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    Opening Day 2009: Reds vs. Mets

    Aaron Harang (6-17, 4.78 ERA)

    There is no other way to put it -- this will be the most critical season of Aaron Harang's career. The belief among all concerned was that Harang's 2008 season was a fluke. After all, a dependable starter like Harang, who won 16 games each in 2006 and '07, doesn't normally just fall off the map and go 6-17. It will be on Harang's shoulders to prove that it was a just one bad year.

    During the offseason, Harang dropped 25 pounds and worked on his endurance. His body, especially his legs, didn't respond well to a difficult task of having to pitch three times in eight days. During an 18-inning game on May 25, Harang had to pitch four innings of relief on short rest but still returned to make his next start without an extended break. In the final 18 starts following that bullpen outing, Harang went 4-11 with a 5.71 ERA and also missed a month with a sore right forearm. His ERA was 3.50 during his first 11 starts. On the first day of spring, Baker did not waver when he said that Harang would still be his ace and Opening Day starter. That was despite the emergence of Edinson Volquez, who won 17 games and became an All-Star.

    This will be the fourth straight year that Harang gets the Opening Day assignment, which is the longest streak since Jose Rijo did it four times in a row from 1992-95.
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    Johan Santana (16-7, 2.53 ERA)

    Santana has a 1-0 record in four appearances (three starts) against the Reds. His lone victory came at Shea Stadium on May 10, 2008, in a game the Mets won, 12-6. He had a no-decision in his other start against them last July 17. Santana pitched merely four innings, his shortest workday in 34 starts, in Great American Ball Park. He surrendered 16 hits, three of them home runs, and eight runs in 10 innings. His 6.75 ERA against the Reds (17 1/3 innings) is higher than his ERA against any other opponent by nearly two runs.

    Santana has started merely three Opening Day games, losing to the Blue Jays in Toronto in 2006, beating the Orioles in 2007 and beating the Marlins in Miami in his Mets debut last season. He allowed five baserunners and two runs in seven innings of what became a 7-2 Mets victory.

    Santana's performances in his first games -- whether or not they were Opening Day games -- haven't been consistent with his other work. In the four seasons in which he has been a full-time starter, he has a 2-1 record and a 6.10 ERA in his season debuts. Santana pitched merely 20 2/3 innings in the four games. Each was staged in a dome or a park with a retractable roof -- two in the Metrodome in Minneapolis, and one each in Safeco Field in Seattle and Rogers Centre in Toronto.
    Mets against Harang


    Reds against Santana


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    Re: Opening Day 2009: Reds vs. Mets

    Thanks EdAbbs.

    There is no other way to put it -- this will be the most critical season of Aaron Harang's career. The belief among all concerned was that Harang's 2008 season was a fluke. After all, a dependable starter like Harang, who won 16 games each in 2006 and '07, doesn't normally just fall off the map and go 6-17. It will be on Harang's shoulders to prove that it was a just one bad year.

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    Re: Opening Day 2009: Reds vs. Mets

    As we move onto a new season, it's fun to look at the past. Here is a team shot of the 1909 Reds that took the field 100 years ago. This squad finished 77-76, good for 4th place in the National League:



    Top Row, L-R: Billy Campbell (P), Ducky Pearce (C), Chick Autry (1B), Jack Rowan (P), Jean Dubuc (P), Dick Egan (2B), Rudy Hulswitt, Bob Ewing (P), Larry McClean (C), Tom Downey (SS), Art Fromme (P), unidentified, Ed Karger (P), Mike Mitchell (RF), Miller Huggins (2B/3B), Harry Gasnar (P).

    Middle Row, L-R: Dode Paskert (OF), unidentified, Clark Griffith (Mgr.), Dick Hoblitzel (1B), unidentified, Mike Mowery (2B/3B), unidentified, Bob Bescher (LF).

    Bottom Row, L-R: Rebel Oaks (CF), unidentified, Hans Lobert (3B), Frank Roth (C).
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    Re: Opening Day 2009: Reds vs. Mets

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclone792 View Post
    As we move onto a new season, it's fun to look at the past. Here is a team shot of the 1909 Reds that took the field 100 years ago. This squad finished 77-76, good for 4th place in the National League:



    Top Row, L-R: Billy Campbell (P), Ducky Pearce (C), Chick Autry (1B), Jack Rowan (P), Jean Dubuc (P), Dick Egan (2B), Rudy Hulswitt, Bob Ewing (P), Larry McClean (C), Tom Downey (SS), Art Fromme (P), unidentified, Ed Karger (P), Mike Mitchell (RF), Miller Huggins (2B/3B), Harry Gasnar (P).

