Trading the pitchers
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Trading the pitchers

Plenty of attention has focused on what trades, if any, the Reds should pursue at the upcoming trade deadline. But a more defining moment for Walt Jocketty’s career with the Reds will likely come in the next twelve months when the organization confronts the issue of what to do with their starting pitchers. Johnny Cueto, … Continue reading

BABIP
2014 Reds

BABIP

How many times this year have you witnessed Billy Hamilton’s defensive range save a run or two? Or Zack Cozart’s sparkling play at shortstop? Or Jay Bruce’s rifle of an arm? Or Brandon Phillips’ Gold Glove performance? Plenty. As a result, fewer balls put into play by hitters tend to fall in for hits, doubles … Continue reading

An Arms Race
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An Arms Race

Yesterday at NBC sports, Joe Posnanski wrote about Rick Porcello’s zero-walk, zero-strikeout shutout. Porcello’s complete game for the Detroit Tigers was the first time since 1989 that a pitcher has managed to shutout a team without recording a strikeout or a walk. Yet, as Posnanski notes, baseball used to see these games every few years. Between … Continue reading