In the hours up until the first pitch of Thursday’s afternoon contest, it wasn’t looking like it would be a comfortable debut for Robert Stephenson. Temperatures in the mid-40s felt colder with the blustery wind gusts and drizzling rain. A brave group of 10,784 came to the ballpark to greet Stephenson to the majors. Yet, […]

For as much major league talent Cincinnati has shipped out over the last eight months, there hasn’t been as much uncertainty about the 2016 roster as one might assume. By and large, the starting infield is set and a couple failed attempts at trading Jay Bruce mean he’ll flank Billy Hamilton in right field for […]

The long slog towards the finish line continues for the Reds, with the games that come and go becoming something like the slash marks a shipwrecked survivor might make to count the days which have passed. All that’s left is a somewhat ignominious race among the lesser teams in baseball. The prize, of course, is […]

I’ve been a little cranky all week, having returned to Cincinnati on Saturday from a week spent all along the beautiful, jagged coast of Maine. Perhaps you can understand why. My mind is still reeling from now being 600 miles from the ocean when not long ago I was always in sight of the Atlantic. […]

It was a real shame to see Zack Cozart’s season end on a routine sprint to first base. Everything was going right for the guy for the first time in years: His walk rate, a career high (6.5%). His strikeout rate, the lowest of his career (13.6%). The result through 53 games was his best […]

There’s just a week and change left in August—after that calendar page turns every MLB team will be able to bring up any or all of the members of their 40-man roster in their respective minor league systems. The Reds have 14 gentlemen who fit such a description, six of whom are position players. Barring […]

In the buildup to and aftermath of the Trade Deadline, Anthony DeSclafani has quietly posted his two finest starts since April 20—against (arguably) the best team in baseball, no less. Disco had been mired in mediocrity prior to that, coming off a recent glut of outings where he was very hittable, throwing too many pitches […]

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Walt Jocketty did well to turn the remainder of Mike Leake’s contract into Keury Mella, a nearly 22 year-old starter with a high ceiling, albeit yet another one in an organization now overstuffed with them. Disregarding the redundancy of the return, snagging one of the best arms in another team’s farm system for the oft-undervalued […]

The more I read about John Lamb, the more I like him. Though Brandon Finnegan is the familiar name and Cody Reed has the fastest rising stock, Lamb could be the first of the trio to make an impact at the major league level. Royals fans were clamoring for him to get the call-up early […]

A team on the verge of disassembly invariably begs questions of its future. We know that next year the Reds will be sans Johnny Cueto, Mike Leake, Marlon Byrd (unless, somehow, that option vests), Brayan Peña, Manny Parra, and Sean Marshall with Skip Schumaker ($2.5MM club option, $500k buyout) and Burke Badenhop ($4MM mutual option, […]

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[Or: A story of warring impulses] This is going to be a bit of a departure from how I’ve normally written on this site. I have to confess, I didn’t watch last night’s game. Perhaps it was the delayed start time and the waves of Tuesday rainstorms that also served to dampen my mood. I […]

Tonight’s game is a number in an undefined countdown. We only have a handful of opportunities left to watch Johnny Cueto spin magic while wearing Cincinnati red. The countdown might stop in July (it should) or it may last until the first week of October; either way the days of Cueto as a Red are […]