Every Reds game will be televised for the rest of the 2010 season. Today’s afternoon game at Colorado will be aired nationally on MLB Network at 3 PM, Cincinnati time. The rest of the schedule will air on Fox Sports Ohio, except for the 9/25 game at San Diego. That game has been changed to a 4:10 start to air nationally on FOX. In addition, George Grande makes his return to the Reds broadcast booth this weekend for the three-game series vs. the Pirates.
MLB has given the Reds the go-ahead to print playoff tickets. The Reds have already sent letters out to their season ticket holders. For fans who didn’t purchase season tickets, a lottery system to get the opportunity to purchase playoff tickets has been set up through reds.com. Fans can go there to place their entry to win the opportunity to buy playoff tickets, much like what the Reds do for Opening Day.
As it stands now, Aaron Harang will get another start. Harang is scheduled to start Saturday’s game vs. Pittsburgh. He has performed poorly since coming back from injury. This could be the Reds way of giving him one last start at home as a reward for all he has done in a Reds uniform. For many seasons, the Reds pitching staff consisted of Harang and a bunch of guys named “Meat.” It would be nice to see him throw well at home.
As far as the Reds postseason pitching rotation, it looks like Edinson Volquez is leading for the fourth spot. The Reds will most likely go with a 4-man postseason rotation, which is easy to do when travel days are always factored into playoff series. Bronson Arroyo, Johnny Cueto, and Travis Wood appear to be locks.
The Reds are also beginning to talk contract with manager Dusty Baker. Baker is a hot commodity right now, especially with Joe Torre’s contract ending in Los Angeles. Baker was always a popular player in LA, and the Dodgers may be interested. No word on what was in the Reds initial offer to Baker, although it has been mentioned that the deal is for more than one year.
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Written by Dave Allen
I'm a lifelong Cincinnati sports fan who has been following the Reds and Bengals ever since I can remember. My first Reds game was Game 6 of the '72 World Series and my first Bengals game was an October 1975 clash with the Steelers. I've been involved in sports media since Junior High, when I assisted with scores for Bob Trumpy SportsTalk in 1979 on WLW Radio. My biggest Reds highlight came in 1998 when I was chosen to be the public address announcer at Riverfront Stadium (then called Cinergy Field) for Opening Day and the entire first homestand. I am thrilled to be involved with PSB and I hope you enjoy my entries!