Despite the New York Mets losing record, chances were pretty good the Reds would have to play a good game tonight if they hoped to win with Noah Syndergaard on the mound. They didn’t. They’re now 6-11 in the second half.  I’m guessing there’s ever-growing room on the Jim Riggleman bandwagon now. Those national writers […]

After a slow start that lingered through the month of May, the 2018 Reds offense has shifted into high gear. It has produced the third most runs in the National League. In June and July, our Reds have outscored the Red Sox, Yankees, Dodgers, Cubs, Brewers, even Cleveland. In fact, they’ve put more runs on […]

The job of interim manager — in baseball and other industries — is a tough one. You’re pretty much guaranteed to inherit a bad team in turmoil. Firing the old manager itself causes disruption. If you’re the interim person’s boss, you just want the operation back running smoothly.  In fact, the skill set for succeeding […]

Cueeeto. Cueeeto. Cueeeto. The chanting started quietly but quickly became audible on the television broadcast. The crowd at McFadden’s, a bar just across the street from PNC Park, joined in. I started to tense up as I was behind enemy lines and did not have much ammunition with the Reds facing an early 1-0 deficit. […]

Over at Fangraphs, Jeff Sullivan has organized a couple of polls, the results of which give us a glimpse into what Reds fans think of the people who are running the franchise. Today, Sullivan released the “Complete Team Ownership Ratings,” which is this: It should be very obvious that we don’t actually know that much […]

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in Orlando. That’s where the Major League Baseball Winter Meetings take place next week. Front office personnel, player agents and reporters gather for five days, beginning Sunday. Think of the winter meetings as the sport’s offseason starting flag. It’s a ritual more than a century old. The […]

[This post was written by Warren Leeman, who comments under the name Shchi Cossack. Thanks, Warren!] In his recent piece, Matt Habel made the Old Cossack take a more obtuse look at Zack Cozart’s performance from 2017 and the Editors provided some thought-provoking questions regarding what the off season should entail for the Reds. We […]

If he makes it through September, Bryan Price will have been the manager of the Cincinnati Reds for four seasons. Four long, losing seasons. The stats on Price’s Baseball-Reference page don’t inspire confidence. His Reds teams have had a winning percentage of .424. The fourth-place finish in the division in 2014 will be Price’s high-water […]

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 […]

[This post was written by loyal Nation member Ron Smith, a regular commenter under the name Old-school. We asked Ron to elaborate on a comment he made a couple days ago that we considered very thought-provoking. And he did! Thanks, Ron!] “We’ve just come to a point where we’re not going to lose anymore” –Bob […]

With analytics becoming more prevalent in baseball, the popularity of the save has diminished in recent years. The logic behind this is fairly simple: why save your best reliever for the very last inning when a turning point in the game may come in the sixth, seventh, or eighth inning? Yet, many managers still refuse […]

Dick Williams gave a lengthy and eye-opening interview to David Laurila, published at FanGraphs yesterday. Williams talked about improvements the Reds are making based on a top-to-bottom review of the organization he conducted in 2016, his first year as Reds general manager. Read this closely: “Last year, we went through a thorough analysis of our business. […]