The Astros and Cubs — two teams still wearing their uniforms — did it. So will the Reds. It’s when we’ll know for sure that the rebuilding is finally over. Or at least when the Reds front office thinks that moment has arrived. We’ll see those final roster moves. Dick Williams will package a group […]

Back on August 28th, Reds beat writer Zach Buchanan quoted Reds GM Dick Williams in the Cincinnati Enquirer. Here’s a quick excerpt: “We’d like to get the most talented player we can get,” said Reds general manager Dick Williams. “We’ll just have to see what that money level is. I think we’d rather concentrate our […]

Narratives separated by eight months: February 2017: The Reds finished 68-94 last season, fifth place in the National League Central division. The club’s starting rotation enters 2017 with considerable uncertainty: (1) veteran pitcher who didn’t pitch until June, but who started every turn afterward; (2) quality veteran who was injured last season, hopes to return […]

The Short Version: Leading 4-2 entering the bottom of the eighth inning, Michael Lorenzen and the Reds snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, as an Ian Happ home run gave Chicago a 5-2 win. Final R H E Cincinnati Reds (67-93) 4 8 2 Chicago Cubs (91-69) 5 9 0 W: Duensing (1-1) L: […]

It seems like just yesterday that the excitement for Opening Day overtook the city of Cincinnati once again. But even in another losing season for the Reds (67-92), time seemed to whiz by. Now — all of a sudden — we’re in the final weekend of the season. Not much is on the line as the […]

Well, there went the 1-game winning streak. Cincinnati Reds 3 • Milwaukee Brewers 4 || Box || Play Log || Statcast 23-year-old Sal Romano made his 16th start of the season for the Reds. That’s two more than the club gave to Bronson Arroyo, before his 40-year-old shoulder reached checkmate. Romano pitched 5.2 innings while striking out 7. He walked 2 and […]

There are things I’m good at. One of those things is convincing myself the Reds will be better. So, today, I thought it wouldn’t be the worst thing to talk about the best-case scenario for 2018. Except I don’t really like best-case scenarios. They’re outlandish. I’m more a fan of the 80th percentile or so. […]

The Short Version: Despite a nice start — all things considered — from young Robert Stephenson, the Reds drop their fifth consecutive game, 5-0 to the Boston Red Sox. At least there was a post-game concert by Bronson Arroyo. Final R H E Boston Red Sox (90-64) 5 7 0 Cincinnati Reds (66-89) 0 3 […]

One of the most intriguing aspects of sports is surprise performances: major upsets, and individuals and teams performing at a level higher than predicted or ever before seen. One reason they actually play the games is because of the variables in human athletic performance. Clearly one of the amazing and heartwarming stories of this otherwise […]

We had some glimmers of hope in recent weeks that things may be looking up, thanks to home sweeps of the Brewers and Pirates. But the Cardinals stopped by and reminded us that the Reds are still not ready to compete with the better teams. (Maybe if Luis Castillo and Tyler Mahle were still in […]

The Reds expect their rotation to improve in 2018 and how could they not. This season, the Reds gave 46 combined starts to Lisalverto Bonilla, Bronson Arroyo, Tim Adelman, and Asher Wojciechowski. Next year, they expect to pitch only guys who may have a future as starters with the team. A couple of weeks ago, […]

The Short Version: Robert Stephenson pitched six innings of one-hit, shutout ball, and the Reds played longball in the sixth inning — with home runs by Eugenio Suarez and Scooter Gennett — to secure a series sweep over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Final R H E Pittsburgh Pirates (68-82) 2 3 0 Cincinnati Reds (66-84) 5 […]