The Dodgers’ payroll is $271 million, spending $50 million on players who aren’t on their roster. That total is more than double what the Reds are spending ($115 million). One view of that gap is that payroll spending isn’t correlated much with winning. The other view is that the difference of $156 million would pay […]

The Reds’ 2015 campaign can be broken down into four separate segments: Segment 1: The 4-0 start — remember Todd Frazier’s Opening Day thunderbolt? — and Bryan Price’s blow-up. Segment 2: Season-ending injuries to Devin Mesoraco and Homer Bailey as well as a nine-game losing streak in May curtailed any chance the Reds possessed at playoff contention. Segment […]

The Reds have been okay to watch since, like Tuesday or something, which is nice since trades and stuff and Cueto sadness and all that. Reds 4 Cardinals 3 |  Boxscore  |  Win Probability Good Things We got a nice little glimpse of the hoped-for future in the form of a very solid start from […]

Johnny Cueto didn’t give up an extra base hit, just four singles – none of which was hit particularly hard. I don’t believe there was anything wrong with Cueto today other than the emotion of it being the last game he’ll pitch for the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. It’s hard to command […]

If there was an All-Star team for city-wide event hosts, Bob Castellini and the city of Cincinnati would be Mike Trout. Kudos to them for throwing a gracious, thoughtful, fabulous affair. The bottom line was the guests had fun. In the end, the only thunder rumbled off of Todd Frazier’s bat and the only lightning flashes came […]

Let’s play a simple game: pairing two tradeable Reds and picking a team that would be the best destination for the set of players. (After all, the Reds best chance at a big return is for the club to package players.) Since Todd Frazier is not on the trading block, we’ll keep the list to […]

The All-Star break has finally arrived with Cincinnati and the Reds at center stage. The festivities are a wonderful showcase for an organization and city that has put a huge amount of thought and effort into the planning and preparation. We know how to throw a party. But it’s also an appropriate time to uncover […]

Jay Bruce has emerged from the depths of a nightmare April (.181/.310/.403) and has performed well enough from May until the present day to rebuild most — if not all — of whatever trade value he may have lost during his disastrous 2014 campaign. Don’t believe me? Well, let’s check on how Bruce’s 2015 numbers […]

[Pinch hitting for Mike Maffie who is back on thesis-defense vacation.] As of yesterday (not counting last night’s game) the Reds have played 70 of their 162 games. Let’s take a look at how the first-team hitters are doing. These tables are based on their stats compiled through Wednesday night’s game. Batting average (AVG) Walk-rate […]

Final — 13 innings R H E Cincinnati Reds (34-37) 5 17 2 Pittsburgh Pirates (40-32) 4 11 2 W: Villareal (1-2) L: Scahill (2-4) FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score The Good –Todd Frazier had three hits, including an RBI single in the first, and he tied the game with a two-run homer in […]

After trying baseball for a game without hitting a couple home runs, the Cincinnati Reds decided their project worked better with the long ball, as Joey Votto, Todd Frazier and Jay Bruce continue to carry the team’s offense. The latter two homered and Votto scored the easy way on both. Michael Lorenzen did his thing as […]

The Reds (31-35) have won three straight games and are rolling right now. Todd Frazier currently has a seven game hitting streak during which he has hit .367/.406/1.000. Let me repeat that: over the past seven games, the Toddfather has slugged 1.000 by way of five home runs, four doubles, and two singles. His wRC+ […]