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MLB Power Rankings Week 13: Everyone’s Gone Streaking!

Posted: 28th June 2010 by Eric Ball in MLB
This week featured yet another no-hitter: a goofy eight-walk and 149-pitch performance by Edwin Jackson of the D-Backs. But it certainly still counts. Baseball is littered with streaks lately. Josh Hamilton and Jose Guillen both own 21-game hit streaks. Joey Votto has reached base in 35 straight games. The White Sox and Rangers have both ripped off double-digit win streaks. And the ageless Arthur Rhodes hasn't allowed a run in 33 ...

The Cincinnati Reds are Still in First?

Posted: 18th June 2010 by Eric Ball in MLB
Are the Reds really in this for the long haul? The calender says it's mid-June and the Reds occupy the top of the NL Central. This is uncharted territory for a team that is emerging from the "lost decade." Typically the injuries begin to pile up, and the Reds begin to fold. This year features more of the same injury problems (Homer Bailey, Ryan Hannigan, Chris Dickerson, Mike Lincoln, and Edinson Volquez), ...

MLB Week 11 Power Rankings: The Stephen Strasburg Show

Posted: 14th June 2010 by Eric Ball in MLB
So how did the most hyped debut in Major League Baseball history end up? I think he did alright. Stephen Strasburg reached 101 mph on the radar gun. He fanned 14 batters and had zero walks. Most importantly, he got a W. You could tell just how great Strasburg's stuff was by reading the body language of those around home plate. Time after time, the knees of Pittsburgh Pirates hitters buckled ...

Epic Clapse Dampens Cincinnati Reds Winning Vibes

Posted: 20th May 2010 by Eric Ball in MLB
Ouch. The tires are flat just a few days after the Reds bandwagon was getting full. After holding a commanding 9-1 lead, the Reds end up losing 10-9 in stomach punching fashion to the Atlanta Braves. The Reds jumped out to a eight run lead in the second inning and everything seemed juuuust fine. Rookie Mike Leake had his seventh quality start in eight appearances, going six innings giving up five hits ...
Brandon Phillips is a good player, one of the best players for the Cincinnati Reds. Yet he continually disappoints fans with his lack of hustle. Case in point: Tuesday night against the New York Mets. Phillips laces a pitch off the left- center field wall that ended up taking a weird bounce. Had he been hustling, Phillips would have easily cruised into third with a triple. Instead he admired his ...

MLB Power Rankings, Week Three

Posted: 19th April 2010 by Eric Ball in MLB
The story of the week was flame thrower Ubaldo Jimenez's incredible no hitter against the Braves. The Phillies lose Jimmy Rollins to the DL, and the Twins opened up their new park in style. The season is still in it's infancy, but certain teams are already seperating themselves from the rest of the crowd.Begin Slideshow
A perfect example of Reds starting pitcher Homer Bailey came Wednesday night against the Florida Marlins. The frustration fans have felt about this guy is back. We all thought he had turned the corner. We all thought the former phenom finally "got it." We all thought the Reds had found a solid starter for the next 10 years. Looks like we were wrong. Sure, the season is still in its infancy, and the marathon ...

MLB Power RankingsùWeek Two

Posted: 13th April 2010 by Eric Ball in MLB
The season is barely a week old and some teams have already dug themselves a deep hole, while others have leaped out of the gate. The new faces are still adjusting to their teams. The rookies are still in need of a pinch to remind them they have arrived. There have been plenty of defeat's, distraction's and doubt's. But remember...there is still 155 games to go!Begin Slideshow

MLB: 2010 Cincinnati Reds Season Preview

Posted: 7th April 2010 by Eric Ball in MLB
The 2010 baseball season is upon us and that means it's prediction time. The consensus on the Cincinnati Reds is sleeper status. They have the potential to make a run with their abundance of young talent. On the other hand, a injury here or there and the Reds will be lucky to break the horrid streak of nine straight years finishing below .500. The problem is there are too many questions. What if ...

Aaron Harang: Cincinnati Reds Hurler Horrific of Late

Posted: 31st March 2010 by Eric Ball in MLB
When is a 9.88 a good thing? When you're taking a test out of 10 points. When you're an Olympic ice skater. When it's your 100-meter dash time. When is it a bad thing? When we are talking about a pitchers ERA. The 9.88 ERA belongs to Cincinnati Reds "ace" Aaron Harang—the same guy who will be tying an all-time Reds record for Opening Day starts on Monday with five. The season hasn't even started, ...