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OnBaseMachine
03-04-2010, 02:33 PM
The Reds intrasquad games gets underway in about 30 minutes. Jamie Ramsey will be tweeting updates throughout the game.

The game will be six innings.

Here are the lineups --

Home team:

Stubbs 8
Cabrera 6
Votto 3
Phillips 4
Rolen 5
Bruce 9
Gomes 7
Hernandez 2
Mesoraco DH

Bailey 1

Visitors:

Dickerson 8
Janish 6
Nix 7
Francisco 5
Balentien 9
Alonso 3
Frazier 4
Hanigan 2
Castillo DH

Harang 1

http://marksheldon.mlblogs.com/

Aroldis Chapman will pitch the second inning according to C. Trent.

I(heart)Freel
03-04-2010, 02:54 PM
Home team... harbinger of Opening Day lineup?

Guacarock
03-04-2010, 03:01 PM
Home team... harbinger of Opening Day lineup?

Looks that way, just as the visiting team looks like a pool of everyone most likely to land a spot on the bench. The one conspicuous absence: Sutton. Wonder if he's not in the running, or if his absence is just an oversight? Could someone be miffed he didn't reveal his strength-sapping illness last summer?

OnBaseMachine
03-04-2010, 03:03 PM
From C. Trent:

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- So, here we are. This is going to be a 6-inning game. Chapman is schedule to pitch after Harang for the GrayLegs, so he'll be facing, possibly, guys from the WhiteLegs, which looks like the Oepning Day lineup plus Devin Mesoraco.

Because of that, I won't exactly be live-blogging it. Chapman's going to talk to us after his inning, so I'm going to watch that from behind home plate and then get down to the clubhouse at the stadium to talk to him afterwards. That'll also allow me to shoot video, hopefully from behind home plate, and you'll be able to see that up soon enough.

http://cnati.com/blogs/ctrent/

OnBaseMachine
03-04-2010, 03:08 PM
#reds intrasquad game underway. Bailey gave up Dickerson single, got Janish GIDP and Nix K'd. Facing a fourth batter anyway for higher PC

http://twitter.com/m_sheldon

OnBaseMachine
03-04-2010, 03:10 PM
Jamie Ramsey - #RedsST they want Homer to face another guy (Francisco) who singles to CF. Grays take field

http://twitter.com/Jamiereds

Frankie Piliere - homer Bailey pumping fb at 93 to 94. sharp with breaking ball. looks like mid season form stuff wise

http://twitter.com/FrankiePiliere

OnBaseMachine
03-04-2010, 03:15 PM
Harang K's Stubbs, Cabrera grounds out, and Votto K's.

Fay has video of Bailey pitching to Dickerson:

http://www.mobypicture.com/user/johnfayman/view/6104280

Meanwhile, the Giants just drilled Prince Fielder in the back intentionally as retaliation for his excessive celebration after hitting a walkoff HR against them late last season.

OnBaseMachine
03-04-2010, 03:16 PM
FrankiePiliere - harang up to 93 and locating his off speed pitches. looked excellent

http://twitter.com/FrankiePiliere

Chapman is now pitching

OnBaseMachine
03-04-2010, 03:19 PM
Chapman is facing Balentien, Alonso, and Frazier.

Balentien weakly grounds out

Alonso doubles to left

Frazier HBP in leg

Bumstead
03-04-2010, 03:22 PM
Chapman is facing Balentien, Alonso, and Frazier.

Balentien weakly grounds out

Alonso doubles to left

Frazier HBP in leg

off a lefty? Nice! Thanks for the updates OBM!

OnBaseMachine
03-04-2010, 03:22 PM
Frazier had to be helped off the field according to Mark Sheldon. Hope it's not too serious.

Chapman 95 to 97 warming up. easing off at 92 to 94 now

http://twitter.com/FrankiePiliere

OnBaseMachine
03-04-2010, 03:25 PM
He then K's Hanigan on a 97 mph heater. Two outs.

Piliere on Alonso:

impressive stuff from alonso btw. took a 95 mph fb opposite field for a long double

http://twitter.com/FrankiePiliere

Buckeye33
03-04-2010, 03:25 PM
Frazier had to be helped off the field according to Mark Sheldon. Hope it's not too serious.

Chapman 95 to 97 warming up. easing off at 92 to 94 now

http://twitter.com/FrankiePiliere

Damn, that would suck if something serious happened to Frazier's leg. 1st somewhat real AB and you get drilled.

OnBaseMachine
03-04-2010, 03:27 PM
Castillo K's on an 82 mph changeup.

