Random Thoughts 3/31/10

A smile comes across my face when I think about the summer of 1990.  The wire-to-wire championship season was surreal at the time and, as a huge Reds fan, provided me with a lifetime of memories.  I practically jumped out of my chair when I read that John Erardi is coming out with a new book, The Wire-to-Wire Reds:  Sweet Lou, Nasty Boys and the Wild Run to a World Championship.

Jared Burton has given up four home runs in eight innings of work this spring.  However, his name doesn’t seem to come up when talking about guys on the “bubble” when it comes to making this team.  Right-hander Logan Ondrusek has had an outstanding spring and has attracted the attention of Dusty Baker.

The competition for the fifth spot in the starting rotation has been one of this spring’s biggest stories.  Aroldis Chapman is likely headed to the minors, leaving Mike Leake and Travis Wood as the final candidates.  Both will pitch today, with Wood starting against the Dodgers in Las Vegas and Leake starting against the A’s in Phoenix.

Walt Jocketty said a decision will likely be made sometime on Thursday after watching the two youngsters pitch today.  No pressure, huh?

Fox Sports Ohio will air Reds Live:  Season Preview on Thursday, April 1 at 6:30 pm.  Check out the website if you miss it because it will replay several times before Opening Day.

Speaking of Opening Day, Aaron Harang was rocked again yesterday, allowing five runs (four earned) on five hits in 4 2/3 innings.  Despite coming off two sub-par seasons and a shaky spring, Harang says he is ready to go for Monday.

After yesterday’s loss, which was Harang’s final tune-up for the season, Dusty Baker offered some encouraging words for Reds fans.  “I look beyond the results,” Baker said.  That’s fine for now, but he better start looking at the results on Monday.

ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian has selected his “Player to Watch” in the NL Central.

http://espn.go.com/videohub/player/embed.swf

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