Patience Please
2015 Reds

Patience Please

Way back in 2012, the Reds had one of the best rotations in baseball with Johnny Cueto, Homer Bailey, Mat Latos, Bronson Arroyo, and Mike Leake all making at least 30 starts. Those were the days. On the backs of those arms (what?), the Reds won 97 games and a division championship. Fast forward three … Continue reading

Adiós, Johnny Béisbol
Cuetomania

Adiós, Johnny Béisbol

They say good-byes come in waves. That’s been true in my experience. I’m bracing for another one. The Reds’ place in the standings and the harsh financial reality of baseball will conspire to produce a tsunami of farewells. With news breaking today that the club has traded Johnny Cueto to Kansas City, it’s started. * * * In … Continue reading

The next closer
2015 Reds

The next closer

Here’s the conventional wisdom about J.J. Hoover: Hoover had two pretty good years (2012, 2013) in the Reds bullpen, then was terrible last year. Marty Brennaman recently referred to Hoover’s 2014 season as one of the worst any reliever has ever had. Hoover has bounced back strongly this year. That’s the standard tale and there’s a superficial … Continue reading