The time between now and the July 31 trade deadline may prove as consequential as any two weeks of the Reds multi-year rebuilding process. The team is close to being a contender. That seemed unimaginable in April. But we Reds fans now sense in our bones the wait is months, not years, for a team in […]

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 […]

It was announced on Sunday evening that the Reds got not one, not two, but three infielders into the All-Star game. That came to a surprise for many in Reds country, not because of the three players performance, they are certainly worthy. It came as a surprise because the Reds are in last place, and […]

The team leader right now in plate appearances is Joey Votto – as it should be – but coming in at number two on the team is Jose Peraza. It’s been a wild ride getting there – after being acquired from the Dodgers after the 2015 season, Peraza represented the Future of the Middle Infield™ […]

The Arizona Diamondbacks sluggish offense, last in many hitting categories, was no match for the Reds poor pitching and awful defense. The Reds outhit Arizona 16-11 and only struck out once.  Cincinnati Reds 5 (19-36) • Arizona Diamondbacks 12 (27-26) Box Score || Win % || Reds Pitcher Statcast || Reds Hitter Statcast Struggling Homer Bailey lasted 4+ innings and gave up six earned runs, mostly on a […]

This week’s respondents are Matt Wilkes, Matt Habel, Jordan Barhorst, Jackson Thurnquist, and Jeff Gangloff. Our Weekly Reds Obsession: Has the slow start to the season caused you to change your opinion of the 2018 Reds, and what will the team’s final record be? Matt Wilkes: My opinion hasn’t changed much. The team is better […]

There’s an episode of Cheers where Norm has an interview for his dream job as a beer sampler at a local brewery. At the bar before the interview, Rebecca Howe tells Norm a story of her blowing an interview so badly she ended up singing knick-knack-paddy-whack-give-a-dog-a-bone. Rebecca’s story gets stuck in Norm’s head. When Norm […]

Yes, I appreciate the irony of an optimistic post about the Reds built around a metaphor of brightening skies while the Opening Day game is rained out. But let’s persist and use the overcast and now unoccupied moment to assess where the Reds stand in relation to being good. Reconstruction of the team progressed too […]

We are two days away from Opening Day of the 2018 season and I am excited to be back with you this season. Every two weeks I will be taking a deep dive into a topic related to the Reds offense. Matt Wilkes kicked off On the Mound with Matt last week and today is […]

The Reds play the LA Angels today at Goodyear Ballpark. Game time is 3:05 p.m. ET. Radio broadcast on WSAI-1360. Here is the Reds lineup: Billy Hamilton CF Cliff Pennington SS Joey Votto 1B Eugenio Suarez 3B Phil Gosselin DH Scooter Gennett 2B Tucker Barnhart C Patrick Kivlehan RF Ben Revere LF Sal Romano makes […]

Projections in baseball are a funny thing. For the most part, they’re a crapshoot. As hard as it is to hit a round ball with a round bat, it’s even harder for us to try to predict just how successful a given player will be at hitting a round ball with a round bat, not […]

Over at MLB.com, Mark Sheldon has composed five questions that he says are facing the Cincinnati Reds in 2018. Conveniently, he also composed his answers to those questions; I encourage you to go read his thoughts. I’m interested to know what your answers would be to these questions… 1. What will the rotation look like? […]