    Middle Row, L-R: Dode Paskert (OF), unidentified, Clark Griffith (Mgr.), Dick Hoblitzel (1B), unidentified, Mike Mowery (2B/3B), unidentified, Bob Bescher (LF).

    Bottom Row, L-R: Rebel Oaks (CF), unidentified, Hans Lobert (3B), Frank Roth (C).
    In 2109, a similar team picture will list Darnell McDonald as "unidentified"
    Never overlook the obvious

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    Re: Opening Day 2009: Reds vs. Mets

    Happy Opening Day, Zoners!

    Lot's of nice updates needed for those of us stuck in cubicle prison.
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    Re: Opening Day 2009: Reds vs. Mets

    C/O Trent:
    Just heard one Met beatwriter bet another that Micah Owings will have two hits, including a homer, off of Oliver Perez on Thursday.

    The rest of the rotation looks like this:

    Wednesday vs. Mets: RHP Edinson Volquez vs. RHP Mike Pelfrey
    Thursday vs. Mets: RHP Micah Owings vs. LHP Oliver Perez
    Friday vs. Pirates: RHP Johnny Cueto vs. RHP Jeff Karstens
    Saturday vs. Pirates: RHP Aaron Harang vs. LHP Paul Maholm
    Sunday vs. Pirates: RHP Bronson Arroyo vs. RHP Ian Snell

    Today's transaction, the Reds officially purchase the contract of OF Laynce Nix from Class AAA Louisville. Nix will wear 17, Darnell McDonald will wear No. 16.

    Bronson Arroyo has started throwing right now (9:50). Dick Pole's headed out to the bullpen. I'm gonna head downstairs.

    UPDATE (11:03 a.m.): Players are out in the rain throwing right now. There's been reports of snow flakes coming down. I haven't seen 'em yet.

    So, talked to Bronson Arroyo who said he threw 40 pitches in his bullpen and felt great. He still hopes to throw on Thursday.

    He said the 40 pitches was a bit more than he'd usually throw this far out, but he thew a few more "just to let them know I'm not full of (it) when I said I'm good to go."

    After the swelling from the cortisone went down, Arroyo said his arm felt great. He compared what he was doing before to shooting free throws with a glove on, you can do the action, but you have no touch.

    Bullpen coach Porky Lopez caught his session.

    Micah Owings also said he hasn't been told he'd start on Thursday for Arroyo.

    * Willy Taveras said he feels "a lot better." He had been sidelined with the flu, but said he'd be available if needed today.

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    Re: Opening Day 2009: Reds vs. Mets

    It's ugly outside, but it's Opening Day. Let's play some ball

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    Re: Opening Day 2009: Reds vs. Mets

    Here at school I'm going to try and sneak a tv on ESPN... GO REDS!!
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    Re: Opening Day 2009: Reds vs. Mets

    Game time delayed until 1:40.

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    Re: Opening Day 2009: Reds vs. Mets

    Latest update from Trent is Arroyo is back to starting Thursday's game.

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    Re: Opening Day 2009: Reds vs. Mets

    Welcome back, Baseball!

    All things aside, today is the best day of the year!

    Go Reds!

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    Re: Opening Day 2009: Reds vs. Mets

    The rest of the rotation looks like this:

    Wednesday vs. Mets: RHP Edinson Volquez vs. RHP Mike Pelfrey
    Thursday vs. Mets: RHP Micah Owings vs. LHP Oliver Perez
    Friday vs. Pirates: RHP Johnny Cueto vs. RHP Jeff Karstens
    Saturday vs. Pirates: RHP Aaron Harang vs. LHP Paul Maholm
    Sunday vs. Pirates: RHP Bronson Arroyo vs. RHP Ian Snell


    It's nice to see.....Reds have the upper hand in all of those match ups. How many years has it been since we've seen that?
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    Re: Opening Day 2009: Reds vs. Mets

    Arroyo is pitching Thursday, not Owings.

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    Re: Opening Day 2009: Reds vs. Mets

    Anybody know if WLW is carrying the game today? Or anyone else? MLB gameday audio lists a NY station, but it's in spanish...I think I'd prefer english. :O)
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    Re: Opening Day 2009: Reds vs. Mets

    Now I'm hearing 1:20


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