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Reds lineup/moves


Today the Reds selected from Class AAA Louisville the contract of IF Kristopher Negron (#17) and optioned to Louisville RHP Carlos Contreras. The Reds also designated for assignment RHP Brett Marshall.
Negron, a non-roster invitee to spring training, was reassigned to Louisville the day before Opening Day and has spent the season with the Bats (75 games, .269, 15 2B, 3 3B, 3 HR, 25 RBI, 9 SB. He made all 4 of his Major League apps in 2012.

Negron starts at Louisville this year
40 SS, 11 CF, 6 RF, 4 2B, 1 3B, 1 LF 
Negron was 2 for 4 for Louisville last night and hitting .348 in July.
Stats HERE

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So, you want the Reds to pursue AJ Pierzynski? He's been designated for assignment by Boston. Read THIS story and you might reconsider:
According to multiple sources within the Red Sox clubhouse, Pierzynski had become such a negative influence on the team that players approached both the Sox coaches and front office to address the problem. The common theme expressed was the catcher's seeming indifference toward his teammates and the common goals of the same organization that had relied on an all-for-one approach when winning the 2013 World Series.

Last night
Reds made if five wins in a row, but Brandon Phillips and Billy Hamilton left the game with injuries. HERE are highlights, notes and video of post game reaction.

Odds of it
Playoff odds for Reds from Baseball Prospectus:
20.8% win division
28.7% Wild Card

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Sweep this?
*The Reds go for their first 5 game sweep since 1976 vs San Diego.
The winning pitchers in that series (July 31-August 1): Pat Zachry, Manny Sarmiento, Gary Nolan, Fred Norman and Santo Alcala. The Reds outscored the Padres 43-18 in that series.
*The last time the Reds swept any 5 game series from Cubs was 1931 at Redlands Field. 
*Last 5 game sweep in MLB: Yankees at Boston, 2006.

NL Central
Brewers ---
Cards     2
Reds     2.5
Pirates  4.5

Wild Card
1. Giants/Dodgers (one would be NL West leader)
2. Cardinals
Reds/Braves .5
Pirates 2.5

Almost flawless Reds good as any team in MLB
Richard Justice,
Teams evolve during a six-month season, and during this time of so much competitive balance, playoff berths will be decided by the teams playing their best in September.
Still, the Reds are a team with very few weaknesses. Very few? Try none. At least, none at the moment.
Let's count the reasons.

CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 9: Alfredo Simon #31 of the Cincinnati Reds pitches in the fourth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Great American Ball Park on July 9, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Simon says
*Alfredo Simon ties NYY Masahiro Tanaka for the ML lead in wins with his 12th. 
*Simon: 6.2 IN, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 8 K, 119 pitches/72 strikes…ERA at 2.70
Simon innings 1-4 this year: 27 ER/70.2 IN (3.46)
Simon innings 5-8 this year: 8 ER/45 IN (1.60) (into 6th)
*112 pitches April 23 vs Pirates was season high for Simon. Threw 119 Wednesday.
*Simon tied season high with 8 K (May 16 at Philly)
*Simon one off career high 9 K on September 13, 2011.
*Reds move to 15-3 in Simon’s starts. I’ll ask it again, where would they be/who would have taken 18 starts w/o him?
*Reds 15-3 in Simon's starts. 

Simon/NL Rank
Wins: 12 (1)
ERA: 2.70 (7)
WHIP: 1.05 (6)
BAA: .219 (4)
QS: 16 (T2)
QS%: 89% (T1)
IN: 116.2 (T13)
WAR: 2.1 (12)
OPS: .637 (7)
P/IN: 14.7 (6)

Simon's pitches thrown
2014: 1,711
2013: 1,318
ML high: 1,900 (2011)

The injury that saved the season
From listener Jeff: On March 27th, the last day of spring training, Brett Marshall was making his final spring start before taking the 5th spot in the Reds rotation to start the regular season. Bryan Price preferred to have Alfredo Simon in the bullpen. But Marshall injured a ligament in his finger and had to go on the DL, thus forcing Simon into the Reds starting rotation. 
The Reds are 15-3 when Simon starts, 34-39 when he doesn't. Where would Reds be if Brett Marshall made Simon's 18 starts? Judging by his 0-5 record and 10.97 ERA at Louisville, it wouldn't be pretty. Obviously Marshall wouldn't have lasted long in the 5th spot pitching like that, so Reds probably would have used combination of Jeff Francis, Chien Ming Wang, David Holmberg in the 5th spot. If you figure Reds win those number 5 starter games at the same rate they won Cingrani starts(27%), Simon's 15-3 becomes 5-13, the Reds 49-42 becomes 39-52, and even Butler math suggests you write this season off. 

Schumaker brings valuable presence to Reds
Hal McCoy, FoxSportsOhio 
His value, though, is in what he brings to the ballpark every day, an attitude that he is willing to do whatever is asked of him and whenever. He is the master of the little things, which are not so little in baseball. Little things are big things and little things mean a lot.

The Great American at GABP last night?