Football teams traditionally schedule their Homecoming games in October or November. Johnny Cueto’s Cincinnati Homecomings have an early-May pattern. In 2016, his first full year away from the Reds, he pitched at Great American Ball Park for the Giants on May 3. A year and four days later, it’s time for round number two. Probably […]

The Reds played the LA Angels at Goodyear Ballpark today. The weather was beautiful, if maybe still a few degrees too warm for my taste. The ballpark here is one of the newest in the Cactus League, which might explain why it is less developed than other ones. It’s still much nicer than pre-renovation Ed […]

Narrative #1: The Reds have the worst bullpen in history. For the first three months of the season, this was impossible to contest, whether you used old metrics or new fangled ones. Just a few weeks into the season, Rob Carpenter posted here about the historical aspect of the bullpen’s performance. About a month later, […]

Atlanta’s Rebuild Binder is the full monty of reboot. The theory is they’ll be ready to compete next year when they move into their new suburban stadium. Strikes me that plan is working about as well as the last time folks moved out of Atlanta. Fitting that the Reds won on a bases loaded walk, […]

I had a good ticket for tonight’s game. The weather was perfect. The Cardinals were in town. The Reds are playing about as well as can be expected right now. They had a chance to win the series. I didn’t go because Alfredo Simon was pitching for the Reds. And just like last night, the […]

When the Reds jumped out to a 5-0 lead the collective Redleg Nation mind began to boggle. An improbable five-game winning streak for a last-place club. Searches for pictures of statues holding brooms. Joy over a series sweep against a first-place team, Dusty Baker’s first-place team. The absurd notion that the Reds might be an […]

High altitude seemed to agree with Reds hitters. 17 hits by 10 different batters. Cincinnati 11 • Colorado 8  |  FanGraphs  | High Altitude and Junk Food Not-so-Great Expectations Dan Straily gave up five runs in six innings. Normally, we’d agree that was a terrible start. Especially when it’s the pitcher on the staff who has been the […]

The Reds have lost eleven in a row. They are 3-18 in road games. The pitching staff is flat out terrible. When they aren’t walking batters (11.2%, highest in MLB) Reds pitchers are grooving it down the middle. Five rookies pitched for Walt Jocketty’s club tonight. Why five rookies? The “Indifference to a Good Bullpen” […]

If you’ve watched a single second of a Reds game this year, you know just how bad the relief corps has been. Once the baseball is taken from the starter and the outfield gates open, fans are left holding their breath night in and night out. Numerous Cincinnati leads have evaporated with a reliever on […]

The Reds and their fans got an early glimpse of the Rebuild Binder tonight, with Jose Peraza starting his first game in a Cincinnati uniform. Peraza, who recently turned 22, was called up for three games to replace Billy Hamilton who is on bereavement leave. Peraza played centerfield. This wasn’t his major league debut though, […]

The Reds hit three solo home runs in route to a 3-2 win on Monday night against the Pirates. Dan Straily gave the Reds his third consecutive quality start. Most importantly, the Reds bullpen pitched three scoreless innings in the win. The Pirates got a runner to third base with 1 out in the 9th […]

Before we blame the bullpen entirely for this loss, remember that Brandon Finnegan gave up five runs in five innings. That said, various relief pitchers reverted to miserable form after a single glorious night of not giving up a run. You didn’t really think the Reds were going to win four games in a row […]