Tim Hudson against Philly in a must-win game 162? Been there, done that

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First, the quote of the day from Mark Bradley of the Atlanta-Journal Constitution:

“Tim Hudson in the 162nd game. A team could do worse. For example: Derek Lowe in the 161st game …”

Yup.  And we know this is true for reasons beyond the fact that Lowe, on general principles, sucks.  We know that because the Braves were in the exact same position last year.  They had a big lead — though a softer, earlier one — for a playoff spot in 2010.  They blew it. Less of a collapse than it was Philly remembering that they were good and overtaking them, but they blew the lead regardless.  They stumbled on offense down the stretch and then, on the final game of the season, they needed a win from Tim Hudson against a Philly team with nothing to play for in order to secure a playoff spot.

The result last year: an 8-7 win over Philly, with Tim Hudson picking up the win after giving up four runs in seven innings. As will likely be the case tonight, last year Charlie Manuel used the game to give multiple starters some work. Cole Hamels pitched two innings. Joe Blanton and Roy Oswalt each pitched an inning. There’s no Danys Baez around this year to blow it like he did last year, but Manuel will likely give multiple bullpen arms some work.

Like they say in the mutual fund ads, past performance is no guarantee of future results. But the fact is, the Braves have been here before.

Scooter Gennett wins arbitration case against Reds

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The Reds lost their first arbitration case of the offseason, per a report from Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Second baseman Scooter Gennett was awarded the $5.7 million salary figure he was seeking from the team, a $600,000 bump over the $5.1 million they countered with last month.

Gennett, 27, is coming off of a career-best performance in 2017. After getting claimed off of waivers by the Reds last March, he broke out with an impressive .295/.342/.531 batting line, 27 home runs and 2.4 fWAR in 497 plate appearances. By season’s end, he ranked among the top five most productive second basemen in the National League (and 12th overall). He’s currently set to remain under team control through 2019.

Gennett was only the second Reds player to go to an arbitration hearing this winter. Fellow infielder Eugenio Suarez was defeated in arbitration last week and stands to make just $3.75 million compared to the $4.2 million he filed for in January. All 22 arbitration cases have now been resolved. Twelve were decided in favor of the players.