Pete has to start losing games if he wants that top draft pick.
This weekend will say a lot about Reds draft status. Just glancing at the standings, they can get the sixth pick, if things go the "right" way this weekend. Or they can slide to the 10th pick, perhaps even a bit lower.
There are three other teams which, like the Reds, have 89 losses. The White Sox, Astros, and Giants. If they win some games, it could help the Reds' draft placement. There are some other teams with 90 or 91 losses, wins by them could possibly help the Reds move up.
If you are inclined to root for high draft placement, of course, it is bad that the Cubs clinched tonight. Less incentive for the Cubs to win Saturday and Sunday. And I'd like to see Harang and Bailey do well, regardless of the impact on the draft.
Still, this should be a very exciting weekend for Reds fans (not serious).
The White sox and Reds are tied with 71-89 records which is a update over this article. This does not show the Giants loss which makes their record 70-90.
Devil Rays Get First Pick In 2008 Draft
Posted Sep. 28, 2007 1:09 pm by Ben Badler
Filed under: Draft Dope
With its 3-1 loss yesterday to the Yankees, Tampa Bay clinched the first overall pick in the 2008 draft.
The Devil Rays (65-94) are three games "behind" the Royals, the Pirates and the Orioles (all 68-91) with three games left in the season for each team. Although those teams could potentially all finish with the same record, the Devil Rays would still get the first overall pick due to the tiebreaker rules. The tiebreaker for the draft order is that the team with the worse record the previous year gets the higher pick, giving the Devil Rays a lock on the top pick in June.
If the Royals, Pirates and Orioles all finish tied for the second-worst record in baseball, the Royals would pick second, the Pirates would pick third and the Orioles would pick fourth.
The Marlins (69-90), Giants (70-89) and White Sox (70-89) are also still in the mix for the No. 2 pick. The Reds (71-88) and Astros (71-88) both still have a chance at the No. 3 pick.
The 2008 draft will be the Devil Rays’ second consecutive year with the first pick in the draft. They are the first team to have back-to-back No. 1 picks, and it’s also the ninth consecutive season they’ve had a top-10 pick. If Tampa Bay has a top-10 pick next year they will tie the Expos (1970-1979) and Mariners (1978-1987) for the longest stretches of top 10 picks.
The Devil Rays selected Vanderbilt lefthander David Price this year, and they may take his former teammate on the Commodores, third baseman Pedro Alvarez, with the top pick in 2008. Among the other early favorites to go off the board after the first few selections are South Carolina first baseman Justin Smoak, San Diego lefthander Brian Matusz, Missouri righthander Aaron Crow, Missouri high school righthander Tim Melville and Georgia high school shortstop Tim Beckham.
The upcoming draft will be the fourth time since the Devil Rays’ inaugural draft in 1999 that the franchise will have the No. 1 pick. No team has ever had the top pick in consecutive seasons. Only the Mets and Padres have had more No. 1 picks (five) than the Devil Rays since the inception of the draft.
The following is a list of the teams ranked by the worst records in baseball, along with their records and their opponents for their final three games of the season.
Race To The Bottom
1. Devil Rays (65-94) (Blue Jays)
2. Royals (68-91) (Indians)
3. Pirates (68-91) (Cardinals)
4. Orioles (68-91) (Yankees)
5. Marlins (69-90) (Mets)
6. Giants (70-89) (Dodgers)
7. White Sox (70-89) (Tigers)
8. Reds (71-88) (Cubs)
9. Astros (71-88) (Braves)
10. Nationals (72-87) (Phillies)
This entry was posted on Friday, September 28, 2007 at 1:09 pm by Ben
Last edited by Gallen5862; 09-29-2007 at 12:59 PM.
1. Devil Rays (65-95) (Blue Jays)
2. Royals (68-92) (Indians)
3. Pirates (68-92) (Cardinals)
4. Orioles (69-91) (Yankees)
5. Marlins (70-90) (Mets)
6. Giants (70-90) (Dodgers)
7. White Sox (71-89) (Tigers)
8. Reds (71-89) (Cubs)
9. Astros (71-89) (Braves)
10. Nationals (72-88) (Phillies)
Looks like the "best" the Reds could do is tie for 4th. Not sure how a tie with the Orioles would be handled. (Its probably somewhere back in this thread, but I'm too lazy to go back and look.)
Raise your hand if you thought 9 teams would finish with worse records than the Nationals.
"All I can tell them is pick a good one and sock it." --BABE RUTH
Having better players makes "the right time" or "the big hit" happen a lot more often. PLUS PLUS
The Devil Rays are going to be stacked one day
If the White Sox win one of their final two games then the Reds are guarenteed the #7 pick at worst. If the Reds lose tomorrow and the Giants win tonight and tomorrow then the Reds would get the #6 pick.
White Sox won tonight vs the Tigers. The Reds are now guaranteed either the #6 or 7 pick. Most likely it will be the number seven pick unless the Reds lose tomorrow and the Giants win tonight and tomorrow.
The Reds will have the #7 pick in the draft next year.
The 7th overall pick with guarantee that the Reds will get a shot at one of the following studs: 3B Pedro Alvarez, LHP Brian Matusz, RHP Aaron Crow, LHP Kyle Lobstein, SS Tim Beckham, 1B Yonder Alonso, OF/RHP Aaron Hicks.
I would love to grab Matusz if he were to fall that far, if not, Tim Beckham is a stud SS who I would love to have.
OBM, you forgot about Justin Smoak, who should go either 2nd or 3rd if the draft was right now. The Reds will have a shot at a very good prospect with the 7th pick.
Its way too early to guess where anyone will go. Injuries, bad performances, break out guys....
The good thing is at least a chance for the Reds to grab a very good prospect and improve the farm system even more. I hope the draft is televised again in June 2008.
Early Baseball America rumblings are that there won't be above average value in the top 10. Who knows.... Let's hope the class of 08 comes on strong.
"Baseball is a very, very complex business. It's more of a people business than most businesses." - Bob Castellini
This is the only positive thing I can grab from our terrible record. I just hope they make the right choice.
-LTlabnerIf you can't build a winning team with that core a fire-sale isn't the solution. Selling the franchise, moving them to Nashville and converting GABP into a used car lot is.