Pitcher John Lamb was one of three pitching prospects acquired in the Johnny Cueto trade involving the Kansas City Royals. He makes his first ever MLB start tonight against the Dodgers. In AAA Omaha/Louisville, he has pitched very well. He has a 10-2 record with a 2.67 ERA this year in the Minors. Lamb will try to silence the Dodgers’ hitting, who are in first place. Thursday night, the Reds won 10-3 over LA, handing former Reds pitcher Mat Latos a loss.
The Cincinnati Reds traded their ace, Johnny Cueto, to the Kansas City Royals Sunday. Cueto has pitched exclusively for the reds and last year finished second for the NL Cy Young Award. Cueto won 20 games in 2014, as well. This year Cueto’s ERA is well below 3.00 and has a record of 7-6.
Despite the loss of a proven ace, the Reds received three top prospects, all left-handed pitchers from the Royals. Brandon Finnegan is the headliner of the three, as he is the only player to pitch in both the College World Series and MLB World Series in the same year. Cody Reed will join Finnegan in Triple-A Louisville, and John Lamb will be sent to Double-A Pensacola.
Further Reds trade rumors are swirling with names such as Jay Bruce, Aroldis Chapman, Mike Leake, and Marlon Byrd mentioned.
Cincinnati, Ohio was the center of national attention this past week. As host of the 2015 All-Star Game, the Queen City prepared for several tourists. A list of festivities began with T-Mobile Fanfest (Fri-Tue). Saturday included the 5K Color Run and a Demi Lovato Concert. Sunday involved the Sirius-XM Futures Game and Taco Bell All-Star Legends and Celebrities Softball game. The Home Run Derby was held on Monday night. This was likely the highlight of all of the attention this week. Cincinnati Reds 3B Todd Frazier was victorious in front of the hometown crowd in a new Home Run Derby format. Tuesday was the All-Star Game, featuring a presentation of Reds’ Franchise Four and MLB’s Franchise Four. The American League won the game, by defeating the National League 6-3. Mike Trout won his second straight ASG MVP Award.
The Bearcats football team will finish the 2014 season in Annapolis, MD for the Military Bowl. The Cincinnati Bearcats (9-3) will play the Virginia Tech Hokies (6-6) at 1:00 PM, Saturday. ESPN will televise the game. After a 2-3 start, Cincinnati has won seven consecutive games, and winning a share of the American Athletic Conference. Virginia Tech has had a .500 season, which to VT standards, is disappointing. However, they remain the only team to beat Ohio State, a September game in Columbus.
The Cincinnati Bengals clinched the AFC North with a 42-14 romp over the Minnesota Vikings. QB Andy Dalton threw for 366 yards and 4 TD’s. The win paired with a Baltimore Ravens loss, gave the Bengals their third division title in nine years. Cincinnati has a home playoff game, but is currently the third seed in the AFC. The top two seeds receive a first-round bye. The Bengals, 10-5, play host to the Ravens in the regular season finale Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium. New England plays host to Buffalo. If New England loses, and the Bengals win, the no.2 seed will go the Bengals.
The Cincinnati Bearcats lost to #19 Louisville Thursday night, 31-24 in overtime. A sold out crowd of over 36,000 people witnessed the most dramatic game of the season for the Bearcats. Louisville jumped out to a 10-0 lead thanks in large part to QB Teddy Bridgewater. Cincinnati scored two TD’s, and took the lead 14-10, heading into the fourth quarter. The final quarter was back and forth. Bridgewater led Louisville to a TD to make it 17-14. Cincinnati responded with a rushing TD, 21-17. But Teddy Bridgewater could not be stopped, as he made an incredible 4th down conversion via running. Then he made an acrobatic touchdown pass. Cincinnati’s Brendon Kay drove the Bearcats to the red zone. A field goal by Tony Miliano sent the game to OT. In the first OT, Louisville benefitted from a penalty, and scored on a rushing TD. Cincinnati failed to convert on four downs, as a dropped pass ended the game. Louisville improves to 11-1 (7-1 AAC), while Cincinnati goes to 9-3 (6-2 AAC).
Final American Athletic Conference Standings *=Bowl Eligible
Cincinnati is now headed to the Belk Bowl vs. North Carolina (6-6) of the ACC. This will be the second straight appearance for the Bearcats in the Belk Bowl. The game will be held in Charlotte, NC on December 28 (Sat.).
Cincinnati defeated San Diego 17-10, Sunday afternoon. The Bengals were able to score touchdowns on a rushing TD and a passing TD. Bengals QB Andy Dalton threw for 1 TD and 1 INT, as well as 190 yards passing. Bengals WR AJ Green had 5 catches for 83 yards including a TD. Cincinnati RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis one rushing TD, and 90 yards rushing. The Chargers had three turnovers, while the Bengals had two. Cincinnati improves to 8-4, and San Diego drops to 5-7.
AFC North Standings