Chapman: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

OnBaseMachine
03-04-2010, 03:33 PM
Here are some early tweets on how Chapman looked:

Mark Sheldon:

The fastball off of Frazier's rt knee was 95 mph

Hanigan strikes out swinging on 97 mph fastball by chapman

Castillo struck out on 82 mph change up by Chapman to end inning. 17 pitches for inning.

http://twitter.com/m_sheldon

John Fay:

Chapman just hit 96, 97 on back to back pitches

Chapman K'd Hanigan on 97 mph heater

Chapman gets put of jam with K of Castillo on 82 change.

http://twitter.com/johnfayman

Frankie Piliere:

Chapman 95 to 97 warming up. easing off at 92 to 94 now

96 mph on the black and breaks off an 86 plus slider

blowing along at 96 to 97 mph from the stetch

impressive stuff from alonso btw. took a 95 mph fb opposite field for a long double

http://twitter.com/FrankiePiliere

reds44
03-04-2010, 03:34 PM
97 heater and an 82 change.

HAVE. FUN.

reds44
03-04-2010, 03:35 PM
Frazier injury looks bad. had to be helped off. looked hit near the ankle
That's not good.

OnBaseMachine
03-04-2010, 03:36 PM
C. Trent has video of Chapman striking out Hanigan. Listen to the pop of the mitt.

http://qik.com/video/D8E7C224AD034466ACDF7E5A636B0E0B

Harang got Rolen to K, Bruce and Gomes grounded out. Two perfect innings from Harang.

edit - he stayed in to face an extra batter. Hernandez homered and then Mesoraco struckout.

Homer Bailey
03-04-2010, 03:36 PM
97 heater and an 82 change.

HAVE. FUN.

LOL. Added to my sig. I love it.

reds44
03-04-2010, 03:39 PM
LOL. Added to my sig. I love it.
:thumbup:

Always good to be sig worthy lol

flyer85
03-04-2010, 03:40 PM
97 heater and an 82 change.

HAVE. FUN.bugs bunny changeup ... at least we can hope

OnBaseMachine
03-04-2010, 03:40 PM
Dickerson tripled off Ondrusek and scored on a Janish sac fly. Dickerson is 2-for-2.

reds44
03-04-2010, 03:42 PM
bugs bunny changeup ... at least we can hope
After thinking about it, I'm not sure how much different that is than Volquez's stuff. Maybe a little more velocity on the heat, and he's left handed which can't hurt.

OnBaseMachine
03-04-2010, 03:44 PM
Chapman’s first
Posted by jfay March 4th, 2010, 3:41 pm

Aroldis Chapman’s first was eventful — to say the least.

Pitching in intrasquad game, Chapman fell behind Wladimir Balentien 2-1 before getting him to groundout on a 92 mph fastball. Yonder Alonso doubled the opposite way to left on the next pitch. Chapman hit Todd Frazier in the right knee with a next pitch — a 95 mph fastball. Frazier went down in pain and had to helped off.

Chapman got out of the jam by striking out Ryan Hanigan on 97 mph fastball and Wilkin Castillo on an 82 mph change.

No report yet on Frazier.

Chapman threw harder once he got in the stretch. Homer Bailey was throwing 93, 94. If Chapman throws 3 mph harder than Bailey, he’ll be hitting 100. Bailey was consistently as 97 on his good run toward the end of last year.

http://cincinnati.com/blogs/reds/

dougdirt
03-04-2010, 03:45 PM
After thinking about it, I'm not sure how much different that is than Volquez's stuff. Maybe a little more velocity on the heat, and he's left handed which can't hurt.
There is a lot more to a change up than straight velocity difference. While I haven't seen Chapman's change up, I highly doubt its anywhere as good as Volquez's was. Volquez had a true plus change up that looked exactly the same in terms of mechanics, arm speed and spin on the ball, while also being about 14 MPH slower than his FB.

Caveat Emperor
03-04-2010, 03:46 PM
After thinking about it, I'm not sure how much different that is than Volquez's stuff. Maybe a little more velocity on the heat, and he's left handed which can't hurt.

Volquez combines excellent velocity differential with a carbon-copy arm slot and arm speed for his change/fastball combo.

There's more to throwing a great changeup than just being able to pull the string on a pitch.

Homer Bailey
03-04-2010, 03:51 PM
ctrent hernandez hit hr off harang. harang: 'gotta look out for your catcher, get his confidence up' said he was kidding

OnBaseMachine
03-04-2010, 03:56 PM
Game is tied 1-1 after four innings.

MikeS21
03-04-2010, 04:19 PM
lol ... Chapman's day is done, suddenly all interest has been lost in this game!

RT: @johnfayman

Visitors lead 2-1. Dickerson walked, stole 2b. Scored in nix's single off Del Rosario. Dickerson 2-for-2 with 3b, 2 runs.

