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Rotowire: Apr 24 / 11:38p ET
News: Badenhop's early struggles continued Friday, as he gave up four runs in the 11th inning to get the loss against the Cubs.
Impact: Badenhop's calling card is that he's a supreme ground ball pitcher, inducing ground balls at a 3.14 GB/FB rate last season. It's early, but that rate is down to 1.86 heading into Friday night, and his average fastball velocity has dropped from 89.3 mph to 87.4 mph.
Rotowire: Apr 21 / 11:10p ET
News: Badenhop allowed his second homer in as many days Tuesday, giving up a grand slam by Elian Herrera, the first batter he faced on the night.
Impact: J.J. Hoover walked the bases loaded prior to Badenhop's arrival. Given that Badenhop's calling card is to induce ground balls, the back-to-back homers allowed is disturbing.
Rotowire: Mar 20 / 11:13a ET
News: Badenhop won't likely be the Reds' set-up man, even though he's got a decent track record and is pitching well this spring, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. "I think he's that situational guy when you need that ground ball because he's so good and adept at that situation," manager Bryan Price said.
Impact: There isn't really a locked-in setup guy right now. Sam LeCure didn't have a good season last year, Jumbo Diaz is somewhat untested, and the other options all have similar flaws. This could be an ongoing audition for the job.