Is it too early to worry in Cincinnati?

It feels like the same old Reds, The bats are ok but the pitching is terrible. Now I know its only been 3 games, but 3 games are important. Schebler is not doing to hot, 0-10 to start the season, he don’t look ready at the plate, at all. He has 2 walks and 4 strikeouts, his defense is ok, but he has no wheels, Time to bring up Ervin for CF until Senzel is good. Puig is off to a slow start, finally getting his first hit last night vs the Brewers, and it came at a big time, with a 2 run double to bring the Reds back into the game still down 3-2. Suarez is getting off to a slow start too, 1-10 so far. I feel safe saying they will above .280 before the end of April. Now Barnhart must of lit a fire under his self with all the trade talk in the winter and to see the fans all hoping he would be traded, he’s starting the season very hot, with a .400 average and 1 walk, of course no one in front of him is getting on base so no RBI’s yet. Peraza is in mid season forum already, batting .364 1 HR and 1 RBI, and he has moved back to his natural 2B position. Votto is hitting .333 with 2 doubles and only 1 walk, has the MVP forgot how to walk? He’s moved to batting 2nd, so he’s getting different pitches and he looks not ready at all up there also, but he’s good at adapting. A couple huge off season signing sin Derek Dietrich and Jose Iglesias. Dietrich has been great off the bench, as a pinch hitter and also as a backup utility player, had the huge 3 run homerun on opening day to put the Reds in the lead. Iglesias is batting a .429, with 1 RBI. he’s been huge this year too, only 7 total at bats this year, he’s fallen victim to the double switch a few times so far this year.

Now time for pitching…Boy oh boy, has this been rough! first there’s a few bright spots here. Luis Castillo was able to quit the fans that questioned his ability to be the opening day starter, went 5.2 innings, 8 strike outs, 2 hits, 1 earned run to get a 1.59 ERA. He looked great out there, was loose and having fun. Lorenzen has 2.1 innings pitched no ERA, Garrett has 2 innings pitched with no ERA, Duke has 1.2 innings pitched with no ERA, Herandez has 1.1 innings pitched with no era, and Peralta has 1 innings pitched no ERA. Now the rough, Sonny Gray started on Sunday, 2.2 innings pitched 6.75 ERA. The temperature was 30 degrees, which has a lot to do with it, he just looked like he didn’t have all his stuff together out there. I’m not worried about him at all, he’ll get it together before the next start. Tanner Roark went 4.1 innings gave up 3 runs and 3 walks, all in the first inning, after that he settled down and got it together and went on a tear, but the high pitch count in the first inning hurt his chance of going far. Again, not worried about him going out the rest of the season also. One to worry about, Raisel Iglesias, has 2.1 innings with a 7.71 ERA, he just don’t have the same stuff that was there last year, the Reds just gave him that huge extension in the off season, was a huge trade bait that they held on to. I’m going to say its time to start worrying if he will be the same closer we had last year or if it was a 1 year wonder. Robert Stephenson is terrible, I haven’t liked this guy since the Reds drafted him, he has just never had it. he looks terrible on the mound, only has a couple good pitches, he just has to go. Is Jared Hughes past his prime? He’s been in for 1.2 innings and is the holder of a 5.40 ERA. Last year he was the best reliever the Reds had, with a 4-3 record 78.3 innings 1.94 ERA over 72 games with 59 strike outs, Mr. Reliable.

The NL Central is a very tough division on paper. So far is seems like the Brewers are going to run away with the division, and the rest of the 4 teams are performing way below what they should doing, I still think the Reds will win 87 games and get the home wildcard spot, I really hope they keep Kemp in over Winker and get Schebler out of there, once Scooter comes back that’ll be a huge bat too. should be a great season moving forward and I haven’t been this excited for Reds baseball since 2012 season.

March Madness!

A 2 seed in the South. Couldn’t of asked for a better seed and region to be in. The Vols play Friday vs Colgate Raiders. Colgate is one of the best 3 point shooting teams in the nation, and well Tennessee seems to struggle against 3 point teams. One man on Colgate names Jordan Burns, is one of the top Guards in the country, averaging 20 points a game. In the Patriot league Championship game he got 35 points, 2 rebounds, 6 assist and went 9 for 12 from 3 point range, they are an overall well put together team, and as you know the Patriot league teams are very dangerous come March.

Tennessee starts play in Columbus, OH, if Tennessee wins round one then in the 2nd round they will play the winner of Iowa vs Cincinnati, which Cincinnati is only an hour and a half south west, Virtually a home game for the Bearcats. With all that being said there are a couple things here. Cincinnati is a good team, but they play in a very weak conference, the AAC only has Houston in it. The Bearcats haven’t played anyone this year worth anything besides Houston. A Cincinnati that lost to Ohio State to open the season, Mississippi St handled them with ease, and East Carolina who finished the season 10-21 and missed the tourney. Houston beat them twice in the regular season and then the Cats beat them to win the AAC tournament. Bearcats have the AAC player of the year in Jarron Cumberland, But that’s all they have, Keith Williams averages 10 points a game and he’s the closet to Cumberland. Iowa is a decent team, and I personally have them beating Cincinnati in the first round. Iowa is a depth team, not one player with a great average, but they’re all around 15 points a game, even the players off the bench.

