Sometimes things just click. Sometimes they just fall into place. Sometimes good things happen to people who work hard. All of those things happened to Keury Mella in 2018. The 6’2” starting righthanded pitcher began the season at Pensacola (Class AA) and he had a breakout season for the Blue Wahoos. Mella was obtained by […]

No aspect of baseball through its history has changed more than pitching. Underhand to overhand. Soft toss to max velocity. Adding a mound and rubber. The introduction of players who were pitching specialists. Then relievers. Relievers used for fewer than three outs. For exactly three outs. Firemen and the disappearance of firemen. Measuring pitch speed and […]

Climb up here on my stoop, dear Redleg Nation reader, and listen to my crotchety old-man impression as I regale you with stories from my high school baseball days. The two best high school baseball players I ever did see were both drafted into the MLB. (Crotchety old men speak in rhyme, right?) One, a […]

Let’s take a brief walk down pre-rebuild memory lane shall we: 2012: Reds win NL Central with record of 97-65, Braves take Wild Card No. 1 at 94-68 2013: Reds take Wild Card No. 2 at 90-72, Braves win NL East with 96-66 record 2014: Reds (76-86) and Braves (79-83) both miss playoffs, respective rebuilds begin By the […]

Eugenio Suarez’s fractured thumb raises anew the issue of when the Reds should call up their top prospect, Nick Senzel. Borrowing from an old post, here’s a quick refresher of the labor framework and math of service time considerations and how they relate to Senzel. Years of Team Control As determined by the Collective Bargaining Agreement […]

Yes, I appreciate the irony of an optimistic post about the Reds built around a metaphor of brightening skies while the Opening Day game is rained out. But let’s persist and use the overcast and now unoccupied moment to assess where the Reds stand in relation to being good. Reconstruction of the team progressed too […]

This is our first in a series of hitting and pitching columns this season. As you can see, I’ll be handling the pitching, while Matt Habel will cover the hitters. Our plan is to alternate every week, and we’re starting this week with our first edition of On the Mound with Matt. Stay tuned next […]

Whether I was reeling from the cumulative effects of a multi-season rebuild or because I was nonplussed by an offseason in which the Reds’ only notable acquisitions were thirty-something journeymen relievers, I nearly scrapped my annual spring training road trip this year. “I never go to Phoenix to see the Reds play the Diamondbacks during […]

This week’s respondents are Nick Doran, Nick Carrington, the inimitable Mary Beth Ellis, and Chad Dotson. Our Daily Reds Obsession: Which 5 pitchers will start the most games for the 2018 Reds? Nick D: Well I wish Luis Castillo could start them all, but this isn’t like 1869 when one pitcher was all you needed, […]

Welcome to Three Reds Questions (3RQ), a new feature at Redleg Nation. Each week, a group of our writers – and maybe an occasional special guest or select commenter – will answer three important questions concerning our Redlegs. This week, our panel of Reds obsessives includes Nick Carrington, Ashley Davis, Chad Dotson, Nick Kirby, Steve […]

First, I must apologize. Last week, I had the flu and thus no Rain Delay was Regularly Scheduled. Your weekly intake of lame jokes and annoyingly specific pop culture references was stripped right from your hands, and let’s be honest, most of you were probably happy to see it go. But now it’s back! Quiet […]

The Reds have activated Jesse Winker from the DL, and added Deck McGuire and Keury Mella. Barrett Astin designated for assignment. — Zach Buchanan (@ZHBuchanan) September 12, 2017 As you see from the crack reporting of Zach Buchanan, the Reds have activated Jesse Winker from the disabled list. Interestingly, he’s in tonight’s lineup (in right […]