In his career against the Cincinnati Reds, tonight’s starter for Philadelphia, Roy Oswalt, is 23-3 with a 2.81 ERA. He’s the quintessential Reds-killer, and for many years he combined with Lance Berkman to give us all nightmares. This season, Oswalt is 13-13 with a sterling 2.76 ERA overall. Since joining the Phillies mid-season, Oswalt has […]

The Reds signed Orlando Cabrera to a free agent contract in the off season in an effort to strengthen one of the Reds’ biggest offseason question marks; that is, who plays shortstop or maybe the question was actually whether Paul Janish would hit enough to be the regular shortstop?

Janish was the default regular after oft-hurt Alex Gonzalez was dealt to the Red Sox in a post-trade deadline deal for minor leaguer Kris Negron last August. The Reds have been searching for a shortstop since the retirement of Barry Larkin following the 2004 season. Felipe Lopez gave us one good offensive season in 2005, but we’ve since gone through Gonzalez, Royce Clayton, Jeff Keppinger, Ray Olmedo, Juan Castro, Danny Richar, Enrique Cruz, William Bergolla, Rich Aurilia, Pedro Lopez, Jerry Hairston Jr. , Adam Rosales, Drew Sutton, and even Brandon Phillips has played there since Larkin retired. We even had current Reds’ shortstop Orlando Cabrera’s brother, Jolbert Cabrera, stand there for nine games in 2008.

I don’t know why, but I’m hearing Johnny Cash‘s “I’ve Been Everywhere” in the background; or maybe it’s REM’s “It’s the End of the World as We Know It;” maybe it’s Billy Joel‘s “We Didn’t Start the Fire,” I don’t know, but…

Am I the only one missing Barry Larkin?

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It’s that time of the year again, where hope springs eternal and optimism about the upcoming season is high. The Reds have lots of reasons to be hopeful entering the season. They have the makings of a good pitching staff, a core of talented bats, and several prospects worth keeping an eye on. The big question is, did the Reds do enough over the winter to address their needs to put a winning team, or dare to dream, a pennant contender, on the field?

Below is a position by position breakdown of the Reds to help us to preview their prospects for having a winning season.

Hitting

RK Pos   GP   AB   R    H  2B 3B  HR   TB RBI   BA  OBP  SLG  OPS 
12 Reds 161 5435 700 1346 268 24 185 2217 673 .248 .321 .408 .729 
   NL   161 5505 730 1435 294 30 162 2275 697 .261 .331 .413 .744 

Our offense ranked 12 out of 16 in the NL and we dumped our best hitter two thirds of the way into the season. Did the Reds add the offense they needed to be successful this season?

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More transactions: The Reds have moved three players off their 40-man roster this week. Utility player Jolbert Cabrera and pitchers Adam Pettyjohn and Jon Adkins were sent outright to Triple-A Louisville. Cabrera refused the assignment and became a free agent. Yeah, all minor moves, but GM Walt Jocketty hasn’t missed a step so far. He’s […]

Another brutal season for the Reds has ended and left us with nothing again but hope for next season. There are, however, legitimate reasons for hope for next season. We actually now have in place the makings of a good pitching staff and a core of talented bats.

There still remain areas for significant improvement that will have to be addressed for the Reds if they hope to put a winning team on the field for next season. Below is a position-by-position breakdown of the Reds to help us identify their needs for next season and then a list of the Reds free agents and arbitration eligible players who they will have to make decisions on this winter.

Hitting

RK Pos   GP   AB   R    H  2B 3B  HR   TB RBI   BA  OBP  SLG  OPS 
12 Reds 161 5435 700 1346 268 24 185 2217 673 .248 .321 .408 .729 
   NL   161 5505 730 1435 294 30 162 2275 697 .261 .331 .413 .744 

Our offense ranked 12 out of 16 in the NL and we dumped our best hitter two-thirds of the way into the season. We will definitely have to add some offense to be successful next season.

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