It’s a fun question to ponder, but settling on an answer was harder than I expected. I’ve never witnessed a no-hitter or perfect game, never seen someone homer four times or collect hit #4,192, and never experienced division-clinching walk-off heroics. After mentally rewinding through three decades of fandom (and taking a quick glance through some […]

Kevin Shackelford is the closer for the Louisville Bats. In his first 11 relief appearances this season, he pitched scoreless baseball in ten of them. His stats, despite this small sample, are pretty good– 14 innings pitched, 7 hits and earned run average of just 2.08. His only flaw has been control; in those 14 […]

The Reds played the Kansas City Royals today at Surprise Stadium in Surprise, AZ. The Royals share the ballpark with the Texas Rangers. Surprise is a Phoenix exurb about 30 minutes north of Goodyear. Surprise Stadium offers considerably more shade than Goodyear. My third row seat behind the Reds dugout was without direct sun the […]

Editor’s Note: I hope you will join me in welcoming Adam Taylor to the Redleg Nation family. Please make him feel welcome! — Chad Dotson One name to watch in the battle for bullpen openings is Barrett Astin. Astin is a 25-year-old, right-handed pitcher and former third round pick out of Arkansas. He was acquired […]

With a bolstered cadre of arms, bullpen management has become a hot topic in the Nation. How should Rasiel Iglesias be used to limit his risk of injury? What about Michael Lorenzen? Is Tony Cingrani the closer? Why does Bryan Price continue to use Ross Ohlendorf in high-leverage circumstances? Different managers take different approaches to […]

Final R H E St. Louis Cardinals (56-50) 5 10 2 Cincinnati Reds (43-62) 7 11 0 W: Diaz (1-1) L: Oh (2-2) FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score The Good –With the Reds down 5-4 in the bottom of the ninth, Joey Votto led off with a single to right field. Adam Duvall followed […]

Thoughts about a few current events: The Votto-Cueto Moment Last year it was Todd Frazier’s heart-pounding win in the Home Run Derby – the highlight of an otherwise dreary season for Reds fans. Joey Votto’s second at bat against Johnny Cueto last night wasn’t on that grand of a stage. But at least to this […]

As Jeremy hinted at in the opening installment of Redleg Nation’s Milwaukee Brewers preview series, the race for fourth in the National League Central between the Rebootin’ Reds and the Rebuildin’ Brewers illustrates a philosophical dichotomy between the two clubs and how they are each approaching the refurbishment of their rosters. While each organization has been busy trading some of its more recognizable […]

Central Intelligence is back after a week off. Our spot in the rotation got skipped last week due to the big Cueto news. The trade deadline has come and gone. The Cardinals, Pirates, and Cubs all made some nice upgrades, but didn’t make any moves that would blow up their farm systems. The Reds and […]

Let’s take a breather from the current product and check in with some notable 2014 Reds that aren’t with the organization anymore, including prospects that were seemingly part of the club’s future. Players listed in alphabetical order. Jonathan Broxton, RP, Milwaukee Brewers Transaction: Traded to the Brewers on August 31 for Kevin Shackelford and Barrett […]

The Cincinnati Reds (5-7) are in Milwaukee (2-10) for their last stop of this 10 game road trip. The Brewers were swept by Pittsburgh over the weekend and have lost five straight. They have the worst run differential (-35) in all of baseball. They are also last in runs allowed per game and defensive efficiency […]

Rotation The Brewers don’t have an ace. They don’t have anything that resembles an ace. As hard as you squint, you can’t make Matt Garza look like anything but a good, middle-of-the-rotation starter. But the Brewers have an entire rotation of solid, middle-of-the-rotation starters, and teams can find value in that. Zips projects every member […]