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6:05, Inside Pitch, 700 WLW
Howard Megdal, Sports on Earth, wrote Johnny Cueto story


ProFootballFocus looks at the Bengals 2014 depth chart
Bengals best offseason move? Moving Hue


Bio stats HERE 
28-year old RHP
2013: 4.91 in two appearances with Baltimore
Coming off knee surgery last September
2011 All-Star
Career: 53-37 3.63 in seven seasons.
Won 13 games in '08, 14 games '09 and 13 games in '11
Has made just 11 ML starts since All-Star season '11
Could provide depth at Louisville.

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Notes, videos, stats from last night's 15 inning win HERE


Could La Russa steal Jocketty? Wait, what?


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Buy or sell?
Phillies' future could hinge on upcoming stretch.
Could the Reds as well?

Cueto pub
Cueto: In The Zone
Howard Megdal, Sports on Earth
"He's got the best pickoff move, the quickest feet in the National League, for me, as a right-handed pitcher. He throws a curveball now. He throws one of the better changeups. He throws the cutter. He throws the comeback sinker. These are all an evolution from the time he signed to 2014. And not because of me, or [pitching coach] Jeff Pico, or Dick Pole, or any other guy who's worked with him. But because he's chasing the greatness."

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Cueto off to a start for the ages
Washington Post
Cueto said he has learned how to study from experience. He has also whittled down his repertoire, relying mostly on his sinking fastball, his cutter and a change-up. Each of those pitches — and the occasional slider and even more occasional curveball — can be deceiving. “They’re balls — until they’re strikes,” LeCure said. “The hitters, they feel like their eyes are telling them they’re balls but they end up being strikes right on the corner.”

Leake observation


Bob Ryan: Do baseball fans care about the new breed of stats? 
I’m guessing that most fans are oblivious to all the new statistical stuff. They just want to watch and enjoy a game. They will continue to evaluate players and teams by giving everyone the Eye Test, just as their father, grandfather, and great-grandfather did.
Jesse Spector: Do baseball fans care about new breed stats? Of course they do? Is the average fan still content with batting average, runs batted in, and earned run average being the Holy Trinity of baseball stats, even though the modern Smart Guys have discredited all three? 

Down on the Farm

Jumbo Diaz blows the save, gets the win and Donald Lutz collects his first ever hit at Triple-A. Boxscore HERE. 

Baseball Prospectus on Bakersfield pitcher Ben Lively

Did you miss him?
Former Reds reliever Billy Bray checked in Monday afternoon to discuss the Reds bullpen, what makes Cueto so good and building a playhouse for his kids.
Listen here: Interview starts at 17-minute mark.


 Xavier/Chris Mack extension

Clones draw first blood 
CINCINNATI, Ohio - A hat trick from Josh Shalla was more than enough to lift the Cyclones (9-4) over the Greenville Road Warriors (8-5) by a 4-1 final score in front of 1,537 at U.S. Bank Arena on Monday night. With the Game 1 victory, the Cyclones took an early lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference Finals. Thanks to his three tallies on the night, Shalla became the postseason goal-scoring leader for Cincinnati with eight total, surpassing his teammate Wade Megan's seven lamplighters. Byron Froese turned in a three-point performance in the win, increasing his team lead in the category to 18. Goaltender Rob Madore (W, 31 saves, 9-4), who has started in every playoff game, was solid in net again; he turned aside all but one of the 32 shots he faced in the tilt, including a close, shorthanded chance in the first period. 
The Cyclones will return to U.S. Bank Arena TOMORROW night as they continue the Eastern Conference Finals against Greenville. The tilt will feature $2 24-ounce Labatt Blue and Molson Canadian beers for fans 21 and up! Single game and playoff ticket packages are on sale NOW! Call 513.421.PUCK to reserve your seats! Fans can also get the latest team updates throughout the postseason on Facebook and Twitter (@CincyCyclones).