Cincinnati Reds Cactus League Report: Good, Bad, and Ugly
The Reds beat up the Diamondbacks today, 13-7, while collecting 14 hits. Drew Stubbs, Jay Bruce, and Miguel Cairo had two hits each, while Bruce and Paul Janish each contributed his second homer of the spring.
Bruce is continuing to show what he is really made of. He hit his second homer of the spring off Edwin Jackson in the third inning. He is currently batting .391 while striking out only four times in 23 AB.
Stubbs finally broke out of his shell with a 2-for-3 performance against Arizona with 2 RBI. The one game brought his average up 74 points to .174. He's hardly burning up the league, but at least he is showing signs of life.
Drew Sutton raised his average to .385 with a 1-for-2 outing while playing third base today.
Janish continued playing well, raising his average to .364 by hitting his second homer of the spring. He looks like he is making Orlando Cabrera work to keep his job. Janish only has hit two homers in his 90 games with the Reds during the regular season.
Scott Rolen is having a terrible spring, batting only .176, and he's without a hit since March 8 against Kansas City.
Brandon Phillips continues to struggle at the plate. He wore a size three collar today, making him 2-for-20 during the spring.
When is Yonder Alonso going to show some promise? Through Tuesday's game, he is batting an anemic .071 with five strikeouts in 14 AB. He has shown no power and no run production at all.
Juan Francisco didn't get to make any plays in left field. The wind was blowing badly, and he nearly fell while chasing a foul ball into the fence. The way Rolen is playing, the Reds may need him at third base.
Aroldis Chapman is scheduled to make his first start of the spring on Wednesday against Milwaukee.
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