Jason Linden had an interesting piece over at Cincinnati Magazine yesterday: I know you remember 2010 just as well as I do. The Reds were good. Really good. And it had been a long time since that had happened. Joey Votto won the MVP and Johnny Cueto started to become Johnny Cueto. It was a […]

Aaron Harang probably – hopefully – pitched his last game as a Cincinnati Red yesterday. He was ineffective, as he was in his first start back from the DL, and frankly, as he’s been for large parts of the last three seasons. Harang’s contract is up at the end of this season (the Reds get […]

I’m always interested in reading about what goes on behind-the-scenes of baseball front offices. As a bonus to the topic in today’s Baseball Tonight Clubhouse online article, ESPN’s J.P. Ricciardi shares a couple of Reds-related trade deadline stories. First, the Scott Rolen trade was almost undone by technical difficulties. As we were trying to send […]

How frustrated have I become with the state of the Reds bullpen? Well, last night, I tweeted that the Reds really need to place a surreptitious phone call to David Weathers. John Fay placed that call today. Chad DotsonBlame Chad for creating this mess. Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing […]

Remember how bad the Reds have been the last two years? Dusty Baker is happy to tell us it wasn’t his fault. This year, finally, the Reds have given him the players he wants. But really, Dusty wants to make sure that we don’t forget, especially as contract extensions are discussed, all that losing the […]

I’m putting out a call for research help from you PitchF/X-savvy readers. Watching Homer’s start last night, I was struck by how little he threw inside. Ramon Hernandez was catching. I also noticed, and we’ve discussed, how Aaron Harang seemed to throw inside more in his last start, with Ryan Hanigan behind the plate. What […]

It isn’t a difficult concept to understand: your leadoff hitter needs to get on base at a good clip so that the big bats behind him can drive him home. Well, take a look at this disaster: Dusty Baker’s primary leadoff hitters: [table id=23 /] No, it isn’t difficult to understand, but Dusty Baker is […]

The Reds are 7-7 when Scott Rolen plays this year. They’re 1-4 when he’s out. They were 27-13 in his games last year, after the trade. In the 20 games Rolen missed after joining the Reds, they were 6-14. So, in Rolen’s three months, the Reds are 30-24 (.556) with him, 7-25 (.213) without him. […]

Well, kinda. If the right team calls, David Weathers says he’ll listen, but it doesn’t sound like the phone is ringing off the hook. I will freely admit that my dislike for Weathers has been completely irrational. He always seemed like a great guy, his teammates clearly liked him, and he really had some great […]

How much can one player add to a team? I read the other day at the website of baseball stats legend Bill James that Albert Pujols‘s value to the Cardinals is that the…

“Cardinals start out six-eight games over .500 because of Pujols. Everybody else has to make it up somehow. “

James now works in the front office for the Boston Red Sox.
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Okay…I’m about to post something which probably isn’t going to be very popular on a number of different levels, but I believe it needs to be said.

I don’t think the Reds will win as many games in 2010 as they did in 2009; that is, they will win fewer than 78 games. How many, I don’t know, but somewhere between 71 and 78.

Why do I feel this way?

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Fanhouse has published a story about Dusty Baker and the possible abuse of pitching arms. Guilty or misconstrued? You decide and discuss… stevepriceredlegnation