In the midst of the Steroid Era in the early 2000s, Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane saw other teams were undervaluing on-base percentage (among many other areas), instead placing a priority on qualities like speed and runs batted in. He realized he could put together a formidable offense without spending on high-priced sluggers and […]

If they stick around long enough, baseball general managers tend to get reputations. Jim “Ralph” Bowden would chase a five tool prospect for years. Wayne Krivsky never met a two-year contract extension he didn’t like. Billy Beane’s approach was detailed in Moneyball, while Brian Sabean is perceived to put more emphasis on scouting and intangibles.  The reality is never this simple, […]

Discussing expectations for 2015, Brandon Phillips said, “Our goal coming to spring training is to win the World Series, and if we stay healthy and go out there and play small-ball and do the right things, I feel like we can achieve our goal as a team.” We know the Reds didn’t stay healthy in […]

“The importance of the shoulder in hitting is underestimated,” says Dr. Neal ElAttrache of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Center, one of the world’s foremost authorities on the subject. ”Trying to re-establish ones mechanics after (shoulder) surgery is a complex process. It’s extremely delicate. It involves rebuilding strength, and all that goes into the swing from the […]

Much attention has been put on the Reds’ situation out there in left field this offseason, leading to the trade for Marlon Byrd. Some think Byrd isn’t a large enough improvement to make a difference in the 2015 Reds. Even if that ends up being the case there still remains another way to drastically improve […]

When the Reds declined Ryan Ludwick’s 2015 option, they assured the club would be in the market for a new starting left-fielder. Reds general manager Walt Jocketty confirmed this weekend that Nori Aoki and Michael Morse are priority targets, indicating the club preferred to acquire a LF through free agency rather than by trade (John Fay, […]

[This post was written by Jux Berg, who has his own website at Bergonsports.com and @bergonsports on Twitter. Thanks, Jux. — spm] An argument can be made that heading into 2014, Cincinnati’s roster was solid enough to return playoff baseball to Great American Ballpark. It just so happened that an incomprehensible ten out of Cincy’s […]

[This post was written by Warren Leeman, better known in these parts and the frozen tundra as Shchi Cossack. He’s decloaked for a moment at our request to elaborate on a comment he wrote a few days ago. — spm] The Old Cossack never throws in the towel on a season until the Reds are […]

Final R H E Cincinnati Reds (61-61) 3 11 0 Colorado Rockies (47-75) 2 6 0 W: Cueto (15-6) L: Ottavino (0-4) S: Chapman (26) Box Score | Play-by-Play | Game Thread | Photos | Win Probability The Reds ended their three game losing streak with a 3-2 win. Cueto pitched 8.0 innings of two run baseball, and the […]

The Reds lost a heart-breaker last night to the Marlins. It was a loss that featured some very poor, against the numbers tactical decisions. Let’s break down the 9th inning as orchestrated by Bryan Price. The Reds were down 2-0 entering the 9th. Frazier and Mesoraco lead off the 9th inning with back to back […]

Final R H E Arizona Diamondbacks (46-61)  0 5 0 Cincinnati Reds (53-53)  3 7 2 W: Leake (8-9)   L: Cahill (1-8)   S: Chapman (23) Box Score | Play-By-Play | Photos | FanGraphs Win Probability The Reds were able to get their second win of the second half, beating the Diamondbacks 3-0. Leake, Broxton, and […]

Final R H E   Cincinnati Reds  (51-47) 2 6 1   New York Yankees  (50-47) 3 11 1  W: Chapman (0-3) L: Robertson (1-2)  Box Score |   Play-by-Play    |   Game Thread    |    Photos   |  Win Probability The Reds got swept by the Yankees, in glorious TOOTBLAN fashion. With a runner on third base and 1 out in the 9th inning of a […]