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JETER AND FRAZIER

In the time these two photos were taken, a person was born and acquired his or her driver’s license…

(thanks for the photo, Michael "Mando" Anderson)

(thanks for the photo, Michael “Mando” Anderson)

#REDS “FIRST-HALF” TALE OF THE TAPE

The season’s unofficial second-half begins tonight with the Reds kicking off a 3-game series against the Yankees (47-47) in the Bronx.

Cincinnati starts play tonight at 51-44, in third place, 1.5 games off the pace in the National League Central.  The Reds trail second place St. Louis by a half game.

In the Wild Card standings, the Reds are currently in 4th place, 1.0 game off the lead.

The Reds will send to the Yankee Stadium mound this weekend Mike Leake (tonight), Alfredo Simon (Saturday) and Johnny Cueto (Sunday) to face RHP David Phelps (tonight), RHP Brandon McCarthy (Saturday) and RHP Hiroki Kuroda (Sunday).  New York has gone 8-14 since June 21.

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With 51 wins, the Reds are the 12th team in franchise history to collect 50 victories at the All-Star break.

Last season, the Reds were 53-42 at the break.  When play resumed, they won 6 of 10 and finished with a 37-30 “second-half” mark.

In 2012, the Reds won 3 straight leading into the break and 22 of 25 after.  They finished with a 50-27 post-ASG record.

In 2010, the Reds were 49-41 at the break, 42-30 after.  They won 15 times in 22 games after the Mid-Summer Classic.

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Here’s where the Reds stack up among their colleagues in the National League…

BATTING
Runs, 8th, 377
Hits, 9th, 794
Doubles, 6th, 174
Home Runs, T7th, 81
Walks, 10th, 260
Strikeouts, 11th, 732
Batting Average, 8th, .249
On-Base Pct., 10th, .309
Slugging Pct., 6th, .386
Pitches Faced, 10th, 13,504
Grounded Into DP, 13th, 54
Extra Base-Hits, 6th, 266
Go Ahead RBI, 2nd, 96
Game Winning RBI, T4th, 49
Stolen Bases, 2nd, 81
Total Bases, 7th, 1,233
Left On Base, 10th, 632
Times On Base, 12th, 1,085
OPS (On-Base Pct. + Slugging), 8th, .695
Batting Avg. On Balls In Play, 10th, .296
Ground Balls, T11th, 1,100
Fly Balls, 11th, 737
Runs Per Game, 8th, 3.97
Opponents Runs Per Game, 6th (fewest), 3.67

PITCHING
Saves, T4th, 28
Save Opportunities, T3rd, 42
Shutouts, T6th, 8
Innings Pitched, 10th (6th fewest), 855.0
Hits, 14th (2nd fewest), 746 (Giants, 745)
Runs, 12th (4th fewest), 349
Earned Runs, 9th, 329
Home Runs, 4th, 94
Walks, 6th, 286
Strikeouts, 5th, 764
ERA, 7th, 3.46
Opponents Batting Average, 1st (best), .234
Opponents OPS, T5th, .678
Opponents Batting Avg. On Balls In Play, 1st (best), .277
Pitches Thrown, 13th (3rd fewest), 13,513
Stolen Bases Against, 13th, 33
Base Runners Allowed, 12th, 1,065
Extra Base-Hits, 7th, 260
Hits Allowed Per 9.0 Innings, 1st (best), 7.85
Walks + Hits per Innings Pitched, 4th, 1.21

ALL-STAR BREAK: BASELINE ITEMS

When the Reds return from the All-Star break, they’ll play six games on the road (3 in Yankee Stadium, 3 in Miller Park)

Here are the Yankees probable staring pitchers…

Fri – RHP David Phelps (3-4, 3.94)
Sat – RHP Brandon McCarthy (0-0, 1.35)
Sun – RHP Hiroki Kuroda (6-6, 4.10)

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Have you guys heard about the Crosley Field site tour hosted by the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum?  Such a cool idea.  If you are interested or want more information, CLICK HERE.

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One of Better Off Red’s favorite organizations – Ohio AlleyCat Resource – is having a “Purricane Party” this Friday from 6-9pm  at their location in Madisonville (5619 Orlando Place, 45227).

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Do you think Reds outfielder Donald Lutz was excited over his home country winning the World Cup?

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As if you needed further reason to come to Great American Ball Park to see the red-hot Reds; check out this deal on reds.com/redswin

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The monthly evolution of the 2014 Cincinnati Reds, according to the National League standings…

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Congratulations to Reds farmhands Jesse Winker and Robert Stephenson, who yesterday participated in the Sirius/XM All-Star Futures Game in Minneapolis.

Winker started in left field and batted seventh for the US Team.  He went 1-for-2 with a double and a run scored.

Stephenson pitched a scoreless 8th inning in which 8 of his 11 pitches were strikes (1h, 1k).

07-13-14 Jesse Winker  Robert Stephenson

L-R; Winker, Stephenson

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I was so happy to see Kristopher Negron hit his first Major League home run yesterday vs. the Pirates.  Kris is such a great guy and he was so excited to be in the starting lineup.  When I saw him in the clubhouse yesterday morning, he had a huge smile on his face each time he walked by the lineup board.  “It doesn’t get old,” he said after many looks at his name.

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You guys enjoy the All-Star break, now.  I know I will.  It’s a nice little recess, especially after an 11-game homestand!

Expect good news!

Jamie

 

GOOD LUCK TONIGHT, @FLAVAFRAZ21!

Best of luck tonight to future Home Run Derby Champion, Todd Frazier!

