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Rockies Sign ‘Razor’ Ramon Hernandez

Razor Ramon was a good Cincinnati Red. I’ll never forget the Opening Day 2011 home run that he hit to send us home 1-0 in a year I thought we were on our way to a possible title. Hernandez is now a member of the Colorado Rockies. This move was a follow up for Colorado; having traded Chris Ianetta to the Angels for Tyler Chatwood.

There is some good news for the Reds, however.

Hernandez, 35, started the offseason as a Type-A free agent, but he was reclassified as a Type-B as part of the new collective bargaining agreement. The Reds will receive a supplemental first round pick for losing Hernandez, but the Rockies will not lose a pick.

At the end of the day, Hernandez was probably the biggest free agent pick-up from the Walt Jocketty era thus far, aside from Aroldis Chapman who was a slam dunk.

Good luck to you Razor. Thanks for the solid seasons of service from a position where productivity has really dried up.

Are Dusty Baker and Walt Jocketty on the same page?

Just a random thought after reading this snippet from John Heyman of Sports Illustrated:

Sources suggest there has been some difference of opinion over playing time between Reds GM Walt Jocketty and manager Dusty Baker, who has a year to go on his contract. The Reds are over .500 for the first time since early July, but it is curious how much playing time veterans Miguel Cairo and Freddie Lewis are getting in a lost season. Rival execs say they also would have traded Ramon Hernandez before the July 31 trade deadline and employed Devin Mesoraco as catcher. Hernandez was claimed on waivers by a competitor and pulled back by the Reds. He would have helped the Giants, among others.

Our take: With the non-trade of Hernandez, how can you blame anyone but the GM and the GM alone? It isn’t likely that Dusty Baker was in the room fielding the calls and said ‘keep Ramon’. That’s on the GM. And that shows that the GM is somewhat on Dusty’s page of keeping the veterans and playing veterans until the bitter end to try and accomplish something salvageable in terms of record this year. In that light, we have to disagree with Heyman a little bit.

Another scenario is ownership telling each them what to do in regards to the non-move of Ramon Hernandez. If the Reds want to draw well attendance-wise until the end of the year–or even respectably–they’ll need to win and win often down the stretch to even keep a fair amount of butts in the seats at Great American. Maybe ownership said to hang on to Ramon Hernandez for this reason. That’s the only thing that would even kind of make sense at this point.

From any other standpoint, the move (or lack thereof) makes no sense.

Game 35, 2011: Reds 6, Astros 1

Travis Wood energized the Reds last night, scattering six hits in 6 and 2/3 shutout innings and hitting a 3 run homer to get the Reds on the board. He improved to 2-3 on the season. It was his night.

Now you see why the Reds might have chosen Wood to stay in the rotation and Mike Leake to head to the pen–even with Wood’s rough outings he endured a few times out recently, he’s still capable of going out there and blanking the other team for a better part of a ballgame. I’d venture to say that the organization feels more confident in his ability to do that than Leake. Plus he’s a southpaw.

The Reds starters are coming on strong, only allowing one run over their last 20 1/3 innings. Over the last six games, the starters are 4-0 with a 1.70 ERA.

Finally, we start to see a little bit of why this team was the favorite of so many to win the division and even the national league. They certainly have some pitching, they play good defense, and they have timely hitting.

Other offensive notables last night in Houston: Drew Stubbs had two hits and an RBI, Brandon Phillips had a couple of hits, Chris Valaika had two hits and two runs, Ryan Hanigan had three hits and a run, and Ramon Hernandez hit a two run bomb.

The lone Astros run came off a Hunter Pence home run that Jay Bruce nearly robbed from the seats. Pence also tripled.

These Reds–who I said weren’t capable of going on the same 9 out of 10 run that they pulled off at this time last year–have suddenly won 4 of 5 and have two more against the Astros in Houston before playing the Cardinals this weekend in Cincinnati.

Maybe I’m not patient or faithful enough with this group. Maybe over the course of a big league season it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that one game is just one game. Maybe that’s how it is when you live and die on every strike. It’s a roller coaster.

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Game 34, 2011: Reds 2, Cubs 0

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Welcome back Johnny Cueto.

The Reds couldn’t have gotten this at a better time than now. Six innings of shutout baseball from Cueto, and he only allowed one walk. This combined with Homer Bailey’s effort earlier in the week, and Travis Wood’s improved outing have to have the Reds thinking that if they can keep hitting a little bit the pitching is going to be there for them to compete.

The Reds didn’t mount a ton of offense off of Ryan Demptster. Jay Bruce singled on a line drive to right field, got moved over by Johnny Gomes grounding out to the right side and then scored on a Ramon Hernandez single.

The other offensive source was Drew Stubbs–who also had two hits on the day. He homered to left field to make it 2-0, and the way that the Reds were throwing, it made it feel like an almost insurmountable lead for the Cubs to overtake.

The Reds take another series from an NL Central foe, and they’re now four up and one down in their last five; that only loss being Saturday when Francisco Cordero imploded in the ninth inning on FOX Saturday baseball.

Top Plays:

Ramon Hernandez gets the Reds on the board

Drew Stubbs big fly

Old man Cairo flashing leather down at third base


Jay Bruce didn’t wear any pink garments, but he used a pink bat to hit a couple of line drives yesterday. It was a really nice game for Bruce–singling twice, scoring a run, and walking on a day where the Reds had just five hits and one walk.

