Way back at the beginning of this fateful season, when some of us were convinced the Reds could sneak into the playoffs, I decided to make some predictions. My crystal ball was full of optimism, hopeful that young players could step forward and that the front office would do something, anything that made sense. I […]

Matt Harvey pitched for the Reds tonight instead of Robert Stephenson, Cody Reed or Lucas Sims. If it’s the case that the Reds couldn’t attract a decent offer for Harvey before the trade deadline, it’s hard to see that prospect improving much, if at all. How long will the Reds keep giving valuable rotation opportunities […]

It’s a monumental day in Great American Ball Park today: Joey Votto Funko Pop day. If that doesn’t give the Reds (46-58) the motivation to win, who knows what will? First pitch against the Phillies (58-45) is set for 6:40 p.m. ET. Starting Pitchers Name IP ERA xFIP K% BB% Vince Velasquez 102.1 4.05 3.81 […]

My latest piece for Cincinnati Magazine: Let’s play a game, shall we? I’m going to show you the stat lines of two MLB pitchers, and you tell me which is the more valuable. Let me remind you: This is only an exhibition. This is not a competition. Please, no wagering. Starts IP W-L ERA K/9 […]

A trade deadline slam-bang on the tail of the All-Star Game is cruel. Baseball in July forces us to sift through the current best while simultaneously looking to what a team might look like in the next two, five, ten seasons. These are all-organization, all-fan tasks. This July finds me deep-purging my to-be-scrapbooked folders. It’s […]

It was the summer of 2013. Dusty Baker’s Cincinnati Reds won 90 games and qualified for the postseason for the third time in four seasons. In contrast, the Chicago Cubs finished 66-96, posting the second-worst record in baseball. The Cubs chose a third baseman out of the University of San Diego with the second pick […]

Drafted by the Reds in the first round of the 2007 MLB draft, Devin Mesoraco was one of those homegrown players who everyone thought could be the next franchise catcher. And he was! Unfortunately, however, it was short-lived. Mesoraco made his MLB debut on September 3, 2011 at the age of 23 against the St. […]

The Harvey effect is real. Since acquiring Matt Harvey from the Mets on May 8th the Reds have won 6 of 7 games. They just recently had their longest win streak of the season snapped and have looked like a completely different team than they did two weeks ago. Harvey’s pitching expertise has clearly rubbed […]

The Reds have made a habit of picking pitchers up off the scrap heap and later flipping them for promising young players who have shaped today’s roster. In 2014, they turned Alfredo Simon, a former waiver-wire addition, into eventual third baseman of the future Eugenio Suarez. In 2017, they dealt another waiver claim, Dan Straily, […]

Well. Now that we have settled the question of what to do with Cleveland, we now turn to grudges at large, a difficult subject, as evidenced by the stunned face of Devin Mesoraco watching his teammates of 90 minutes ago from the visitor’s dugout. Devin Mesoraco in a #Mets uniform pic.twitter.com/kAHaUJqwFn — Joe Danneman (@FOX19Joe) […]

It’s an emergency edition of the Redleg Nation Radio podcast! Jason Linden joined me to discuss the acquisition of Matt Harvey in exchange for longtime friend of the podcast, Devin Mesoraco. The conversation, however, eventually returned to the way the Cincinnati front office is conducting this rebuilding process. The results aren’t pretty, as you might […]

The Short Version: Hours after trading Devin Mesoraco for Matt Harvey, the Reds win their ninth game of the season. The trade is clearly a complete success. Final R H E New York Mets (18-16) 2 6 1 Cincinnati Reds (9-27) 7 12 0 W: Castillo (2-4) L: Vargas (0-3) FanGraphs Win Probability | Box […]