It’s said that baseball is a game of famous statistics. The mention of 56 is one of those iconic numbers any baseball fan can assign meaning without further explanation. That’s the number of consecutive games in 1941 that Joe DiMaggio got a base hit. Of the thousands of individuals who have played major league baseball, […]

During the early part of this season, the Reds have reminded me of another Reds team from not long ago: the 2009 team. Why 2009? The Reds finished 78-84, 4th in the NL Central that season, but it was the year before the magical 2010 division championship. The Reds had a number of prospects who […]

Let’s recap today’s titanic struggle…. FINAL Milwaukee 1 Cincinnati 5 W: J. Cueto (4-0) L: W. Peralta (4-8) S: A. Simon (1) BOX SCORE POSITIVES –Johnny Cueto was very effective in his return from the disabled list, going six innings and allowing just one run on five hits. He also drove in a run with […]

Let’s recap today’s titanic struggle…. FINAL Milwaukee 6 Cincinnati 0 W: Y. Gallardo (6-6) L: H. Bailey (4-5) BOX SCORE POSITIVES –Jay Bruce and Ryan Hanigan were each 2-3. Bruce had the Reds only extra-base hit, a double in the ninth. –JJ Hoover pitched a perfect inning of relief. NEGATIVES –Homer Bailey was not good: […]

The Reds (18-14) return home after a successful (given Cincinnati’s struggles on the road, I’ll call a .500 road trip “successful”) road trip to face the NL East’s first place club, the Atlanta Braves (18-12). Permit me to digress a moment, and talk about the Atlanta National League Baseball Club. As longtime readers may remember, […]

It’s an early August Sunday afternoon and the Cincinnati Reds are attempting to sweep their new rivals to the throne, the surprising Pirates. The Elias Sports Bureau says that Cincinnati’s 22 wins in 25 games is a hot streak of historic proportions, one that even Johnny, Tony, Joe & Pete never crafted, a run not […]

Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle…. FINAL Atlanta 3 Cincinnati 6 W: H. Bailey (3-3) L: R. Delgado (2-5) S: L. Ondrusek (2) BOX SCORE POSITIVES –Sweep! –Devin Mesoraco had the big blow, a grand slam in the sixth that turned a one-run deficit into a three-run lead. –Homer Bailey pitched six strong innings, allowing two […]

Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle…. FINAL Atlanta 1 Cincinnati 4 W: M. Leake (1-5) L: M. Minor (2-4) S: S. Marshall (8) BOX SCORE POSITIVES –Mike Leake was brilliant tonight. In his best start of the year, Leake went 8 strong innings against the second-best offense in the league, allowing only one run on two […]

Out of the NL East frying pan, into the fire. The Redlegs (17-16, 2nd place, 2.5 GB) begin a seven-game road trip tonight in Atlanta. After a sweep of St. Louis, the Braves (22-13, $82.4 million payroll) hold a slim half-game lead over Cincinnati’s most-recent opponent, Washington. It’s a brief two-game series: tonight (7:10 pm) […]

Lots and lots and lots of news out of Redsland today. We’re going to have some interesting posts for you over the next several days, especially once we hear the particulars of the Votto deal. Maybe I’m crazy, but I feel like everything we’ve heard from the Reds over the last few days signals a […]

Mark Sheldon is reporting that Juan Francisco has been traded to the Atlanta Braves for minor league pitcher J.J. Hoover. Hoover, 24, went 25-19 with a 3.14 ERA in 99 appearances, including 61 starts, over four years (2008 to 2011) in the Braves farm system. Barring a second trade, this should solidify Todd Frazier’s spot […]

Based on an interview with Dusty Baker, John Fay reports today that the Reds are considering Mike Leake as the odd man out of the rotation at the start of the year. Baker didn’t include Leake in the list of definite starters. “We got (Johnny) Cueto, (Mat) Latos, Bronson (Arroyo),” he said And Leake? “I didn’t […]