Last season the Brewers had an offense that in the NL was 6th in runs scored (650), 8th in batting average (.250), 8th in on-base percentage (.311), and 4th in slugging (.397). They did so with the following players getting the majority of AB at their position. C: Jonathan Lucroy .301/.373/.465 1B: Mark Reynolds .196/.287/.394 […]

One of the first pieces of news we received this month was Bryan Price definitively saying Zack Cozart is the Reds’ starting shortstop. As C. Trent’s article explains, Cozart knew he had an abysmal year at the plate and while looking for flaws in his mechanics, found his hands were too far forward, throwing off […]

Michael Raymond Leake skipped the minor leagues entirely after being drafted by the Reds with the eighth pick in the 2009 draft. (Of the 49 first-rounders that year, Leake owns the third-highest career WAR. The first two guys are Mike Trout and Stephen Strasburg.) Now, Leake’s major-league debut actually didn’t come until April 11, 2010, […]

For people on the wrong end of their 20s like myself, the fact that Jay Bruce is entering his eighth season in the majors puts a whole new meaning to the idiom “time flies.” Let’s take a step back for a second and reevaluate Bruce’s path to the big leagues. The Beaumont, Texas, native was […]

Very few major leaguers ever have had the breakout season Devin Mesoraco did in 2014. That’s something many of us understood while we watched him last season, but the historical context Jeff Sullivan uncovered over at Fangraphs back in August really illustrated just how much of a jump he had made from 2013 (though his […]

We continue our series of preseason projections today with a player many are expecting big things from in 2015. Todd Frazier was one of the few bright spots from last season as we all know and he enters this season with heightened expectations, primarily that he’ll provide some consistency to a lineup is peppered with […]

[This is the second of two excerpts from my eBook, The Big Reds Preview. The book covers 30 Reds players over 142 pages. If you want to read previews like this for all those players, you can purchase it for $12.95.] Was Johnny Cueto’s 2014 really a breakthrough season? That was certainly the national narrative […]

[This post is the first of two excerpts from my eBook, The Big Reds Preview. The book covers 30 Reds players over 142 pages. If you want to read previews like this for all those players, you can purchase it for $12.95. Tomorrow, I’ll discuss expectations for pitcher Johnny Cueto.] No variable is more important […]

For the last few years, putting together projections for Reds pitchers has been relatively easy because we’ve known who was going to be in the rotation more or less from the start of spring. This year, we know three pieces of the puzzle, but not the last two. Correspondingly, I have to guess. It does […]

A few years ago, I took to doing in-depth projections for the Reds. The idea was to use the existing projection systems, but then tweak them based on the specialized knowledge that comes from following a team closely for years and years. Generally, I did pretty well, but then last year happened. It was, um, a […]

Well, it’s been hard at times, but I’ve made it through my preview for another year. Now, let’s take a quick look at how the Reds shape up and how many games I think they’ll win… First, the offense. I’m just going to look at WAR here. The number you see is how much better […]

Hoo-boy. Am I really supposed to talk about the bullpen? I guess I am. Um. It’s ugly. Or not. It depends. Yeah, yeah. It depends. I don’t know, let’s go ahead and do this… The Bullpen 2013: 470.1 IP, 9.4 K/9, 3.4 BB/9, 3.29 ERA 2013 WAR: 2.0 (FanGraphs), 5.5 (BBRef) 2013 RA-9: 5.6 2014 Best […]