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September 17, 2012

BP Daily Podcast

Effectively Wild Episode 43: The Under-the-Radar Reds/Was Anthony Rizzo's Scouting Report Wrong?

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam talk about why they haven't talked about the Reds more often, then discuss whether Anthony Rizzo has proved his critics wrong.

Episode 43: "The Under-the-Radar Reds/Was Anthony Rizzo's Scouting Report Wrong?"

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BillJohnson

I am by no means a Reds fan, but the first half of this thing was pretty lame, guys. Second best record in baseball, an 11-game lead in their division, players overperforming everywhere on the roster, huge mismatch between Pythagorean record and the real thing, and you spend half of your time talking about what a flake Bronson Arroyo is?! Give me a break.

The Rizzo segment, however, was very good.

Sep 17, 2012 08:32 AM
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perhaps

I do remember reading about some mechanical adjustments that were made for Rizzo -- maybe in response to his inability to get good swings on (fast) fastballs. Found one mention around the time he came up to the majors mentioning his hands being "lower": http://espn.go.com/chicago/mlb/story/_/id/8099182/chicago-cubs-prospect-anthony-rizzo-said-here-stay

Sep 17, 2012 12:00 PM
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Ric Size

Quick season report from a longtime Reds fan who now roots for the Rays. The reason they win the division: Joey Votto-1B Age 28, .338/.467/.580 in 96 Games. Johnny Cueto--30 GS, 2.92 ERA, 17-9-- The Reds need to protect his arm so he doesn't flameout like Jose' Rijo's; BP 2012 PECOTA forecast for him: 0.2 WARP. Jay Bruce--RF, Age 25, .257/.332/.536 33 HR; dude can mash; half his games are in a bandbox. Brandon Phillips--2B Age 31 .289/.327/.445 at least adequate on defense. 15 SB 1 CS tell me he may be under-rated a bit. And since Sam & Ben talked so much about Bronson Arroyo--league average innings eater, and third starter at best in the post-season with the Reds. Him being a Jimmy Buffet fan has no baseball value.

Sep 18, 2012 19:45 PM
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