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Catching Up With The Reds 
Posted on February 6, 2019 at 01:17 AM.
The Reds have been on a tear of lately, winning three in a row since our last update. Manager Aaron Boone has been experimenting with starting his relievers and minor league starters before bringing in his starting rotation pitchers, and it has been working well.

The Reds played a home game versus the Chicago White Sox in which RP Matt Belisle started, Matt only went 2 innings, giving up five hits and allowing 1 ER. Matt made it into the 3rd inning but a home run by CF Tilson and a follow-up single by RF Garcia chased Belisle out of the game. SP Louis Castillo came in and shut things down. In the fifth, the Sox were able to push two unearned runs across the plate due to an error by OF Scott Schebler, making the score 7-3 in favor of the Reds. Chicago tried to rally in the ninth scoring two runs on CP Broxton but came up short in a score of 8-5, the Reds win. The Reds managed 13 hits and 13 strikeouts in total.

Dynamic Difficulty levels reached Veteran and Veteran+, which is my normal playing levels settings.

The next two games were quick ones (Quick Manage), I did manage through each batter as not to let anything get too crazy as it seems to when I try to just sim a whole game.

AAA Louisville Bats SP Jon Moscot got the start against the San Francisco Giants and former Reds SP Johnny Cueto. Ownership tried to trade for Cueto this off-season but just did not have the right players to convince the Giants that Johnny needed to come back home to Cincinnati. Giants took an early lead scoring a run in bottom of the first, the Reds then tied it in the 3rd. Moscot exited in a 1-1 tie and SP DeSclafani came in the 4th, going 4 inning of shut down baseball and earning the win in a 7-2 Reds victory.

Lastly the Reds visited the Cubs, BOO! Again a AAA Louisville Bats SP got the start, Sal Ramano. The Cubs sent SP Yu Darvish out to the mound. Had I given this some thought I would have started Shohei instead. But Ramano went 3 inning allowing 1 run and earning the Win. Ohtani did come in and pitch 4 inning allowing 1 run as well. He also went 1 for 2 at the plate, still no home runs as of yet. I am starting to think Shohei might have been overrated. Just kidding, he is just waiting for the regular season when home runs really count. The Reds won 8-2.

I will probably continue to Quick Manage this turn through the rotation. Also SPs are going 4 inning this turn around.

The Reds made a couple of send downs and call ups. Ramano, Shackelford and Turner sent down. RP Josh Smith, SP Daniel Wright were called up, and oh yeah, some guy named Nick Senzel was called up too. Seems to be a lot of HOOPLA surrounding this guy. We'll see if he is as good as they say! Ownership really hopes so.

The Reds also Made a trade and a free agent signing. The Reds traded SP Ariel Hernandez to Houston Astros for SP Mike Hauschild, Mike is a Dayton, Ohio native. Dayton is just northeast of Cincinnati, so another local boy has been added to the Reds. Drafted in the 33rd round of the 2012 Draft by Houston, Hauschild was a Rule 5 draft in 2017 by the Texas Rangers. After pitching a total of 8 innings in 4 appearance, and racking up an ERA over 11. Texas returned Hauschild to the Astros. Wonder what ownership sees in him?

And the BIG news out of Cincinnati is...the Reds sign GRIFFEY! But not that Griffey, the Reds sign George Kenneth Griffey, III (the 3rd, better known as Trey). Junior's eldest son. Intially Trey was drafted in the 2016 Draft by the Seattle Mariners. Trey was never expected to sign, but more in honor to his father. the Mariners drafted Trey in the 24th round, his father wore jersey# 24 during his playing days in Seattle. Since Trey never signed with Seattle he was eligible to be drafted again in the MLB 2017 draft. He went undrafted, making him a free agent, and able to sign with any team.

Trey instead has been following his heart and playing football. Trey played at the University of Arizona, never really putting up big numbers and dealt with injuries during his college career. Trey went undrafted in the 2017 NFL Draft, first signing as a UFA with the Colts but being waived, then being picked up Dolphins and then being waived again, last he was picked up by the Steeler but being waived yet again. The Steelers did sign Trey to their practice squad for 2017. Trey was offered a Futures contract for 2018 with the Steelers, but after his father became part owner in the Reds, Trey decided he would give baseball a go, FINALLY! Trey has not played organized baseball since before high school. Trey knows he has a lot of hard work to do to catch up, but has the heart and hopefully the RIGHT DNA to do so, at least that is what ownership is betting on. Just imagine if he does...

By the way I have started a blog and posted all my post about the

2018 Cincinnati Reds Fantasy Franchise in 2019

there if you want to follow along more easily than scrolling through this thread, which I will still post to too.

Good Night All.
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