Reports (Chris Cotillo) indicate the Reds made two roster moves today that surprised no one. First, the club picked up the option on Johnny Cueto’s 2015 contract, paying the starting pitcher $10 million this season. Absent a further negotiated extension, Cueto will become a free agent. Second, they declined Jack Hannahan’s $4 million option and instead […]

The Reds outfielders have a combined 79 wRC+ in 2014. That is dead last in all of baseball this season. It gets even worse. The Reds outfield also has a .650 OPS. That is the 22nd worst of any MLB OF since 1914 (last year data is available). The 1968 Chicago White Sox outfield holds […]

[This post was written by Jux Berg, who has his own website at 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 Joe Atkinson, guest columnist from earlier in the season. Thanks, Joe! — spm] I’m throwing in the towel on 2014. There are two schools of thought right now as to how the Reds should face the future: as a team that still has a chance to win this year, or […]

[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 […]

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 […]

If the Reds actually do something before today’s non-waiver trade deadline at 4 p.m. ET, we’ll post a new thread. For now, use this as an open thread to discuss rumors, missed opportunities and your ideas for what general manager Walt Jocketty should do today. Check back here for updates as the day goes on. […]

The thing about writing a weekly column about how a team that can’t hit hits is that even when you’ve been gone for two weeks, you material doesn’t really change. It’s a lot of poop. Twenty-nine offensive players have come to bat for the Reds this year. Twenty-nine. Now, guess how many of them have […]

“If I have ventured wrongly, very well, life corrects me with a penalty. But if I haven’t ventured at all, who can help me then?”    —Kierkegaard The philosopher in all of us is crying out for Walt Jocketty to do something—anything—to deliver us from the evil of another Cardinal coronation come October. Pay any price. […]

Very shortly, the Reds will reach the halfway point in the season. As you are no doubt aware, they just peaked (or peeked) over .500 for the first time all year. They’ve been playing great lately and have been a joy to watch. But as the first half comes to a close, it’s interesting to […]

In 2009, Chris Heisey was named the Reds minor league player of the year after hitting .314/.379/.521 with 22 HR between AA and AAA (posted a 180 wRC+ at AA, 115 wRC+ at AAA). Heisey was called up to the Reds in May of 2010, and was used as a backup outfielder and pinch hitter […]

Final R H E Los Angeles Dodgers (34-31) 6 10 0 Cincinnati Reds (29-33) 2 7 1 W: D. Haren (6-4)   L: T. Cingrani (2-7) Box Score | Play-by-Play | Stats | Depth Chart | FanGraphs Win Probability The Good Logan Ondrusek. Yes. Logan Ondrusek. In his last 5 appearances, Logan has faced 35 […]