The South region is the easiest region in my eyes. Virginia is the number 1 seed, which they have been off and on all season. There is not a team in this region that I see and I get worried about playing. This should be a cake walk to the Final Four for the Vols. If they get to the Final Four the Midwest has some scary teams in it, that would make an interesting matchup, with North Carolina, Kentucky, Houston, Kansas and of course Auburn.

This should be a great month of basketball and I’m excited to go to Minnesota and watch my Vols cut the nets down!

Tennessee vs Kentucky

Boy oh boy, what a day in Nashville! The boys got off to a wonderful start, it got a little out of hand after half time, but never gave up and got to pull out the W! Surprise, Alexander had another off day, fouled out with 10 min left in the 2nd half, terrible game all around for him. 2 points, 3 rebounds, And that’s not going to cut it. If this team wants to get deep into the tournament and play in Minnesota Kyle needs to get his act together or find someone that can. Turner came up huge with the final 3, but that’s about all that he did, 7 points, 3 rebounds. Turner has the best defense Tennessee has, but today it was not there. Williams had a very rocky start, only having 4 points until about 12 min left in the 2nd half, but he got a couple free throws and was able to get dialed in and ended the game strong with 20 points and 7 rebounds. Schofield was, well Schofield. Ended with 21 points, and had a couple huge shots in the end to seal the game.

Got to play a tough Auburn team for the championship, Auburn and Florida came down to the wire in the first game. Auburn is a very dangerous 3 point shooting team, they have 2 great shooters and you control them, you win, its that simple. Bryce Brown averages 16 points a game, and in the win against Tennessee last week he had 16 points and 3 rebounds. Their other player is Jared Harper, averages 15 points a game and in the game vs Tennessee he got 16 points and 3 rebound as well, also 8 assists. The wild card in the first match up was Chuma Okeke, he only averages 11 points a game, but in the Tennessee game he went off, scoring 22 points, 5 boards. this should be a very interesting match up, that if played smart, should be a walk in the park for the Vols.

Now here is my unpopular opinion. Turner needs to be off the bench, yes he hit the big shot today, and he is amazing in the clutch, But for the rest of the game he’s off. Alexander needs replaced by Pons, Pons is a strong mini Grant Williams, Alexanders 2 points a game isn’t helping. Bowden is wonderful off the bench, lets give him the start over Turner and let Turner come in for foul trouble and any other time that’s needed,

Tennessee vs Miss St

Wow…just wow. An overall amazing performance by the Vols! Start was a little slow, but we got it together in the middle. Williams got into foul trouble early and, well that’s ok, he wasn’t really needed, let him rest up for Kentucky. Tennessee went the whole first half with not even going to the free throw line, crazy, but I don’t care how many free throws we have, all that matters is that W! Admiral Schofield with a top notch game, 20 points, and the dunk of the year! Very good to see Alexander finally get it together with 9 rebounds and 16 points. Turner was still ice cold, 2 rebounds and only 5 points, 8 assist did help out. Bowden came off the bench and got 10 points, which was great, especially with Williams early foul trouble.

Now tomorrow with rubber match with Kentucky. As we all know, UK kicked our behind earlier in Rupp, but Tennessee got their revenge in Knoxville, huge game in a neutral site. Tennessee hasn’t won the SEC tournament since 1976, In my mind who ever wins tomorrow will win the championship. Florida plays Auburn in the early game for the championship. A win by Florida will be a better matchup for the Vols, Auburn is a very dangerous team and it will be a rough win, Tennessee played Florida twice and handled that very easy. I hope to see Tennessee in the the championship and hope to get that number 1 seed!

Who am I

First off, Hello! And if you’re reading this blog thank you! I’m a 26 Year old ex-deputy sheriff, still trying to get back into the field, but for now I’m going to do what I really want to do during my off time, and write about it just to help clear my mind and also help anyone else I can if possible. I was born in Oak Ridge, TN moved up to Cincinnati at age of 3. I love anything outdoors, I go hiking, tent camping, kayaking every chance I get. I also love my sports, anything Tennessee Vol related, I follow the Reds and the Bengals really heavy also. starting to get into hockey, but still don’t understand it that much. Not to sure what I’m doing, but I’m going to just do it and hope someone enjoys it! Thank you.

Tennessee vs Miss St preview

The Vols take on Mississippi St on the 15th, Miss St is coming off a dominating performance against Texas A&M with an 80-54 win. Tennessee played Miss St once this season, with the Vols winning 71-54. The Vols key to winning this game will come down to their 6th man, the last few games have been rough to say the least, in the loss to Auburn, Alexander had 4 points in 24 min, Turner had 5 points in 35 min, and 1-8 in 3 pointers. Jordan Bone had a decent game at 17 points in 37 min, but only 2-8 from 3 points. Tennessee only lost by 4 points so Turner and Bone need to get a better look from behind the arch or don’t take the shot. Bowden from the bench got 16 points in 31 min, 3-7 from 3 point range. Miss St has a very good depth from the bench, with 4 strong players and 3 more with good experience if needed. Need to limit Peters and Carters in their 3 point shooting, Weatherspoon is the best player on the Bulldogs, average 18.5 points, but Tennessee has the 2 time SEC player of the year in Grant Williams. Averaging 19.3 points and 7.7 rebounds, strong inside and can shoot from behind the arch when needed, and when he goes to the line, he don’t miss. Should be a good game, I’m going with my Vols winning 75-60, going on to play the winner of Alabama and Kentucky.