Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips won his fourth Rawlings Gold Glove Award tonight. He had previously won in 2008, 2010 and 2011. Last season, Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney won the award. Jay Bruce, the other Reds player nominated, did not win the award for right fielders. For the full list of winners go […]

In the latest edition of Redleg Nation Radio, Bill Lack and I have the final word on the 2013 season. Of course, after that season we just witnessed, there was a lot to discuss. Hence, we’re bringing it to you in two parts. Part one was posted yesterday, and today we have part two. Enjoy! […]

Didi and Gogo, those lost souls awaiting the mysterious, never-to-arrive Godot in Samuel Beckett’s absurdist tragicomedy have nothing on Reds’ fans, abandoned for yet another Fall, left out in the playoff cold, waiting for our Godot—Post-season Relevance—to finally bless us with his presence. Now, as the wait goes on for the next manager to be […]

In the latest edition of Redleg Nation Radio, Bill Lack and I have the final word on the 2013 season. Of course, after that season we just witnessed, there was a lot to discuss. Hence, we’re bringing it to you in two parts. Here’s part one; part two will be posted tomorrow. Enjoy! (And sorry […]

Those who saw Bob Castellini’s face during and after Tuesday night’s game were not surprised by this morning’s decision.   Chris

Mark Sheldon’s story at the Reds site is the place to start. Regarding the rest of the coaches: There was no announcement regarding changes on the coaching staff. “That will be determined after we hire a manager,” Jocketty said. “Several of them are still under contract. Once we hire a manager, then we’ll review the coaches […]

Here are some quotes from the players after the wild card game loss, from the Cincinnati Enquirer or Mark Sheldon:  Joey Votto: “I think the thing that stood out the most this year was the defense,” Votto said. “That two-month stretch where I probably made seven or eight errors was really frustrating.” Votto led major […]

Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle…. FINAL Pittsburgh 6 Cincinnati 2 W: F. Liriano (1-0) L: J. Cueto (0-1) BOX SCORE POSITIVES –Ryan Ludwick and Todd Frazier came to play tonight. Ludwick went 3-4 with two doubles. Frazier had a double and made two very nice defensive plays. Frazier also very nearly hit a homer that […]

I’m excited.  I’m nervous.  I’m sick. I’m anxious. I’m a mixed bag of emotions right now.  One game to decide the fate of the 2013 season.  Win and advance.  Lose and your season is over.  The roster has been announced.  All that is left to do now is play the game. The Reds and Pirates […]

The Reds released their roster for tonight’s Wild Card play-in game. No, none of these guys are on it. Pirates roster is here. Josh Harrison, Princeton High School grad and Cincinnati native made it. Joe West will be the home plate umpire. Here’s an article at FanGraphs discussing West’s strike zone. Burn this into your identity. […]

The Cincinnati Reds, the baseball team we cheer for, is still playing. The two teams in New York City can’t say that, including the one with a payroll over $200 million. The two teams in Chicago can’t say that. They both finished in last place. Last year’s World Series champion can’t say that. Ten games […]

As the Cincinnati Reds enter their final regular season series of 2013, the only thing left to decide for the Redlegs is where the Wild Card game will be played. Lose the series, and the team will make a day trip to Pittsburgh. Win the series, and they can sleep at home a couple of nights, playing the Wild Card round at Great American Ballpark.

These two teams just faced each other last weekend. Steve wrote a great preview on that series and covered all of Pittsburgh’s offensive and bullpen notes. This weekend’s series promises some great starting pitcher matchups.

PROBABLE STARTERS

Fri 7:10 Age IP K/9 BB/9 SwStr% ERA FIP xFIP GB%
A.J. Burnett (R) 36 183 10.0 3.2 10.6 3.39 2.76 2.91 56.6
Homer Bailey (R) 27 204 8.6 2.2 10.9 3.40 3.19 3.26 45.9

Tonight’s game is a rematch of last Saturday’s game. It was the only game the Reds lost that weekend. Each starting pitcher surrendered two earned runs, though Bailey was also on the mound for two unearned runs, which ended up being the difference in the game.

In three starts against Cincinnati this year, Burnett has a 3.38 ERA in 18.2 innings. He walked eight while striking out 28. Bailey has also faced the Pirates three times this season. He has a 3.50 ERA in 18 innings, while walking just 5 and striking out 23.

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