The Young Arms
2016 Reds

The Young Arms

The Reds have played 59 consecutive and 105 total games with a rookie starting pitcher this season. Here’s the complete roll call: Anthony DeSclafani (30), Michael Lorenzen (21), Raisel Iglesias (16), Keyvius Sampson (11), John Lamb (9), David Holmberg (6), Josh Smith (6), Brandon Finnegan (3) and Jon Moscot (3). While an organizational transition to … Continue reading

Can the Reds succeed with Brandon Finnegan where they failed with Aroldis Chapman?
2015 Reds

Can the Reds succeed with Brandon Finnegan where they failed with Aroldis Chapman?

We know Brandon Finnegan wants to be a starter. We know the Reds harbor the same feelings. But can prudence and patience prevail over rushed, unsound logic in the Reds’ latest reliever-to-starter experiment? To Bryan Price’s credit, everything we’ve heard points to him pining for Aroldis Chapman to start during his days as Dusty Baker’s … Continue reading

Can a ‘reboot’ lead to contention for the 2017 Reds?
Spotlight on the Future

Can a ‘reboot’ lead to contention for the 2017 Reds?

The Reds’ 2015 campaign can be broken down into four separate segments: Segment 1: The 4-0 start — remember Todd Frazier’s Opening Day thunderbolt? — and Bryan Price’s blow-up. Segment 2: Season-ending injuries to Devin Mesoraco and Homer Bailey as well as a nine-game losing streak in May curtailed any chance the Reds possessed at playoff contention. Segment … Continue reading

Last Gasps
Reds - General

Last Gasps

If they stick around long enough, baseball general managers tend to get reputations. Jim “Ralph” Bowden would chase a five tool prospect for years. Wayne Krivsky never met a two-year contract extension he didn’t like. Billy Beane’s approach was detailed in Moneyball, while Brian Sabean is perceived to put more emphasis on scouting and intangibles.  The reality is never this simple, … Continue reading