The Reds pitching staff has been largely terrible in 2016. A whopping 31 pitchers (and Tyler Holt) took the mound for the club, allowing an MLB record 251 home runs (as of Tuesday night) and posting a collective 0.0 fWAR as a group, the third-worst mark in baseball history. While the overall numbers make it look […]

As the 2016 regular season winds down, the Reds will face a litany of questions heading into the offseason. At the top of that list is determining what the starting rotation will look like and whether to use their two most talented pitchers — Raisel Iglesias and Michael Lorenzen — in starting roles. That decision, […]

The Reds have used 30 pitchers this season, and that number could very well reach 32 once recent call-ups Abel De Los Santos and Matt Magill appear in a game. Most of those pitchers won’t be around next year. Some are already off the roster. Others are competing for a spot on next year’s club. Keyvius Sampson […]

Let’s start this week’s column off with a comparison of 2016 stats for two pitchers. Any guesses as to who Player B is? Here’s a hint: he’s a former Red. That’s right, it’s none other than Johnny Cueto. With Cueto out of the picture in Cincinnati for over a year, Anthony DeSclafani has quietly become the […]

This season has been a roller coaster for Brandon Finnegan. When I wrote my most recent column about him four weeks ago, he was among the worst qualified starters in a number of areas (ERA, FIP, xFIP, K%, BB%) after a rough stretch of starts. But in the month of August, he’s started to show some […]

Homer Bailey and Johnny Cueto are undoubtedly two of the most successful pitchers in recent Reds history. The former has tossed two no-hitters — one of only 26 pitchers in baseball history to do so — and the latter is one of the Reds’ all-time greats. Neither of their careers started out very well, though. From the […]

To put it mildly, it’s been a bumpy season for Reds hurlers. At times, the pitching staff — especially the bullpen — has been unwatchable. Things have gotten considerably better as players have returned from injury, but the unit still ranks among the worst in baseball by most measures. The Reds have the highest FIP (5.33), […]

People around baseball have been asking the same question since Brandon Finnegan was drafted by the Kansas City Royals with the 17th overall pick in the 2014 draft: can he be a major-league starter in the long run? No one has ever doubted his talent. But his smaller frame, seemingly max-effort delivery, and bouts of wildness […]

When it comes to overall value, a starting pitcher is worth far more than a reliever. In 2015, the Indians’ Cody Allen had the highest fWAR of any relief pitcher in baseball at 2.6. Among the 77 qualified starting pitchers in the league, 44 reached that number. This year, the most valuable reliever has been […]

Last week, we dove in to exit velocity for pitchers to see if we could reach any conclusions about what it means. While there was a lot of interesting data, the results didn’t yield many definitive conclusions. There simply wasn’t much to connect between a pitcher’s overall performance and how hard batters are hitting the […]

Statcast has unleashed a bevy of new, fascinating data for baseball fans to take in that will only get more interesting and helpful in evaluating players as time goes on. Last week, I broke down a relatively new concept to the world of baseball in spin rates, what they mean for each pitch, and which Reds pitchers […]

In recent years, many new methods to evaluate pitchers have emerged. With stats like FIP, xFIP, and SIERA, we now have the ability to more accurately measure a pitcher’s true skill, independent of the defense behind him that can make him look better or worse. Tracking systems like PITCHf/x identify every pitch thrown, along with the […]