Bullpen fairy tales
2017 Reds

Bullpen fairy tales

A two-part narrative is developing around the Reds bullpen. It’s a simple story with a scary ending. First part: The bullpen has been bad lately and getting worse. Second: That’s because the relievers are getting tired from being used too much. The villain in this story is a shady cabal known as the Starting Rotation. … Continue reading

Let’s Win
2018 Reds

Let’s Win

Initially, I’d planned to write an entire post being contrarian about the whole Free Lorenzen thing. The premise being that, successful or not, the Reds still have a ton of starting pitching prospects AND Lorenzen is already a good reliever AND we should assume the Reds know at least a few things we don’t AND … Continue reading

Luis Castillo impressive in debut, Reds lose
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Luis Castillo impressive in debut, Reds lose

The Luis Castillo Era started in an unexpected way, with the pitcher grounding out to the shortstop. Once on the mound, Luis Castillo struck out the first batter he faced, throwing fastballs of 98, 99 and 100 mph before using his slider to get a swinging strike. Cincinnati Reds 5 • Washington Nationals 6 || Box || PlayLog || Statcast Five innings, … Continue reading