TRF
03-04-2010, 04:21 PM
What did Dickerson say he was going to have to do? hit .450 this spring? I know stats from this game don't count towards the official ST stats, but that's a good start.

dougdirt
03-04-2010, 04:23 PM
From Frankie Piliere (former Rangers scout - now AOL Fanhouse writer) on Chapman - Fastball overall ranged 94 to 97, very sharp slider and 2 very good 82 mph change ups.

Degenerate39
03-04-2010, 04:27 PM
Any word on Frazier?

bucksfan2
03-04-2010, 04:28 PM
What did Dickerson say he was going to have to do? hit .450 this spring? I know stats from this game don't count towards the official ST stats, but that's a good start.

Unless CD changes his name to Drew Stubbs I don't see him starting in CF to start the season.

membengal
03-04-2010, 04:28 PM
No, but LF is right there for the taking. Take it, Chris.

OnBaseMachine
03-04-2010, 04:29 PM
More from Frankie Piliere:

ok so my verdict is that at minimum Chapman is more than worth the hype based on stuff. there just are not lefties that throw like this guy

more details later but fb overally ranged 94 to 97, very sharp sl and 2 very good 82 mph ch

Chapman btw was not blowing it out today, making it all the more impressive

http://twitter.com/FrankiePiliere

OnBaseMachine
03-04-2010, 04:30 PM
Any word on Frazier?

From Jamie Ramsey's twitter:

as far as Frazier goes, no word but he did walk towards the clubhouse without a noticeable limp

http://twitter.com/Jamiereds

OnBaseMachine
03-04-2010, 04:41 PM
Home team scores 3 off ASmit in 5th. 2run double by Cairo, RBI single by Castillo. 4-2 home team. That's a final.

http://twitter.com/johnfayman

Homer Bailey
03-04-2010, 04:44 PM
Home team scores 3 off ASmit in 5th. 2run double by Cairo, RBI single by Castillo. 4-2 home team. That's a final.

http://twitter.com/johnfayman

1 and 1! That's .500!

OnBaseMachine
03-04-2010, 04:45 PM
Catcher Ramon Hernandez was pleased with Chapman's velocity and changeup, and pointed out the rookie has not pitched competitively in more than eight months. Chapman left the Cuban national team during a tournament in the Netherlands on July 1.

"If he keeps this up, he'll be set,'' Hernandez said.

With runners on first and second and one out, Chapman fired four consecutive 97 mph fastballs to Ryan Hanigan and Wilkin Castillo. The first one fanned chasing the heat, while Castillo went after an 82 mph changeup for strike three.

http://content.usatoday.com/communities/dailypitch/post/2010/03/chapman-fast-and-a-bit-wild-in-reds-intrasquad-game/1

OnBaseMachine
03-04-2010, 05:33 PM
FINAL: Whitelegs 4, Graylegs 2

Well, that was a cluster. I'm writing my Chapman story now... In a word, impressive. He was around the zone, a little wild at times, but still impressive. The radar gun said as high as 97, add to that a 82 mph change. Wilkin Castillo K'd on the change and said later, "I had no chance." Final tally, 1 IP, 1H (2B by Alonso), 1 HBP, 2 Ks.

Will have more up later

http://cnati.com/blogs/ctrent/

OnBaseMachine
03-04-2010, 05:51 PM
Pitching coach Bryan Price was pleased in general and with Chapman in particular.

“At the beginning of spring training, you could tell the guys came in in shape — in good throwing shape and good cardiovascular shape. That was evident. They were crisp. They threw a lot of strikes. Guys were down in the zone. They had a pretty good feel for their off-speed stuff. I was pleased over. (Chapman) was impressive. You guys all saw it. He had a terrific fastball. He threw a real nice change-up to his last hitter for his final out. The slider is progressing nicely. With Frazier that didn’t too good, a fastball off the back knee. But he was around the plate with three pitches. He looks live and is athletic around the mound. I wasn’t disappointed in any way.”

http://cincinnati.com/blogs/reds/

icehole3
03-04-2010, 06:39 PM
Denny Janson just reported Frazier is OK

klw
03-04-2010, 06:41 PM
On the Chapman Hanigan video it almost looks like on the 2nd pitch that his leg drive is noticably slower than on the others. Hard to tell but it appeared that the 2nd pitch was offspeed while the others were fastballs. It may just be the video or my internet connection.

OnBaseMachine
03-04-2010, 06:45 PM
Chapman is the real deal

By Hal McCoy
FOX Sports Ohio
March 4, 2010

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — For all but two members of the Cincinnati Reds, the coming out party of 22-year-old Cuban defector Aroldis Chapman was a blow-out-the-candles and stab the pinada success.