I was actually in Cincinnati for this game, we went to Eddie Merlot’s off 275 for a Mother’s Day buffet. Best food I’ve had in a long, long time.

Game 19, 2011: Reds 7, DiamondBacks 4

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The Reds again gave up a run in the 1st inning, but they also struck back with four of their own. They wouldn’t relinquish the lead again for the duration of this game. This was a game that ended what was supposed to be a feasting seven game homestand for the Reds. Instead, this game snapped a four game losing streak and the Reds finished the homestand just 2-5 against the Pirates and DiamondBacks.

Again, the story was the same three guys who have come up big often in the beginning of the season for the Reds. Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips, and Ramon Hernandez were the only three Reds with multiple hits, and Votto homered for the third time on the year to raise his average to .418 on the young season.

Who would have guessed that a guy with no stuff like Mike Leake could jump out to 3-0 and a guy with such great stuff like Daniel Hudson would begin this season 0-4?

Top Plays

Joey Votto’s moonshot (3)

Miguel Cairo’s two-run single

Brandon Phillips diving stop


*The Reds begin a big series in St. Louis tonight, which could amount to a blood-orgy of a road trip for them. It finishes in Milwaukee next week.

*My fantasy teams are finally starting to get rolling after big nights last night from Pedro Alvarez, Felix Hernandez, and Mike Stanton. They’re not winning any leagues or anything, but I’m going to be right there in the end.

Opening Day in Cincinnati 2011

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Glorious Opening Day 2011 in the Queen City today where The Golden Sombrero and I began our day at 7:30 AM this morning in our trek to Cincinnati/Newport on the Levee.

The Reds put themselves in an early hole, but Ramon Hernandez was the hero providing all the drama today. When he poked a line drive home run into what looked like the right field bullpen from my view, I literally could not believe my eyes.

Mike from the Golden Sombrero taking in the action of his first Opening Day in Cincinnati. Great times had by all today.

Reds fans, this is the Gary and Ace type of fan base that we’re in competition with this year. We can’t allow a fan base like this to boast about an NL Central championship. It simply cannot happen. In all seriousness, the Brew Crew is going to be a worthy opponent. They proved that today with home runs from Weeks, Gomez and Ryan Braun and a decent outing from Yovani Gallardo; but they have enough chinks in their armor (cough, John Axford) for the Reds to win this division from the get go. The Reds struck with a nice first punch this afternoon.

Tough day for my boy Jay Bruce who struck out in a couple of big spots. Namely, he struck out with the bases loaded and no one out in the 9th. But he also singled in his first two at-bats. I’ll take 2 for 5’s all season long out of my boy. He’s also sporting new batter walk-up music. Name of the song upcoming when I can find it. As you might of guessed, it is hip-hop. We love us some Jay Bruce.

Our predicting 2011 NL MVP lived up to the billing today. He homered on a line drive off the batters eye in dead center field and was generally a tough out all day long drawing a couple of walks.

Joey Votto isn’t about to relinquish the crown easily. He homered as well–as he usually does when we’re on hand at the ballpark and drew a couple of key walks.

A huge spot in this game was in the 9th inning when Brandon Phillips–our homeboy–dodged a tag by third baseman Casey Mcgeehee on a ground ball hit by Scott Rolen in a long, tough at-bat. This allowed the bases to be loaded and set the stage for a Gomes sac fly and the Hernandez home run to win it.

Another great chapter in my life in baseball was written today. The Reds are 1 and 0, and we can still go 162-0.

Someday soon it will be the Devin Mesoraco Show

We’re introducing you to the reason that either Ramon Hernandez or Ryan Hanigan will likely be playing their last season in Cincinnati in 2011. We’re introducing you to the reason that the Reds shouldn’t have probably taken Yasmani Grandal out of Miami U last season in the first round. We’re opening up the tag on Devin Mesoraco.

Our friends over at The Golden Sombrero recently ranked Mesoraco their #27 prospect in baseball. These guys know prospects. Here’s a snippet of what they had to say about the Reds young backstop:

As a former 1st-rounder, Mesoraco is very toolsy and has insane thump at the plate.  He enters 2011 as the likely Triple-A catcher and probably will at least receive a cup or two by the end of the season.  However, management of a Big League rotation is a challenge and typically begins well before the spring.  As a result, I find it very unlikely that Mesoraco won’t still be a rookie in 2012.

He has a 60 arm from behind the dish, and, despite not having Big League feet, probably can catch for at least most of the decade.  He receives rave reviews for his leadership abilities and other intangibles, although we at the Sombrero generally prefer to evaluate the concrete.  Because he did not put it all together until last year, a great deal of scouts wrote Mesoraco off, but we are believers and consider Mesoraco the best position prospect in the Reds’ organization.

The thing is–we like Mesoraco better than Grandal from the things we hear. The odds of having two catchers from your farm system effectively breaking into the big leagues within a year or two of each other doesn’t happen very often. More often than not; one of these two guys end up being a guy who just doesn’t make it. They’ll both get their shot–and Mesoraco will emerge as the guy who can mash when the lights shine the brightest at the big league level.

He had 26 bombs last season across three levels in the minor leagues, and he didn’t strike out in abundance for a guy with such pop.

After this season it’s going to be the more effective of the Ryan Hanigan/Ramon Hernandez tandem and Mesoraco with the older getting the majority of the duties behind the dish. The Reds will be eager to see how much this kid can be fed as a rookie I’m sure. But by 2014, Mesoraco will be one of the best catchers to come out of the Reds farm system since–dare we say it–Johnny Bench.