The Cincinnati Reds (15-29) will look to continue their 2018 dominance of the Chicago Cubs (22-18) this weekend in Great American Ball Park. Despite their poor overall record, the Reds have eviscerated their division foes, going undefeated against the NL Central favorites this year. The two teams will meet for four games in three days, […]

Don’t look now (or maybe, yes, do look) the Cincinnati Reds went 5-2 on the dreaded West coast road trip. That’s good for any team, but great for one that limped out of April with a 7-22 record. The good guys have won 7 of the last 9.  The team has an off day on […]

Last night, I was in attendance for Robert Stephenson’s start in Louisville. In the first inning, Stephenson hit Edwin Espinal in the face, breaking his jaw. He also hit the first batter of the second inning and things got very tense for a while. And yet, he went 6 innings on 88 pitches, allowing 1 […]

It’s hard to overstate the importance of the next 11 months for the Cincinnati Reds, leading up to Opening Day 2019. The rebuilding process has reached crescendo. It now requires big, calculated expenditures of assets — money and players — on impact upgrades. The Brewers acquisition of Christian Yelich and Lorenzo Cain come to mind. […]

When the Reds fired pitching coach Mack Jenkins on April 18, they brought in Danny Darwin from Double-A Pensacola to take over the job. One of his goals for the team’s pitching staff: get them to throw inside with more regularity. “We’re going to pitch inside. That’s one thing that needs to happen here, try […]

We know that starters are more valuable and harder to come by than relievers. Starters pitch more innings than their bullpen compadres and must face a lineup multiple times. Because of these factors, starters often have a different skillset than relievers. When evaluating whether a pitcher should be a starter or reliever, I like to […]

Two years ago, Amir Garrett was the Reds’ minor league pitcher of the year. His prospect stock hit an all-time high, and he was one of the organization’s most promising arms among a sea of talent. Flash forward to today and the 6-foot-5 left-hander has arguably never looked better on the mound. Yet, he’s not in […]

Yesterday, I planned to run a poll to gauge how ready the fan base was to stop waiting and have the Reds put their foot on the collective gas. Well, I ran that poll and posting it here is pointless. Essentially the fan base wants the 25 best players on the roster either NOW or […]

Winning is fun. The Reds (2-5) should try that more often, huh? After a rough first week of the season, the club finally broke through against the Pirates (6-2) last night to erase the taste of a particularly ugly loss on Friday. They’ll try to turn it into a winning streak today as they wrap […]

Today is Minor League Baseball Opening Day. The AA Pensacola Blue Wahoos, A+ Daytona Tortugas, and A Dayton Dragons all begin play today. The AAA Louisville Bats start their season tomorrow. All four of these teams have released their opening day rosters. Let’s take a look at each team’s roster to see where the Red’s […]

Baseball fans tend to forget just how hard this game is at the highest level. We expect prospects that succeed in the minors to transition to the Major Leagues seamlessly. That doesn’t happen often. A pitcher’s development is rarely linear. He may have several peaks and valleys in a short period of time or struggle […]

In the days leading up to Opening Day, we’ll be previewing The State Of The Reds at every single position on the field. Check out the previous installments of our Redleg Nation 2018 Season Preview series: —Catcher —First Base —Second Base —Third Base —Shortstop —Center Field —Right Field —Bullpen Starting pitching is a key pillar of all […]