Baseball Strategy

Matt Kemp (Photo: Doug Gray)

Pros and Cons of Swinging at the First Pitch

The Reds, as a team, hit for a considerably better average when they put the first pitch of an at-bat into play as opposed to all balls put into play on any pitch of a sequence, both last season and so far this season.

A 120-inning reliever?

A starting pitcher has a larger impact on a baseball team than does a reliever. That claim is as much a matter of opinion as the operation of addition. Full-time starters throw 180-220 innings in a single seaso... Read More...

In Defense of The Closer

With a bolstered cadre of arms, bullpen management has become a hot topic in the Nation. How should Rasiel Iglesias be used to limit his risk of injury? What about Michael Lorenzen? Is Tony Cingrani the closer?... Read More...

Let’s Discuss Lineups

First, you bring the perps into the... wait. No.  Baseball lineups.  Ok. As has been discussed on numerous game previews and game threads on this very site, we all know that lineup construction doesn't m... Read More...

Looking for Relief

The struggles of the 2015 Reds’ bullpen have been pretty glaring. It’s not just that the relief corps has blown some saves, because they only have 9, which ties them with the Royals, Nationals, an... Read More...

The Low Cost of Big Contracts

This post is sort of a follow-on piece to Steve’s excellent discussion of player value: https://redlegnation.com/2015/04/20/the-value-of-players/. You don’t have to have read his post to understan... Read More...