For years, I’ve followed both Jonah Keri’s and Fangraphs’ versions of establishing top-50 MLB Trade Value lists. Both annual rankings seek to provide an idea of how the baseball industry values its players, creating a sort of “absolute value” for what players could fetch on the open market. It’s a delicate balance of friendly contracts, […]

Hunter Greene gets most of the hype among Reds pitching prospects. Robert Stephenson and Cody Reed are the big names vying for chances in Triple-A. But down in Double-A Pensacola, Tony Santillan is quietly having a breakthrough season. In the process, he’s becoming someone who could conceivably contribute to the big-league club as soon as […]

Update #Reds will play a split doubleheader tomorrow. — Bobby Nightengale (@nightengalejr) August 3, 2018 In the wake of the Reds’ third straight defeat Thursday night, Manager Jim Riggleman said he, General Manager Nick Krall and Executive Advisor Walt Jocketty would be discussing some matters, including Tyler Mahle’s fourth straight terrible start. There is […]

The #Reds have recalled RHP Jesus Reyes (#57) from the Triple-A @LouisvilleBats and optioned to Louisville RHP Tyler Mahle. When he pitches, Reyes will make his Major League debut. — Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) August 3, 2018 Mentioned this possibility for Mahle in the game recap last night.  “The Reds are using a 6-man rotation, […]

The Nationals swept the Reds to open the season. Since then, the Nats have won just three more games than the Reds and have a losing record. On Opening Day, Max Schurzer (6 IP, 0 ER) out-dueled Homer Bailey (6 IP, 1 ER). Tonight was a continuation of that dominance. The Reds have now lost […]

The Reds proved to be very hospitable to the Philadelphia Phillies in the first game of a four game series at Great American Ballpark. Reds pitchers allowed seven home runs to the Phillies on Thursday evening, tying both the Phillies team record, and the Reds record for home runs allowed. Tyler Mahle could not record […]

Three-and-a-half months ago when these teams met, they were both in rough shape despite the hope that their respective rebuilding years were nearly over. The Reds (45-57), of course, were in the midst of their early-season meltdown that eventually led to a 3-18 start. The Phillies (57-44) were off to a 3-5 start that had […]

A couple of things have happened lately that concern the Reds and who starts games on the mound. Homer Bailey has returned and Robert Stephenson has been lights-out in Louisville. Also, Matt Harvey is on the way out. Yes, really. No, there is no good argument for keeping him. Given these things, it seemed a […]

With the Reds playing better baseball over the last two months (the weekend series against the Pirates notwithstanding), there’s been more talk of seriously competing in 2019. The team, of course, still has a few missing pieces to the puzzle to find before that can happen, though — primarily finding a rotation of reliable starting […]

The start of the second half was delayed for three hours, but the Reds are probably wishing now they had delayed it 24 hours. Tyler Mahle has not been the same pitcher in July that he was in June, as he allowed six earned runs on late Friday night. The Reds offense was without Joey […]

The baseball regular season resumes on the banks of the Ohio River tonight, as two teams riding waves of resurgence go at it at Great American Ball Park. The Pittsburgh Pirates have won seven of their last eight, including a five-game sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers last weekend. Prior to the break, the Reds won […]

Breathe in, hold for five seconds, and…release. Woosah. What a wild first half for the Reds. After starting the year 3-18 (kind of hard to believe, right?) they battled back and finished the first half 43-53. The Reds saw a manager get fired, the Opening Day starter get injured, the offense turn from joke to […]