Champion

Tonight’s Home Run Derby can be seen live from Target Field on ESPN at 8pm ET.

ALFREDO SIMON NAMED 2014 NATIONAL LEAGUE ALL-STAR

From MLB…

SIMON, CLIPPARD ADDED TO NATIONAL LEAGUE ALL-STAR TEAM
Simon Replaces Teammate Cueto; Clippard Replaces Teheran

National League All-Star manager Mike Matheny of the St. Louis Cardinals announced today, in conjunction with Major League Baseball, that right-handers Alfredo Simon of the Cincinnati Reds and Tyler Clippard of the Washington Nationals have been added to the N.L.’s active roster for the 85th All-Star Game.  Simon replaces teammate Johnny Cueto and Clippard replaces Julio Teheran of the Atlanta Braves. Both Cueto and Teheran started games on Sunday afternoon and have elected not to be active in the All-Star Game.

Simon has posted a 12-3 record with a 2.70 ERA. In 18 starts, he has allowed 94 hits and 28 walks in 116.2 innings pitched (75 SO). The 33-year-old Dominican Republic native will make his Midsummer Classic debut in his seventh Major League season and his third as a Red. The 6’6” hurler had pitched exclusively in relief the previous two seasons. Simon joins teammates Aroldis Chapman, Devin Mesoraco and Todd Frazier on the N.L.’s active roster.

Clippard, 29, is now a two-time N.L. All-Star, having also represented the Nationals in the 2011 Midsummer Classic. The reliever is 6-2 with a 2.03 ERA in 43 games on the year. In 40.0 innings pitched, the eighth-year Major Leaguer has scattered 31 hits and 18 walks while fanning 53 batters. The durable Clippard has pitched at least 72 games in each of the previous four seasons.

The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field on Tuesday, July 15th. The 85th All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International’s independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network, MLB.com and Sirius XM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.

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SUNDAY’S #REDS LINEUP: WHO’S YOUR ‘RED-TO-ROCK?’

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SATURDAY’S #REDS LINEUP: WHO’S YOUR ‘RED-TO-ROCK?’

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During tonight’s pregame, the 2014 Reds All-Stars will take part in an official Reds All-Star Sendoff ceremony. Relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman, starting pitcher Johnny Cueto, third baseman Todd Frazier and catcher Devin Mesoraco will be presented with their official National League All-Star jersey by Majestic representative Jerry Poore along with other Reds representatives.

Bill Hemmer, television-news anchor and co-host of America’s Newsroom on Fox News Channel, will be throwing out a ceremonial first pitch before tonight’s game.

“Sam” the Bald Eagle from the Cincinnati Zoo will make a ceremonial flight from the Cincinnati Bell Riverboat Deck to the pitcher’s mound at the conclusion of tonight’s singing of National Anthem. Tonight marks Sam’s third flight of the 2014 season.

A Billy Hamilton Bobblehead will be given to the first 25,000 fans in the ballpark thanks to PNC Bank.

Former Reds outfielder Reggie Sanders will be signing autographs in the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum tonight from 4:30-6:30PM.

CURRENT #REDS IF THEY PLAYED A LONG TIME AGO

Ever wonder what some of your favorite current Reds would look like if they played for the team during a different era?  Perhaps I can help…

FRIDAY’S #REDS LINEUP: WHO’S YOUR ‘RED-TO-ROCK?’

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Tonight, we celebrate our female fans with Girls Night Out at the ballpark thanks to PNC Bank & Woodbridge. Activations in the Kroger Fan Zone include Reds sponsors Massage Envy, Richter & Phillips, Salon on the Ohio (SOTO), Constellation Brands, & Mercedes. Additionally, Special Events will have a booth giving out information and DJ Drowsy will be on the stage providing music. The first 10,000 ladies in the ballpark will receive a Reds themed Sweaty Band headband and tonight’s fireworks soundtrack has been selected by the women of the Reds Front Office. Before the fireworks tonight, Staff Sergeant Christina Eifert will be our second Hometown Hero of the evening.

Former Reds first baseman Reggie Sanders will serve as the Honorary Captain of tonight’s game. Reggie will be signing autographs at the Reds Hall of Fame tomorrow.

Tonight’s postgame fireworks are sponsored by TriHealth. Before tonight’s game, over 50 TriHealth nurses will be recognized on field for a ceremony and first pitch

Former Reds Outfielder Reggie Sanders will be signing in the Hall of Fame tonight from 5:00 – 6:30 PM and tomorrow from 4:30 – 6:30 PM.

WEDNESDAY’S #REDS LINEUP: WHO’S YOUR ‘RED-TO-ROCK?’

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Delivering tonight’s game ball will be family members of the late Reds Hall of Famer Wally Post.  The pride of St. Henry, OH, Wally Post belted 172 home runs while playing for the Reds and ranked 11th on the team’s all-time home run list entering the 2014 campaign.  Reaching the big leagues to stay in 1954, Post soon became a key component in one of the most powerful lineups the game had ever seen.  Wally’s 36 home runs were second only to Frank Robinson’s 38 on the 1956 club that set a then-record tying 221 home runs.  He was often described as the “best dressed Red” thanks to all of the free suits he acquired by virtue of his long home runs that hit the famous “Hit Sign Win Suit” billboard located atop The Laundry building that loomed across the street from Crosley Field’s left field wall.  Wally was inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum in 1965 & in the summer of 2013, The Wally Post Chapter formed in the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum and over 130 members from the chapter will be in attendance at tonight’s game.

Harmon-X will be singing tonight’s National Anthem on behalf of Xavier University.

Tonight also marks the 6th and final Kid Glove Game.

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