-round pick.