Chapman spun the radar gun numbers up to 97 miles an hour with his fastball and sprinkled 12 strikes into his 17-pitch one-inning debut today during an intrasquad game in Goodyear Stadium.

And who couldn’t be happy about it?

Well, Todd Frazier, for one. It was a re-enactment of the Muhammad Ali-George Frazier boxing match in which broadcaster Howard Cosell screamed into his microphone, “Down goes Frazier, down goes Frazier,” when Ali knocked out Frazier.

Todd Frazier was the third batter to face Chapman and the first pitch, clocked at 95 miles an hour, struck Frazier on the back of the right knee and once again it was, “Down goes Frazier.”

He left the game, suffering a bruised muscle and later limped gamely to his car in the parking lot.

The second unhappy camper was opposing catcher Wilkin Castillo. He faced the last pitch Chapman threw, a change-up. And he struck out.

“He throws hard, man,” said Castillo. “He threw me three fastballs that I fouled off (the third of which broke his bat), then he threw me that change-up and I had no chance. He throws 98 miles an hour on his fastballs, then 84 miles an hour with his change-ups. I’d rather catch him than try to hit him.”

Veteran catcher Ramon Hernandez did catch him – and hit a home run off Opening Day starter Aaron Harang as the home team Whites defeated the visiting team Grays, 4-2.

“That change-up he threw was good and now he has to work on his control,” said Hernandez. “That’s all it is. He missed on a few guys and was overthrowing a little bit, maybe. Remember, though, he hasn’t thrown in eight months. He fixes that up and he’ll be set.

“He always throws hard and I thought he really threw well trying to pound the strike zone with his fastballs,” said Hernandez. “He has worked a lot on keeping his pitches down and did that well.”

Chapman, a lean and not-really-mean lefthander at 6-4, 185 pounds, seemed to take it all in with a smile and a few shrugs.

Speaking through an interpreter, fellow Cuban and minor-league pitching coach Tony Fossas, Chapman said, “I felt good about my fastball, felt good about my location and felt good about everything that is going on right now.”

And about that pitch that nearly de-knee-capitated Frazier, Chapman said, “I was trying to throw the ball inside. Nothing intentional. I just was trying to throw inside. It didn’t scare me at all, but it isn’t something I don’t want to do to a teammate.”

About the change-up to Castillo, he said, “I feel good about it because I’ve been working hard on it and it is going to get better.”

In addition to hitting Frazier and striking out Castillo, he also struck out Ryan Hanigan and gave up an opposite field bloop double to Yonder Alonso.

Asked if Alonso hit a good pitch, Chapman smiled and said, “Si.”

Pitching coach Bryan Price was overtly pleased but not shocked.

“Impressive,” he said. “A terrific fastball and threw a real nice change-up to strike out his last hitter. We know his slider is progressing nicely. I saw a guy around the plate with three pitches (fastball, slider, change-up) and an arm that is live.

“We’re not bringing in a guy who has never pitched, some guy hidden away some place and we brought him here and said, ‘Hey, let’s make him a pitcher.’”

No, they didn’t. Chapman was a well-known pitcher for the Cuban National team and it only cost the Reds $30.25 million to have him affix his name to a contract.

So far, so good – so very good.

http://www.foxsportsohio.com/pages/landing/?blockID=191248&feedID=5264

OnBaseMachine
03-04-2010, 06:49 PM
From Jamie Ramsey:

Notable performances include:

•Aaron Harang (2.1ip, 1r, 1hr, 4k)
•Aroldis Chapman (1ip, 0r, 1hb)
•Chris Dickerson (triple, single, walk, SB)
•Ramon Hernandez (HR)
•Paul Janish (SF, RBI)
•Laynce Nix (RBI)
•Wilkin Castillo (RBI)
•Miguel Cairo (2 RBI)

http://ramsey.mlblogs.com/archives/2010/03/white-4-gray-2-frazier-injury-update.html

Ron Madden
03-05-2010, 03:14 AM
It feels so good to read about the performance of Reds players in game situations that I'm almost giddy.

I have to remind myself that whatever happened today isn't really very telling or significant in the grand scheme of things.

I thank OBM for the updates.

membengal
03-05-2010, 06:33 AM
It feels so good to read about the performance of Reds players in game situations that I'm almost giddy.

I have to remind myself that whatever happened today isn't really very telling or significant in the grand scheme of things.

I thank OBM for the updates.

Could not disagree more. Clearly, with Miguel Cairo in camp and driving in runs like he did yesterday, 120 wins is where this team is headed...

Big Klu
03-05-2010, 08:04 AM
Hal, George Frazier was a reliever for the Yankees and Cubs in the 80's. I don't think he ever fought Ali. :)